The Spyware Warrior Guide to

Anti-Spyware Testing:
Results # 3

by Eric L. Howes

Oct. 8-9, 2004
 

On this page... Anti-Spyware Test by Eric L. Howes

Note: please read the Test Guide page for important information about these tests.
And see the Critical Detections page for information on the detections used below.

Scan Results (3)
Detection Ad-aware Spy Sweep Spybot S&D Aluria SE McAfee AS Pest Patrol SpySubtract Giant AS SW Doctor X-Cleaner
180Solutions/nCase
180S-01 X X --- X --- --- X X --- ---
180S-02 X X --- X --- --- X X X ---
180S-03 --- X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
180S-04 X X --- X --- X X X --- X
180S-05 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
Bargain Buddy
BARG-01 X X X --- X X X X X X
BARG-02 X X X --- X X X X --- X
BARG-03 X X X X X X X X X X
BARG-04 X X --- --- X X X X --- X
BARG-05 X X --- --- --- --- X X --- ---
BARG-06 --- X --- --- X --- X X --- ---
                     
Bundleware
BUND-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
BUND-02 --- --- --- X --- --- X --- --- ---
                     
ClipGenie
CLIP-01 X X --- X X --- X X --- ---
                     
Downloadware/Network Essentials
DOWN-01 X X X X X X X X X X
DOWN-02 X X X X X X X X X X
DOWN-03 X X X --- X X --- X X X
                     
FunWeb/SmileyCentral
FUNW-01 --- --- X X X X X X X X
FUNW-02 --- --- X X --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
GAIN DashBar
GAIN-01 X X --- --- X X X X --- ---
GAIN-02 X X X --- X X X X --- ---
GAIN-03 X X X X X X X X --- ---
GAIN-04 X --- X X X X X X --- ---
GAIN-05 --- X X --- X X --- X --- ---
GAIN-06 X X --- --- X X X X --- ---
                     
IBIS Toolbar/Websearch
IBWS-01 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWS-02 X X --- X X X X X X X
IBWS-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWS-04 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWS-05 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWS-06 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWS-07 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWS-08 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWS-09 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWS-10 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWS-11 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWS-12 --- X --- X --- X --- --- --- ---
IBWS-13 --- X --- -- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWS-14 --- --- --- X --- X --- X X X
                     
IBIS Toolbar/WinTools
IBWT-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
IBWT-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
IBWT-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
IBWT-04 --- --- --- --- --- X X X X X
IBWT-05 --- --- --- --- --- X X X X X
IBWT-06 --- --- --- --- --- X --- X X X
IBWT-07 --- --- --- --- --- X X X X X
                     
IEPlugin/IMI Toolbar
IEPL-01 --- X --- --- X --- --- X --- ---
IEPL-02 --- X --- --- --- --- X X --- ---
IEPL-03 X X X X X X X X --- X
IEPL-04 X X X X X X X X X X
IEPL-05 X X X X X X X X --- ---
IEPL-06 X X X X X X X X --- ---
IEPL-07 --- X X X --- X --- X X ---
IEPL-08 X X X --- X X --- --- X ---
IEPL-09 X X X X X X --- X X X
IEPL-10 X X --- X --- X X X --- ---
IEPL-11 X X --- X --- --- X X --- ---
IEPL-12 X X X --- --- X X X --- X
IEPL-13 X X X X X X X X X X
IEPL-14 --- X X X X X X X X X
IEPL-15 X X X X --- X --- X --- X
                     
Midaddle
MIDL-01 X --- --- --- --- --- X --- --- ---
MIDL-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MIDL-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
MyTotalSearchBar
MYTO-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X X
MYTO-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X X
MYTO-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X X
MYTO-04 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X X
MYTO-05 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X X
MYTO-06 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X X
MYTO-07 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X X
MYTO-08 X --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
MYTO-09 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
MYTO-10 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
MYTO-11 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
MYTO-12 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
MYTO-13 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
MYTO-14 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
MYTO-15 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
MYTO-16 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
MYTO-17 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
MYTO-18 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
MYTO-19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X X
                     
N-Lite
NLIT-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
NLIT-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
PrecisionTime
PREC-01 X X X --- X X X X --- ---
PREC-02 X X X --- X X X X --- ---
                     
Recommended HotFix/Network Essentials
RECH-01 --- X X X X X --- X --- X
RECH-02 --- X X X X X --- X --- X
                     
SearchEXE
SEXE-01 X X --- --- X X X X --- ---
SEXE-02 X X --- X X X X X --- ---
SEXE-03 X X --- --- X X --- X --- X
SEXE-04 X X X --- X X --- X X X
SEXE-05 X X X X X X --- X X ---
SEXE-06 X X X X X X --- X X ---
SEXE-07 --- X X --- X X --- X --- X
                     
Spyblocs/eBlocs
SPYB-01 --- --- --- --- --- X --- --- --- ---
SPYB-02 --- --- --- --- --- X --- --- --- ---
                     
TVMedia
TVM-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
TVM-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- X
TVM-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
TVM-04 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
TVM-05 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
TVM-06 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
TVM-07 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
TVM-08 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
TVM-09 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
TVM-10 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
TVM-11 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X
TVM-12 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
                     
VX2/Favoriteman
VX2F-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- X
VX2F-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
VX2F-03 X --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- X
                     
VX2/Look2Me
VX2L-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
VX2L-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
WildMedia
WILD-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
WILD-02 X X --- --- --- --- X X --- ---
WILD-03 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
WILD-04 X X --- --- --- --- X X --- ---
WILD-05 ---- X --- --- --- X --- X --- ---
WILD-06 --- X --- X --- --- --- --- --- ---
WILD-07 X X --- X --- --- --- --- --- X
                     
WhenU/SaveNow
WUSA-01 X X --- --- X X X X X X
WUSA-02 X X X X X X X X X X
WUSA-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
WUSA-04 X X X X X X X X X X
WUSA-05 X X X X X X --- --- --- X
                     
WhenU/Search
WUSE-01 X X --- --- X X X X --- X
WUSE-02 X X --- --- X X X X --- ---
WUSE-03 X X --- X X X --- X --- ---
WUSE-04 X X --- --- X X X X --- X
WUSE-05 --- X --- --- X --- X X --- ---
                     
WhenU/Weathercast
WUWE-01 X X X --- X X X X --- ---
WUWE-02 X X X X X X X X X ---
                     
Browser Hijack
BHIJ-01 X X X --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
BHIJ-02 X X X --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BHIJ-03 X X X --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
BHIJ-04 --- X X --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
BHIJ-05 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
BHIJ-06 X X X --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
BHIJ-07 X X X --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
BHIJ-08 X X X --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BHIJ-09 --- X X --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
BHIJ-10 -- X X --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
BHIJ-11 X X X --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BHIJ-12 X X X --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
HOSTS File Hijack
HOST-01 --- --- X --- --- --- --- X --- ---
HOST-02 --- --- X --- --- --- --- X --- ---
HOST-03 --- --- X --- --- --- --- X --- ---
                     
Misc/Unknown
MISC-01 --- --- --- --- --- X --- --- --- ---
MISC-02 --- --- --- --- --- X --- --- --- ---
MISC-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MISC-04 --- --- --- --- --- X --- --- --- ---
                     
Summ.
False pos. 0 0 0 3 13 10 0 0 0 1
Total (of 153) 70/153 87/153 51/153 38/153 48/153 61/153 49/153 97/153 44/153 46/153
Detection Ad-aware Spy Sweep Spybot S&D Aluria SE McAfee AS Pest Patrol SpySubtract Giant AS SW Doctor X-Cleaner
 
Key:
 
Symbol Means...
BLUE File
RED Executable file in memory
GREEN Registry key/value
BLACK HOSTS file entry
X detected & removed
--- not detected & removed

 Note: for detailed information on each detection, see the Critical Detections page.
  

Application information:
 
Application Version Defs Home page
Lavasoft Ad-aware SE Personal 1.05 Oct 7 Link
Webroot Spy Sweeper 3.2 Oct 5 Link
Spybot Search & Destroy 1.3.1 tx Sep 30 Link
Aluria Spyware Eliminator 3.0.32 Oct 1 Link
McAfee AntiSpyware 1.00.1126 Oct 1 Link
Pest Patrol  4.4.3.24 Oct 6 Link
Intermute SpySubtract Pro 2.51 Sep 21 Link
GIANT AntiSpyware 1.0.272 Oct 9 Link
PC Tools Spyware Doctor 2.1.0.254 Oct 7 Link
Xblock.com X-Cleaner Deluxe 4.0.0.249 Sep 20 Link

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