The Spyware Warrior Guide to

Anti-Spyware Testing:
Results # 5

by Eric L. Howes

Oct. 13-15, 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 (5)
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 --- X
180S-02 X X --- X --- --- X X X ---
180S-03 X X --- X --- X X X --- X
180S-04 X X X X --- X X X --- X
180S-05 X --- X X --- --- X X X ---
180S-06 --- X X --- --- --- --- X --- ---
                     
BlazeFind/WinSync/WindUpdates
BLAZ-01 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BLAZ-02 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BLAZ-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BLAZ-04 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BLAZ-05 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BLAZ-06 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BLAZ-07 X X --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
                     
ClickAlchemy
CLAL-01 X X X X --- X X X X X
CLAL-02 X X X X --- X X X X X
                     
Effective Brand Games Toolbar
EBGT-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
EBGT-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
EBGT-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
EBGT-04 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
EBGT-05 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
EBGT-06 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
eZula
EZUL-01 X X X X X X X X --- X
EZUL-02 X X X X X X X X X X
EZUL-03 X X X X X X X X --- X
EZUL-04 X X X X X X X X --- X
EZUL-05 X X X X X X X X --- X
EZUL-06 X X X --- X X X X X ---
EZUL-07 X X X --- X X X X X X
                     
FunWeb
FUNW-01 --- --- X X --- --- --- X --- ---
FUNW-02 --- --- X X --- --- --- X --- ---
                     
MegaSearch Toolbar
MEGA-01 --- X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
MEGA-02 --- X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
MEGA-03 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MEGA-04 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MEGA-05 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MEGA-06 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MEGA-07 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MEGA-08 X X --- --- X --- --- X --- ---
MEGA-09 --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MEGA-10 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
                     
My Web Search Email Plugin
MWSE-01 X --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-02 X --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-03 X --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-04 X --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-05 X --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-06 --- --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-07 X --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-08 X --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-09 X --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-10 --- --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-11 X --- --- --- X --- --- X X ---
MWSE-12 --- --- X --- X --- --- --- --- ---
MWSE-13 --- --- X --- X --- --- X X ---
MWSE-14 X --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-15 X --- X --- --- --- --- X X ---
MWSE-16 X --- X --- X --- --- X X ---
MWSE-17 X --- X --- --- --- --- X --- ---
MWSE-18 --- --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSE-19 X --- X --- X --- --- X X X
                     
MyWebSearch Search Assistant
MWSS-01 X --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MWSS-02 --- --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
My Daily Horoscope
MYDH-01 X X --- --- --- X X X --- ---
MYDH-02 --- X --- --- --- X X X --- ---
                     
N-Lite
NLIT-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
NLIT-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
ShopAtHomeSelect
SAHS-01 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
SAHS-02 X X --- --- X --- --- X --- X
SAHS-03 X X X --- --- X X X --- X
SAHS-04 X X X X X X X X --- X
SAHS-05 X X --- X --- X X X --- ---
SAHS-06 --- X --- --- --- X X X --- X
SAHS-07 --- --- X --- X X X X --- ---
SAHS-08 X X X X X X X X --- ---
                     
Spyblocs/eBlocs
SPYB-01 --- --- --- --- --- X --- X --- ---
SPYB-02 --- --- --- --- --- X --- X --- ---
SPYB-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
                     
TopConverting
TOPC-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
TOPC-02 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
TOPC-03 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
TOPC-04 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
TOPC-05 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
                     
Twain-Tech
TWTE-01 X X X --- X X X X --- X
TWTE-02 X --- --- --- X X --- X --- X
TWTE-03 X X X --- X X X X X X
TWTE-04 X X X X X X X X X ---
TWTE-05 X X X --- X X --- X X X
TWTE-06 --- X X --- --- X --- X --- ---
                     
VX2/ABetterInternet
VX2A-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
VX2A-02 X X X X --- X --- X X ---
VX2A-03 --- X --- --- --- --- X --- --- ---
                     
VX2/Favoriteman
VX2F-01 --- --- --- X --- X --- X --- ---
VX2F-02 X X X X X X X X X X
VX2F-03 X X X X X X X X X X
VX2F-04 X X --- --- X X X X X X
VX2F-05 --- --- X --- --- --- --- X --- ---
VX2F-06 X --- X --- --- --- --- X --- X
VX2F-07 X X --- --- X X --- X --- X
VX2F-08 X X X --- X X X X X X
VX2F-09 X X X --- X X X X X X
VX2F-10 X X --- --- X X --- X --- ---
VX2F-11 --- --- X --- --- --- --- X --- X
VX2F-12 X X --- --- --- X --- X X X
VX2F-13 X X --- X --- --- --- X --- X
VX2F-14 X X --- X --- --- --- X --- X
VX2F-15 X X X ---- X X --- --- X X
                     
VX2/Look2Me
VX2L-01 X X --- --- --- --- X X --- ---
VX2L-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
WebRebates/TopMoxie
WEBR-01 X X X --- X X X X --- X
WEBR-02 X X X --- X X X X --- X
WEBR-03 --- X X --- --- X X X X X
WEBR-04 X X X --- X X X X --- X
WEBR-05 X X X X X --- X X X X
WEBR-06 --- X X X X X X X X X
WEBR-07 --- X --- --- --- X X X --- ---
                     
WinAd
WINA-01 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
                     
WhenU/ClockSync
WUCS-01 X X X X X --- X X --- ---
WUCS-02 X X --- X X 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 X --- --- X X --- --- X --- X
WUSA-04 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
WUSA-05 X X X X X X --- X --- X
                     
WhenU/Search
WUSE-01 X X X --- X X X X --- X
WUSE-02 X X --- --- X X X X --- X
WUSE-03 X X X X X X X X X ---
WUSE-04 X X X --- X X X X --- X
WUSE-05 --- X X --- X --- X X X ---
                     
HOSTS File Hijack
HOST-01 --- --- X --- --- --- --- X --- ---
HOST-02 --- --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
HOST-03 --- --- X --- --- X --- --- --- ---
                     
Misc/Unknown
MISC-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MISC-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MISC-03 --- --- X --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MISC-04 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MISC-05 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MISC-06 --- --- --- --- --- X --- X --- ---
MISC-07 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
MISC-08 --- --- --- --- --- X --- X --- ---
                     
Summ.
False pos. 0 0 0 3 3 10 0 0 0  1
Total (of 138) 79/138 74/138 69/138 32/138 59/138 55/138 * 48/138 111/138 45/138 58/138
Detection Ad-aware Spy Sweep Spybot S&D Aluria SE McAfee AS Pest Patrol SpySubtract Giant AS SW Doctor X-Cleaner
* Note: Pest Patrol hung while killing the WinSync.exe process (BLAZ-04) and did not complete its removals.
Key:
 
Symbol Means...
BLUE File
RED Executable file in memory
GREEN Registry key/value
FUCHSIA Winsock LSP Hijack
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 14 Link
Webroot Spy Sweeper 3.2 Oct 12 Link
Spybot Search & Destroy 1.3.1 tx Oct 14 Link
Aluria Spyware Eliminator 3.0.32 Oct 1 Link
McAfee AntiSpyware 1.00.1126 Oct 13 Link
Pest Patrol  4.4.3.24 Oct 6 Link
Intermute SpySubtract Pro 2.51 Oct 13 Link
GIANT AntiSpyware 1.0.278 Oct 14 Link
PC Tools Spyware Doctor 2.1.0.254 Oct 12 Link
Xblock.com X-Cleaner Deluxe 4.0.0.249 Oct 12 Link

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