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CounterSpy

Spyware detection and removal application

Spyware and Adware are not only an ever increasing nuisance and threat for computer users everywhere, but also a booming industry. According to Webroot Software, Inc., the distribution of online advertisements through spyware and adware has become a $2 billion industry.

Sunbelt Software

The aggressive advertising and spying tactics demonstrated by some of these programs, require an equally aggressive response from a seasoned eradicator. Sunbelt Software is such a company. A leader in Anti-Spyware, Anti-Spam, Network Security and System Management tools, they gave consistently remained on the cutting-edge of anti-spyware programming since 1994.

One of their more notable software applications is CounterSpy 1.5. CounterSpy is designed to detect and remove spyware that is already in your computer system. Additionally, it provides real-time protection while preventing browser hijacking and changes to your computer’s Registry.

CounterSpy features

Other notable features of this application include:

» Detection and Removal of Tracking Cookies

While it is true that applications like Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta are free, they do not include the ability to detect and remove tracking cookies like CounterSpy does. 

» History Cleaner

Erases any traceable trails left on your computer as you surf the Internet. 

» Secure File Eraser

A powerful deletion tool that can completely eliminate all files you want removed from your computer including images, music, movies and applications. 

» PC Explorer

Allows you a look into files and areas that are normally inconvenient to access, such as your startup programs, browser helper objects, and ActiveX programs that are being downloaded or used. 

» Support for Older Operating Systems

Includes support for Windows 98SE, Windows ME, and Windows NT. 

Recommended by PC World, ConsumerSearch, and Dell, CounterSpy holds one of the highest effective ratings for spyware removal. It also received high marks from TopTenReviews (2006) for ease of use, customization/installation, and help/support. For only $19.95 per machine, users can receive a one year subscription with updates, upgrades, and technical support from real live humans. CounterSpy definitely provides ease of use and affordability for just about any computer user from the novice to the expert.

Computer Spyware Articles:

  • Adware - When you use your computer for online work, reasearch and entertainment, you will end up with adware being installed ony our computer without your consent. These could be harmless tracking programs, or nasty monitors of your online habits. 
  • Botnets - This is probably one of the works threats to your computer system, difficult to locate and even harder to delete when infection occurs. Botnets are often used by hackers to infiltrate computers and use them as a network to propagate viruses and spam, to infect other computers. 
  • Spyware - Often used in advertising, these spying programs infest possibly some 80% of computers, mostly unknown to their owners. Often a dozen or more of spyware programs can be found on any computer, tracking user's online habits. 
  • CounterSpy - Being generally a nuissance, spyware is a booming industry, using agressive advertising and spying tactics on you. One of the best spyware removal programs is CounterSpy, by Sunbelt Software. 
  • Spyware Programs - You already have learned that many spware programs could be infesting your computer right now. There are 3 basic ways in which you get these programs: freeware and shareware, deceptive downloads, and security holes. 
  • Intelligent Explorer - Although a rare threat today, masquerading as Internet Explorer toolbar, this deceptive software program will generate a lot of unwanted popups and downloads without your permission. 
  • Spyware Remover Programs - Spyware programs track your internet usage, collect personal data, and spawn popup advertisements. This can cause your computer to slow down, or worse. Windows Spyware Remover, Ad-Aware, and Spybot can all help you delete spyware from your computer.