Spyware is one of the more unpleasant plagues you have to deal with if youâ€™re a regular user of the Internet, but thankfully, there are a few good antispyware options out there that you can rely on. Some of them are free and the others must be paid for, but in my book, itâ€™s best if you go with the paid software, cause as the saying goes, you get what you pay for â€“ scans in real time (for active processes) and decent customer support. And when itâ€™s a question of your security and productivity, you donâ€™t want to compromise too much. So what else do you need to look for when youâ€™re shopping for an antispyware program? Read on to find out:
- Comprehensive Database: Any antispyware package worth its salt must come with a database that comprises the signature of every known spyware there is. You want to make sure your system is adequately protected.
- Automatic Updates: Another important aspect is the ability to update the database automatically. Spyware writers release new programs like clockwork in an effort to keep one step ahead of the antispyware programs, and if your protection software is not up to the mark in updating itself to check for the new malware, you leave yourself vulnerable to infection. Of course, the updating can be done manually, but human memory is fallible, and if you should ever forget, then again, youâ€™re running a huge risk.
- Automatic scans: Most people, in the hustle and bustle of daily life, forget to take care of things like routine virus and spyware scans. And so itâ€™s imperative that your antispyware is capable of running a scan of your system from time to time to check that youâ€™re not infected. In addition to this, you must have the option to schedule scans at times that you specify, and also be able to run manual scans when you so choose. Some people prefer quick scans while others want the more complete version, so make sure your program includes both options.
- Removing threats and problems: A good antispyware program must be able to provide you with detailed results of the scan and a description of both existing and potential problems. In addition to this, it must be capable of removing the spyware threat, from files, directories and registries.
- Easy to install and use: Antispyware programs must be easy to install and use. Some users prefer that they start automatically when Windows and other programs load as the system is booted up so that any spyware threat is effectively removed at the outset.