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Spyware Doctor

Spyware Doctor is a spyware removal product for Microsoft Windows developed by PC Tools.

Spyware Doctor scans a PC for spyware, examining files on the hard drive, objects in memory, the Windows registry and cookies, and then attempts to quarantine or remove recognized threats. It also includes real-time protection which attempts to block threats from being saved to the disk, set to startup automatically, suspicious programs running and other detection including new toolbars and add-ons for web browsers.

Spyware Doctor is designed for Windows 2000 and XP. Spyware Doctor also supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

They implement Automatic Subscription Renewal which unless cancelled causes them to debit your credit card annually.

It is normally purchased as a yearly subscription which includes new versions and updates, and is available online as well as in retail stores. PC Tools, like other security companies such as McAfee and Symantec, has now implemented an automatic renewal system whereby customer’s subscriptions are renewed every year automatically until canceled.

Spyware Doctor is not free, but a free scan version is offered, providing real-time protection and scans for spyware. Only the full version is capable of removing spyware (though a user can use the free version to locate where the spyware is and then manually remove the files and registry entries themselves). Spyware often includes both files located on the hard drive and entries in the Windows registry.

Spyware Doctor Starter Edition was included in the Google Pack in March 2007. This version allows scan and removal of threats using an older version of the program, limited real-time protection, but a database with only 60% of the definition files, which does not include some viral threats.

Spyware Doctor received the PC World Best Buy award in the October 2007 issue of the magazine saying “PC Tools’ Spyware Doctor 5.0 was the clear winner, outperforming the competition at detecting and removing our test set of adware and spyware samples.”

Spyware Doctor has received several Editors’ Choice awards from PC Magazine, including one for Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 5.5 in 2008. The product has also received numerous other awards from around the globe.

Not all reviews have been positive and early versions of Spyware Doctor 5.0, which the company rewrote from scratch, received some negative commentary. CNET’s Download.com reviews, justifies the 3-star rating by saying, “in our trial scans, Spyware Doctor repeatedly flagged several dozen harmless cookies as potential threats, more than any other antispyware product we tested. We were also unable to learn more about each threat or why Spyware Doctor flagged each.”

Rescuers honoured in Out-Do Yourself Award

Berine Sua Linggi, the boy who risked his life to save two drowning girls, and a group of teachers who rescued 19 students from drowning received the third F&N Out-Do Yourself Award (OYA) at the Royal Selan-gor Golf Club here.

Berine Sua Linggi, 13, was beaming when he received the award yesterday.

Berine rescued two sisters, Emai Joseph, 5, and Catherine Ubong, 4, who had fallen into the river and were in danger of drowning in a whirlpool in August last year. Bernie said he only wanted to save the two sisters who are from the same village as him.

Young heroes: Berine (left) and another recipient Yvonne Foong proudly showing their awards.

Accompanied by his father, Linggi Merang, Berine said he felt proud yet shy upon receiving the award comprising RM3,000 cash, a certificate, a plaque and F&N products.

Teachers Ikha Nadia Md Idris, Mohd Sharif Ibrahim, Mohd Shah Rizal Zainudin and security guards Rusli Mohamad and Ismail Ahmad were the first to be recognised as a group by the F&N Out-Do Yourself Awards.

Each recipient was presented with RM1,500, a certificate, plaques and F&N products.

The teachers together with the security guards rescued a group of school children when the suspension bridge connecting the 1Malaysia Co-curriculum Centre to Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Dipang collapsed into the swift-flowing Kampar river in October last year.

Mohd Sharif and Ismail said they are happy receiving such an award, but at the same time, Mohd Sharif felt sorry and dejected because three pupils lost their lives in the incident.

Taylor Swift wins big at American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES: Country music songstress Taylor Swift was the big winner Sunday at the American Music Awards, walking away with three prizes including Artist of the Year.

British soul diva Adele also won three gongs, while Canadian teen sensation left empty handed at the awards, voted for by fans and announced at a star-studded show in Los Angeles.
Bieber, who was last year’s big winner at the AMAs, sang a tune from his Christmas-themed album “Under the Mistletoe,” but failed to win in the only category in which he was shortlisted, for best pop/rock male artist.

Other winners included Katy Perry, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj, who won both rap/hip-hop gongs up for grabs.Adele won in three of the four categories in which she was nominated — but did not attend the show, in Los Angeles Nokia Theatre, as she is out of action after undergoing throat surgery.

But the big news of the night was Swift, who took all three prizes for which she was nominated — artist of the year, as well as best female artist and best album for “Speak Now” in the country music category.

Swift — who was named entertainer of the year at the Country Music Awards a few weeks ago, called her AMA triumph “one of the most amazing things that have ever happened to me.”

The 21-year-old from Pennsylvania is no stranger to music industry glory: she has son four Grammys, including album of the year last year for her second record “Fearless.”

Here are winners in key categories:
Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift.
Best pop/rock female artist: Adele.
Best pop/rock male artist: Bruno Mars.
Best rap/hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj.
Best soul/R&B male artist: Usher.
Best soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce.
Best country female artist: Taylor Swift.
Best country male artist: Blake Shelton.
Best Latin artist: Jennifer Lopez.
Best new artist: Hot Chelle Rae.

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