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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.”

Doctor confirms Iran prisoner abuse death

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Doctor confirms Iran prisoner abuse death

CAIRO – An Iranian medical examiner found that the son of a prominent conservative politician’s adviser died from beatings and poor prison conditions, a semiofficial news agency reported Monday, in what would be the first official confirmation of a prisoner abuse death during Iran‘s post-election turmoil.

The report could be a sign that conservatives will seek to prosecute those responsible for prisoner abuse in an attempt to defuse anger over allegations that many opposition supporters detained after the disputed presidential election were tortured.

The claims have outraged many conservatives, as well as the pro-reform opposition that believes hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole the June election through massive vote fraud. Conservative anger has partly been driven by the death of Mohsen Rouhalamini, the son of an adviser to defeated presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei.

Police initially suggested that Rouhalamini’s death while in custody was caused by meningitis. But the semiofficial Mehr news agency, which has close ties to conservatives, said Monday that a state forensic doctor ruled that out in a report handed over to judicial authorities about 10 days ago.

Instead, it said Rouhalamini died of “physical stress, the effects of being held in bad conditions, multiple blows and severe injuries to the body,” according to the news agency, which cited “informed sources” without revealing their names.

The report could not be independently confirmed, but conservative critics of Ahmadinejad have used the news agency to leak information previously.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently appointed the brother of Ahmadinejad’s main conservative rival to head the judiciary, a move some analysts interpreted as a way to appease conservatives upset over Khamenei’s swift support of the president in the election crisis.

The new judiciary chief, Sadeq Larijani, whose brother is parliament speaker Ali Larijani, recently appointed a three-member team to supervise an investigation into the post-election unrest, including the alleged abuse of detained protesters.

The prosecution of officials accused of torture would be an embarrassment for Ahmadinejad, who has staunchly defended the security forces sent out after the June 12 election to violently crack down on the thousands of protesters who took to the streets.

The government has confirmed that at least 30 people were killed during the unrest, but the opposition believes at least 69 died. Hundreds of protesters and opposition activists were also arrested.

Rouhalamini was detained during a July 9 protest and taken to a hospital two weeks later where he died within hours. Reformist Web sites said he had been held at Kahrizak prison, where much of the alleged prisoner abuse took place, and his jaw was broken when his father received his body.

The medical examiner’s report carried by the Mehr news agency said Rouhalamini was “in bad physical condition” prior to a scheduled move to Evin prison, which is also located in Tehran.

“After his condition was seen to worsen … and after a 70-minute delay, he was taken to a hospital, where unfortunately he died,” said the report.


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