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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.”

Microsoft sees big win from Windows 7


Microsoft sees big win from Windows 7

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The roll out of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system for PCs will be the largest and fastest compared to that of previous operating systems by the software giant, the company said.

The rollout is scheduled for Oct 23 and Microsoft is pumped up over the feedback it is getting now on Windows 7.

“More than two million people downloaded the RC (release candidate) version (of the operating system) globally and the consensus has been largely positive,” said chief marketing officer for Microsoft Asia Pacific, Andrew Pickup.

Pickup said an IDC research report shows that by 2010, Windows 7 will account for about half of the Windows PCs bought by corporations. “And we expect to ship 177 million units by the end of that year,” he added.

Microsoft said that while XP, a previous version of Windows, is popular among PC users, especially businesses, the product is almost 10 years old now.

Chipmaker and long-time Microsoft partner, Intel Corp, said it has high hopes for the coming operating system. “There will be improved performance from Windows 7 with currently available hardware,” said Ryaz Patel, managing director of Intel Malaysia.

Microsoft has said that enhancements to the Windows 7 kernel have been made to ensure high standards of performance.

The software giant said its research also shows that some 10 million PCs will be sold in Malaysia between now and 2020.

“We believe Windows 7 will dominate in that period, given its advantages and new features,” said Pickup.

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