Avoiding Spyware in Sheep's Clothing
Question : How safe are these "free spyware scans" some Web sites
Answer : Although some sites look legitimate, with slick
graphics and bold recommendations, they could be either loading you up with
false positives to get you to purchase the product or actually planting
spyware if you agree to download a file to your computer.
To avoid suspect sites, you might want to stick to antispyware services
from established security software companies, like the free Spy Audit from
Webroot (webroot.com) or the free
15-day trial of the Anti-Spyware program from
Trend Micro (trendmicro.com).
If you want to know what else is out there, the Spyware Warrior Web site (spywarewarrior.com)
has a list of sites known to do more spyware damage than good, as well as a
spyware blog, forums, antispyware product comparisons and a host of other