There’s been plenty of press over the last many months on some antispyware companies delisting or reducing the threat level of various adware programs.  

So what is the state of detections?  Who lists what, who doesn’t? Whom can you trust?

Sunbelt consultant and SpywareWarrior contributor Eric Howes has come up with the definitive test of the state of adware detections in the industry

Six adware vendors were tested:

  • 180 Solutions
  • AskJeeves
  • Claria
  • Hotbar
  • WeatherBug
  • WhenU

The tests were run against twelve antispyware apps:  

  • CA Pest Patrol
  • FBM ZeroSpyware
  • Lavasoft Ad-aware SE
  • McAfee AntiSpyware
  • Microsoft AntiSpyware
  • PC Tools Spyware Doctor
  • Spybot Search & Destroy
  • Sunbelt CounterSpy
  • Tenebril SpyCatcher
  • TrendMicro AntiSpyware (formerly Spy Subtract)
  • Webroot Spy Sweeper
  • XBlock X-Cleaner

Alex Eckelberry
(This subject was posted on separately in a different form earlier.  My apologies for any confusions.)