bill - 4:32 pm on Oct 25, 2006 (gmt 0) It's good to have AdAware and SpyBot in your arsenal as well, but don't discount Defender.
Defender is the old GIANT antispyware. Microsoft bought them out in 2004. It was one of the best in its day and it's still better than most of the free applications out there today.
I ran Spybot on a machine with Windows Defender. Spybot found hundreds of issues that defender apparently missed.
Spybot and the Lavasoft product....along with several others are notorious for tagging browser cookies as spyware. I'm not sure if that is a good measure of quality. Defender doesn't go after browser cookies, so that might not be an equal comparison.
It's good to have AdAware and SpyBot in your arsenal as well, but don't discount Defender.