McAfee AntiSpyware 2006
McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 monitors and detects changes targeted by devious spyware to your PC's system files and Internet security settings. It is one of the few proactive antispyware apps on the market, often prompting you with warnings before potential spyware loads on your system. However, based on testing done by CNET Download.com, McAfee AntiSpyware finished near the middle of our list for removing known spyware but near the bottom overall. McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 costs $19.99 if bought as a download or $29.99 for the boxed version, but these prices are after a $10 rebate, so you'll initially have to plunk down $20 to $30 to purchase the McAfee AntiSpyware product.
Although McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 is marketed as a stand-alone product, we think it works better if you're already using the entire, which includes antivirus and firewall protection. When you install McAfee AntiSpyware, an additional monitoring package, the McAfee SecurityCenter also installs. Without any obvious connection to the AntiSpyware program, the McAfee SecurityCenter seems only to nag you to purchase the other components, such as McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006. Frankly, we can do without this blatant form of advertising.