You could also write that you wanted a bug free OS while you are lamenting the tools.
-> What to do about spyware? I use the tools (most of what you listed) for the quick "Will it fix it?" pass and then move to HIJACKTHIS and human examination for what's left.
But just like a junkie on crack, what can you do if the owner reinstalls their P2P software or surfs with IE/OE only?
I started a computer security thread awhile back and was confused about the differences between programs. How exactly are we going to know the weaknesses, if any, if this is what we have to go on when choosing anti-spyware programs? Here are the known weaknesses for the more popular products per download.com:
Ad-aware- Ad-aware can only find spyware identified in its definition file, and may not find newer spyware.
Spy Sweeper- Spy Sweeper's definition file only catches known spyware.
Spybot- This program relies on a definition file and so doesn't block or find the latest spyware.
Spyware Doctor- Spyware Doctor can't find spyware that's not on its definition list.
Ummmmmm, thanks guys! How about telling us something it can't do that perhaps a free one can do?