The Good CA Anti-Spyware 2007 provides protection for up to three PCs; matches the look and feel of the other CA 2007 security products
The Bad CA Anti-Spyware 2007 ranked second to last in our top ten list; suffers from a few interface bugs; telephone support is expensive.
The Bottom Line Glitches within the interface and poor scanning and removal performance lead us not to recommend CA Anti-Spyware 2007 despite its three-user license.
CA Security 2007
CA (formerly Computer Associates) has rebranded itself and its antispyware product (formerly eTrust, and formerly PestPatrol before that) as, simply, CA Anti-Spyware. Unfortunately, rebranding seems to be all they've done, as the PestPatrol product was once one of the best antispyware applications on the market and now pales in comparison to newer and better designed applications. In tests by CNET Labs, CA Anti-Spyware 2007 ranked second to last out of 10 applications tested, blocking only two of eight test files, scanning and detecting five out of eight, but removing only two.
We downloaded and installed CA Anti-Spyware. Unfortunately, you have to download the entire CA Internet Security Suite, agree to various open-source licenses that apply primarily to the Internet Security suite, and then use the registration key to unlock the antispyware module. After installation, you'll need to reboot.
Unfortunately an uninstall icon isn't provided, should you want to remove CA Anti-Spyware 2007. Using the Windows Control Panel Add or Remove Programs tool, you have to remove only one product (assuming all the check boxes are marked). After a reboot, we were disappointed to find several system registry keys left behind. In general, most antispyware apps we reviewed removed themselves completely.