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.
The CA Anti-Spyware 2007 interface is intuitive and easy to use. The left-hand navigation features Overview, Quarantine, Options, and Reports. Overview provides a snapshot of your system and the program and allows you to initiate a scan; Quarantine safely isolates suspected adware and spyware from interacting with your system; Options provides basic configuration choices, and Reports displays logged results over time.
The middle window includes links to Start a Quick Scan, Select Files and Folders to Scan, and Help CA Fight Spyware, which allows you to report any found spyware. We had problems with the status section. After completing a scan, we found it still showed we had yet to run a scan.
For some reason, the Top 5 Spyware threats and Latest Threat sections on the right-hand side never appeared, leaving us with two white blanks. We also found that in the middle of an antispyware scan we were asked to register for antivirus insurance, which is part of the CA Internet Security 2007 suite.