In order to purge spyware from the computers at Burgers & Fries, spyware software is needed. There are a variety of anti-spyware programs that can be used for this purpose. These include programs like Spyware Eliminator, Spyware Doctor, Spy Sweeper, AdAware, ZeroSpyware, CounterSpy, Microsoft
AS, etc. Four of the most popular are Spyware Eliminator 4.0, Spyware Doctor 3.2, Spy Sweeper 4.5, and AdAware SE 1.06.
Spyware Eliminator 4.0 is used for spyware detection and elimination. The system requirements are: 128 MB of RAM, Windows XP or Windows 2000, 700 MHz Pentium 3 or equivalent (or above), 30 MB of hard disk space, and an internet connection. It seems to be an easy program to use, with an easy-to-understand GUI. In an October 2005 report by Adware, it received four stars out of four in terms of ease of use, and was ranked as the number one anti-spyware program. Updates to the program are obtained online, and they are included for free for the first year of subscription. The program costs $29.99 for one year and $19.99 to renew. There is a free trial as well as a 90-day money back guarantee. I would recommend this program because of the many favorable reviews, the fact that there are frequent updates to keep the product current, the free train and 90-day guarantee, and the simplicity and ease of use.
Spyware Doctor 3.2 is used to block, scan, and immunize against known browser infections. The program requires Windows XP, ME, 2000, or 98 as well as at least 4.18 MB of hard disk space and an internet connection. Spyware Doctor also received four stars out of four for ease of use. The interface is a simple GUI that also uses menus. It is not technical, so that the ordinary person will be able to use and understand it. Updates to the program are also done via the web, which is why an internet connection is needed. The cost of Spyware Doctor is slightly cheaper than Spyware Eliminator at $29.95 for one year, and #19.95 to renew. There is a 300-day money back guarantee, but no free trial period. This product was ranked number two in the Adware survey and I would recommend it because of the ease of use and the 30-day guarantee, although my top recommendation would be Spyware Eliminator because it also allows for a free trial and was given a higher overall rating.
Spy Sweeper 4.5 was ranked third in the Adware list. It is used for removing and blocking spyware. The system requirements for this program are Windows 98, SE, 2000, ME, or XP, a 300 MHz processor, 25 MB of hard disk space, 128 MB of RAM, and Internet Explorer with an Internet connection. Again, this program received four stars out of four for ease of use. The menus and GUI are not technical, and the primary toolbar offers only a few simple choices. Updates, again, are obtained via the Internet using Internet Explorer, but the program is updated slightly less frequently than the others. This product costs $29.95 for one year or $39.95 for two years, and a free trial period is offered. This product seems to be very good and I would recommend it, although I would still recommend Spyware Eliminator 4.0 as the best choice.
Finally, AdAware SE 1.06 was ranked number seven in the top ten spyware programs by Adware. Its function is the detection and removal of spyware. The system requirements are Windows NT, 2000, XP, ME or 98, 25 MB of hard disk space, 24 MB of RAM, and Internet Explorer with an Internet connection. This program is not as easy to use as other spyware programs, receiving one star out of four in this category in the Adware list. This is due to the fact that it was one of the original anti-spyware programs, and it uses more technical language, and a less appealing GUI. Updates are received via the Internet using Internet Explorer. The program costs $39.95 and offers a free trial. I would not recommend this product for Burgers & Fries because it is more expensive and more difficult to use.
Overall, Spyware Eliminator seems to be the best choice for the company to use as an anti-spyware program. It is easy to use, offers frequent updates, not overly expensive, and offers a free train and a 90-day money back guarantee. By using this program, Burgers & Fries will be able to fulfill their goal of purging spyware from its computers.