Some of the conversation I heard around here is that Giant AntiSpyware is good stuff and is well recommended. So, I thought I'd give it a try on my home PC.
Of course the first thing I did was Google "Giant Spyware", and up comes a web site that says:
There is a product called Giant spyware, but most people we have dealt with preferred using the XoftSpy product because of XoftSpy's expanded capabilities to be able to remove a variety of threats compared to Giant spyware.
In addition, there is a picture of a software box with a PC Magazine logo next to it. Not a PC Magazine Editor's Choice logo, just the magazine logo. I went to the PC Magazine web site and searched for "XoftSpy" and got no hits! I did a little more research and XoftSpy has registered numerous domains by proxy related to spyware.
So, let's review: The makers of XoftSpy have:
Gamed Google to come up when you are searching on their competitor's product
Gamed Yahoo in the same way, to the point that Giant Company had to sponsor a link on the Yahoo page to come out on top of a search for their own company
Attempt to imply that they received some sort of endorsement from PC Magazine (maybe they really did, but I couldn't verify it)
Registered multiple domain names by proxy to hide their identity
It makes me wonder if XoftSpy might not be worse than the spyware that's currently on your system! (Please note that
Anyway, I got the Giant AntiSpyware and tried it out. It seemed to do a very good job in ferreting out about 12 different variants of spyware on my system and cleaned them up with no problem. Of course, the problem with spyware is you never know if you got rid of it all. Still, I suggest that you try this software out.
NOTE: All opinions are my own and are made in my capacity as an individual and not an employee of any company. Further, these opinions in no way reflect the views of my employer (just in case that last sentence did not do it for you!).
UPDATE: Please see the comment posted by the CEO of ParetoLogic, the makers of XoftSpy.