Ever since Microsoft released their AntiSpyware beta, I have been using it almost exclusively. In my testing, I found that it worked far better than Ad-Aware. Of course, just like in real life, protection is better when you combine methods, so it’s never a bad idea to have more than one application.
Having said that, it’s worth noting that Symantec released today a free beta of Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition. Aside from the horrendously long name, I am willing to bet the application is very good at what it does:
Norton Internet Security 2005 provides essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats. Included are full versions of Norton AntiVirus and Norton Personal Firewall, which efficiently defend your PC from the most common Internet dangers. You also get Norton AntiSpam to block unwanted email, Norton Parental Control to protect your children online and Norton Privacy Control to prevent confidential information to be sent out.
If you’re in the market for a spyware app, this one is probably worth checking out. And unlike Microsoft’s application, the Norton app will work on Windows 9x too. The free beta expires June 1st.