I have always thought that spyware gets to your machine only when you browse xxx or warez sites. Because of this I did not thought for installing the Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta 1 when it went online. However the voice inside told me “what if …” so I finally installed and run this marvelous application. The results:
Obviously many programs that I only installed to give them a try left theirs browser helper objects on my machine i.e. did not uninstall correctly.
I dream for a day when Microsoft Platform Test for ISV Solutions will become required for all desktop applications to run. Just an idea. May be Microsoft Platfrom Test should include running the AntiSpyware program in order to pass certification.