For years I've been running both Spybot Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware SE. Just recently added MS Windows Defender to get rid of spyware. I usually ran all three programs (and updates) 2-3 times a week. Mind you these are all the free downloads so you get what you pay for I guess. I noticed recently that Spybot rarely turned up any new "issues and/or threats" while Ad-Aware and Defender were still turning up several each scan. I recall a while back that SpyBot was sued and agreed to NOT remove certain bots from "some" companies under the terms of their agreement. At the time that bothered me but not enought to stop using it. Last week I was running my maintenence utilities and noticed I was getting a lot of disc errors related to Spybot. Same when I was defraging. I thought what the hell....It was dragging down the maintenance...so I removed and deleted (thoroughly) Spybot.
Lo and Behold! I went from getting 50-75 spam emails a day (I get a daily summary from my mail server of spam that is auto removed) to just a couple and sometimes NONE. Coincidence? Maybe. I do know that Spybot will not be downloaded again on my computer. Any of you guys running Spybot notice anything similar?