There are people arguing for or against protection spyware software. People against protection spyware claim that anti-virus software created by professionals such as McAfee, Symantec and Norton already have built-in utilities that protect against spyware. Since I myself use Symantec Anti-virus, I can vouch for the truth of this claim. Symantec does indeed have spyware and privacy protection controls built into the firewall of their anti-virus suite.
On the other hand, there are people who claim that software created to specifically target spyware have more functionality when it comes to task specific usage against spyware. Whereas built-in spyware protection in anti-virus are more generic in usability, anti-spyware specific software are more versatile and customizable which therefore makes it more efficient in fighting against spyware. No matter which way you look at it, both sides hold valid points when it comes to the “for or against protection spyware software” argument. It is true that anti-spyware can be built into anti-virus programs and it is equally true that independent anti-spyware specific programs have more functionality within their own niches.
Upon further consideration, the argument for or against protection spyware is moot since having a broad, generic anti-spyware protection program working together with a narrow, specific anti-spyware utility is an ideal for all computer owners who use their units extensively with the internet. The advantage of having built-in anti-spyware in anti-virus programs can be found specifically in definitions. Anti-virus creators have long experience in seeking out and defining new viruses as they are introduced to the internet.
This experience with definitions carried over into the anti-spyware field becomes a big plus for the built-in option. On the other hand, experiencing usability by having multi-task specific functions in independent anti-spyware utilities is also an advantage because of a more versatile control system.
Having two utilities working hand in hand to provide you with adequate protection and repair tools is the biggest advantage of all. Both systems work to prevent spyware invasion and also provide two databases for definitions instead of just one. The advantage of a firewall working for you at the same time that anti-spyware utilities perform their duty is definitely a must have. As mathematicians of the ancient world used to say, “One and one make two”. In the end, arguments for or against spyware protection both win the contest as having both of them can only lead to better protection from privacy thieves.