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Best Recommended Security Software ?


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#1 irish_gal

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 12:40 AM

I am recently learning about cleaning infected computers, and I have been recommended a few software programs:

combofix
super-antispyware
dial a fix
cleanup!


Just wondering your thoughts on the usefulness of these programs, and if there are any better ones that you would recommend.

Thanks!

-Brandi


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Posted 19 March 2008 - 02:20 AM

I recommend the following;

Anti-Virus: AVG Anti-Virus (Free Edition)
Anti-Spyware: Spyware Terminator along with SpywareBlaster as-well as Ad-Aware 2007
Anti-Rootkit (Optional): AVG Anti-Rootkit
Firewall: COMODO Firewall PRO

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 02:43 AM

I recommend the following :

Anti-Virus : Avast!
Virtualization : Returnil

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:23 AM

See BC's Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps and List of Virus & Malware Resources.

You should not be using Combofix unless instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert. It is a powerful tool intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for private use. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer.
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#5 irish_gal

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 12:08 PM

When using combofix I was instructed by a computer expert and it did resolve the issue, but I will consider your advise.

I am mainly just looking for people's opinion on the best software. I work with computer technical support for a company (call center) and they recommend a bunch of programs but I keep being told to use this instead of that etc...just want a clearer answer, I know everyone has their own preference.

I personally used to use adaware, but found spybot search and destroy worked a little better, but then was recommended super-antispyware, which did find more problems.

Thanks for all the advise

-Brandi

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:59 AM

Weird! I could swear I added a post to this thread yesterday, but it's not here!

Anyway, what I wanted to point out is that SuperAntispyware has very recently had a significant upgrade and now scans twice as fast - and more effectively - than previously. I always regarded it as the scanner I trusted more than any other - particularly after an experience when it detected and completely removed malware from a computer that had been completely missed by other popular scanners - and now in its new incarnation it's become very impressive indeed.
Windows XP Home SP2; AVG 7.5 Internet Security Suite (AV/AS r.t.p, and firewall); Windows Defender (r.t.p on); SuperAntispyware Free; a-squared Free 3.5.0.15; Spybot 1.4 (Immunised, but no Tea-timer); AdAware SE Free; AVG Anti-Rootkit Free; Spywareblaster; MVPS Hosts file (with HostsMan); McAfee Site Advisor.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 03:01 AM

I recommend:
Antispyware: SUPERAntispyware 4.0 & Spybot-S&D 1.5.2.
Antivirus: Avast! or (if your willing to pay), NOD32.
Firewall: Comodo Firewall 3!

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