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Protection To Keep?

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#1 Fontain


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Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:42 PM

After a spyware infestation I ended up installing the following (from top to bottom):

Spybot - Search & Destroy
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

I also used ATF-Cleaner and I may have installed IE-SPYAD (I can't remember now). I already have installed Avira and Windows Defender. Either Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware or SUPERAntiSpyware did the job - finally! But now I am at a loss; which of all these should I keep, and do they do all do the same or do they complement each other?

I like to keep my computer clean and not cluster it with programs.

Thank you in advance!

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#2 labrys


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Posted 16 June 2008 - 07:55 AM

With Virus software you should only usually have one installed at once, but with malware scanners there is nothing wrong with having several (since most seem to be on a use on scan only so tend not to interfere with each other) plus I've always found that one program will find some things and another program will find others!

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 01:05 PM

Using more than one anti-spyware program with or without real-time protection increases your protection coverage without causing the same kind of conflicts or affecting the stability of your system that can occur when using more than one anti-virus. Even if your anti-spyware programs are not running in real-time, the overlap of protection from using different signature databases will aid in detection and removal of more threats when scanning your system for malware.

No single product is 100% foolproof and can detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.

I have the same 5 programs but no longer use, Ad-Aware or Spybot S&D since SAS and MBAM are more effective. Further, since I only have dial-up, its time consuming to keep all the programs updated.
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