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spyware terminator - is there a better free antispy?


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#1 eric512

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 07:43 PM

I've tried Spyware Terminator recently. Just the look and feel of the GUI gives me the creeps. I know its history with Crawler and it used to be on the rogue list here at BC a few years ago.

The product now seems solid and I read here that it detects well. I just have a problem recommending it to my friends because of the history and the ads/toolbar.

Is there a better FREE resident anti-spyware product out there? There are a lot of paid ones, but I need a free one....

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 08:32 PM

Well if you are looking for just a scanner, plenty can be reccommened on this forum

Ad-aware
Spybot Search and Destroy
Super Anti-Spyware
Malwarebytes anti-malware

I do know Malwarebytes can be purchased to include real time protection

Recently i've found microsoft security essentials.

AVG free claims to do anti spyware

I can't say how effective the microsoft program is, i don't seem to have much luck purposely infecting myself.

I tried for 3 hours straight trying to become infected by anti virus live / pc protector, but no dice.
(i was trying to get infected to see which programs could remove it as well as how the initial infection occurs so i could try to block it at work)
worst i was able to do was get infected by a program called anti virus, SAS cleaned it right off.



I will definitley reccommend to utilize spybot search and destory along with javacools spyware blaster to run the immunizations.
-This will atleast update your hosts file to block some known malicious sites.

Edited by Arctic, 19 February 2010 - 08:32 PM.

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#3 eric512

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 11:28 PM

on-demand scanners I have. SAS and Malwarebytes are great.

I need a resident program.

I've tried MSE - seems nice - but not sure how thorough it is.

Edited by eric512, 19 February 2010 - 11:29 PM.


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Posted 20 February 2010 - 12:50 AM

I think you're confusing the rogue Spyware Terminator with the legitimate Spyware Terminator. Unfortunately I can't remember the details but IIRC there was a rogue which used the same name. Spyware Terminator is definitely legitimate and safe, but not really that effective.

You do not need a resident antispyware, if you're a high risk user, you can increase your protection much more effectively with a behavioural blocker such as ThreatFire, or better still, a Limited User Account. And MSE is a great AV, it has scored very well in AV-Comparatives and Remove-Malware, is one of the most user-friendly AVs and has low false positive rate.

For more info you should check the free security software recommendations here.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 01:15 AM

My problem is in recommending some anti-spyware to my friends that are extreme novices - and don't want to pay for something like NIS. For AV I recommended Avira Free - but they need some other protection. I've seen people still get infected with Antivirus PC 2009 and the like. Malwarebytes can clean these things pretty easliy, I just want to prevent them from getting infected. Who knows what they are clicking on.....

I think MSE may be a good suite for novice users. I do like the interface.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 09:48 AM

I agree with using a program with behavioral blocking such as Threatfire, or the Defense+ feature in Comodo.




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