I luckily discovered this forum recently when doing a Google search to find out how to remove the rogue program called "Antivirus Soft" from my wife's home desktop computer. The information posted here about how to remove that nasty program was very helpful, and my wife's main computer is now clean. (It did pop back up once, but after deleting all saved windows system restore points it finally went bye-bye.)
Well, since I am responsible for maintaining four desktop (Windows XP) and three laptop computers (Windows Vista and 7) used by my family, I decided to take some extra steps to clean and protect all of them by installing and running the free version of several antispyware programs. Our computers now all appear to be clean, but I am curious about how much active blocking the free programs are providing, plus whether or not these programs might conflict with each other.
All of our computers have just one antivirus program running on them. One computer has the paid version of AVG antivirus (not sure which version), and all the rest have the paid version of McAfee Antivirus v8.7i.
All seven desktops & laptops have the following free versions of antispyware installed:
Malwarebytes Antimalware v1.44
Spybot Search & Destroy v1.6.2
Are any of these anti-spyware programs giving us any active blocking? If so, how much?
Will any of them interfere with the other anti-spyware programs?
We are also running Windows Defender on our three laptop computers. Does that provide any active blocking of spyware?
Edited by Torvald, 05 March 2010 - 03:12 PM.