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#1 cycle

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 08:12 AM

Hi I have a HP desktop computer a6414f its an AMD dual core processor with 360GB HD and 3 Gig Ram running Windows Vista.

It currently has McAfee loaded on it. But I would like to install some Adware and Spyware programs. I have used Spybot and Loftwares Adware before, but was wondering is that still a good way to go?


EDIT: Moved to more appropriate forum ~ Hamluis.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 12:57 PM

- Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (trial version is fully functionable): http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
- SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition: http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 09:58 AM

I second that notion, sir Broni! :thumbsup:
Spybot and Adaware have pretty much become obsolete now-a-days though
I would recommend uninstalling McAfee and going with a different program also. McAfee has terrible detection rates. Here is my list of preferred security software:

Personally, I would recommend using either Avira AntiVir Free/Personal edition, avast! or Comodo for an antivirus program, just be sure that you only have 1 anti-virus program installed on your machine

For a firewall I would recommend Comodo, please note that the Comodo firewall installation also includes an Anti-virus program, if you decide to choose another anti-virus (not Comodo), then please be sure to only install the firewall, you will be prompted during installation if you want to install just the firewall, or the firewall and the anti-virus.

The on-demand anti-malware scanners I recommend are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAnti-Spyware.

For additional protection, SpywareBlaster is a great program to protect you from visiting malicious sites, and blocking tracking cookies. Note that SpywareBlaster isn't an actively running program. You download it, run it once, and then make sure you update it every week or 2 and you will always be protected. It works by tweaking some IE and Firefox settings to block tracking cookies and provide additional protection.

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 09:56 PM

Personally I suggest you switch from McAfee to a free antivirus - Avast, AntiVir or Microsoft Security Essentials, because from personal experience and anecdotes McAfee is a massive resource hog.

Spybot and Adaware are generally considered to be 'outdated' nowadays, with Malwarebytes Antimalware, Hitman Pro and Superantispyware being better antispywares. But common sense and safe practices are also very important. No matter what AV you have you'll almost certainly get infected if you don't have some common sense. See Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC, Safe Computing in Under an Hour, Safe Web Practices and How to Stop 11 Hidden Security Threats.




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