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#1 os2sam

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:13 PM

What Spyware/Malware scanners would you recommend for WinXP?

I like to use more than one Spyware/Malware scanner and remover. I used to use Ad-Aware from Lavasoft but that has started getting bloated and I like my utilities to be lean and only do what they do best, I don't care for kitchen sink software.

I have started using Malwarebytes because of this site and I really like it. For my second opinion scan I am currently using Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool that gets updated the second Tuesday of every month. However the MRT is less than comprehensive and takes a very long time for a full scan.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks,
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:36 PM

How to use SUPERAntiSpyware to scan and remove malware from your computer
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Posted 29 July 2010 - 12:34 AM

I recommand you try safe returner out.

It takes less than 5 minutes to remove malwares but only active ones.
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Posted 29 July 2010 - 06:31 AM

Because Safe Returner uses a highly aggressive heuristic engine that can pick false positives, the application and especially its threat findings should be treated with utmost care and eliminated only when you are positively sure that the target is indeed malware. We did not experience any false positives in normal mode, but the fact that there is a threat score pinned to legitimate processes in Expert mode may mislead users into believing that they are actually a threat to the system (despite the warning in the upper part of the screen stating that both legit and malicious items are displayed).

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 09:15 AM

What Spyware/Malware scanners would you recommend for WinXP?

I like to use more than one Spyware/Malware scanner and remover. I used to use Ad-Aware from Lavasoft but that has started getting bloated and I like my utilities to be lean and only do what they do best, I don't care for kitchen sink software.

I have started using Malwarebytes because of this site and I really like it. For my second opinion scan I am currently using Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool that gets updated the second Tuesday of every month. However the MRT is less than comprehensive and takes a very long time for a full scan.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks,
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MBAM is actually very good. I ran a full scan of one of my systems with Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and confirmed all negative results with MBAM.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 10:30 AM

Yep, I agree Malwarebytes is very good. I don't count Microsoft Security Essentials as a malware scanner though. It's main focus is virus's, although I know that it does catch some spyware and malware as do most current virus scanners.

I currently use MSSE, AVG and F-Prot on different machines and have been happy with each of them and feel a certain level of confidence with each.

I am going to check into each of the Malware scanners recommended above.
Thanks for the suggestions, and warning,
Sam

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 02:23 PM

Yep, I agree Malwarebytes is very good. I don't count Microsoft Security Essentials as a malware scanner though. It's main focus is virus's, although I know that it does catch some spyware and malware as do most current virus scanners.


It is for malware, viruses and spyware.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/products/mse.aspx

Microsoft Security Essentials is a new, free consumer anti-malware solution for your computer. It helps protect against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It's available as a no-cost download for Windows XP SP2 and higher, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.



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Posted 29 July 2010 - 02:43 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials is basically a stripped-down version of OneCare aimed at users who either canít or don't want to pay for antivirus and anti-malware software. The Security Essentials home page says it provides real-time protection that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.Microsoft Security Essentials auto-updates once every 24 hours and there is no setting within MSE to change the scheduled time or frequency. See the MSE Definitions/Signatures Update FAQ. However, you can always manually download the latest Microsoft Security Essentials updates from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center Portal.

Note: Before installation, Microsoft Security Essentials checks for a validated copy of Windows and will disable Windows Defender if installed. You need to uninstall all other "Memory Resident" antivirus applications before you can install MSE.

If you are also using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware real-time protection, please read Section I here.
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