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#1 Junior2007

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:32 PM

Hello,

I recently switched back to Avast Free Edition combined with Super Anti Spyware for virus/spyware protection from Microsoft Security Essentials. MSE worked very well, but I always thought Avast was a superb free anti virus program. With SAS being a very popular choice of folks here, I'm looking for suggestions for a secondary free spyware program that has good reviews. Any opinions welcome, thanks.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:42 PM

IMHO...you should consider...

malwarebytes
adaware
spybot search and destroy
prevx


PS: I found software reviews at PC Mag are very helpful.

PPS: (sorry...this is probably very bad forum etiquette to keep editing)...you might check out this posting: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/334187/pc-protection/

Edited by mn_danger, 01 August 2010 - 08:53 PM.

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#3 tg1911

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:52 PM

You have one, of the 2 most recommended anti-spyware programs.
The other is, Malwarebytes.
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Posted 01 August 2010 - 10:19 PM

Hello,

I recently switched back to Avast Free Edition combined with Super Anti Spyware for virus/spyware protection from Microsoft Security Essentials. MSE worked very well, but I always thought Avast was a superb free anti virus program. With SAS being a very popular choice of folks here, I'm looking for suggestions for a secondary free spyware program that has good reviews. Any opinions welcome, thanks.


If you were running MSE then that is a better AV program than Avast and has anti-spyware and anti-malware protection.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 11:07 PM

Dont run more than 1 anti-virus at a time. I would say malwarebytes - hitman - emisisoft a2 - spyware terminater - prevx safe on line - will fill the bill.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 07:48 PM

Just 1 Anti Virus program for sure. I know MSE is an "all in one" program, and does a good job, but I wanted to switch back to Avast as a primary A/V program. Thanks to all for the replies.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:54 PM

I generally use an AV program until it fails me (as Symantec and AVG did). I switched from Avast to MSE because (at the time with version 4.8) Avast used two separate interfaces - one for realtime scanning and configuration and the other for manual scans. Avast also seemed to slow down my web browsing & start up time. From my understanding, Avast is now a single interface but I already switched and MSE hasn't let me down.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 05:36 PM

Ah. Well I'm still with Avast (version 5) and yeah it is now a single interface (much more user-friendly), light on resources and the scan is faster than before. :thumbsup: As for the secondary spyware program, I recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware . SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes are two of the best spyware programs you can find.

EDIT: Spybot Search & Destroy is also very popular but I've heard many people complaining about its poor detection rates. I've tried it before myself, and it didn't seem too bad. Lavasoft's Ad-Aware has poor detection rates and this one comes from my own personal experience. I found it to be a huge resource hog, slow on start-up and bad at detecting anything except tracking cookies.

Edited by driftking24, 03 August 2010 - 05:39 PM.


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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:34 AM

If you were running MSE then that is a better AV program than Avast and has anti-spyware and anti-malware protection.

I think avast! is far superior than MSE. Respected seniors at BleepingComputer advise avast! or Avira for free anti-virus. In my experience, the detection rate of MSE is lower and it makes the computer very slow. It has not much of configurations to do. It does not scan the HTTP or Network traffic like avast!.

Dont run more than 1 anti-virus at a time. I would say malwarebytes - hitman - emisisoft a2 - spyware terminater - prevx safe on line - will fill the bill.

Hitman is not advised by BleepingComputer as it violated the copyrights of many different vendors.




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