is no longer recommending
Spybot S&D or Ad-Aware due to poor testing results. See here
- (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products)
Ad-Aware has even been placed into the Installers Hall of Shame
for bundling and pre-checking Google Chrome during the installation. Also read Lavasoft Turning to the Dark Side?
writtne by a former volunteer (now a MVP) who provided support for Ad-Aware but no longer uses the program.
As for Spybot S&D, most people don't understand how to use TeaTimer
and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth. TeaTimer monitors changes to certain critical keys in Windows registry
but does not indicate if the change is normal or a modification made by a malware infection. The user must have an understanding of the registry
and how TeaTimer works in order to make informed decisions
to allow or deny the detected changes. If you don't have understanding how a particular security tool works, then you probably should not be using it. Additionally, TeaTimer may conflict with other security tools which do a much better job of protecting your computer and in some cases it will even prevent disinfection
of malware by those tools.
I recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
and taking advantage of the Protection Module
in the full version which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology
to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent
the installation of most new malware. This technology runs at startup where it monitors every process and helps stop malicious processes before they can infect your computer
. The database that defines the heuristics is updated as often as there is something to add to it. Keep in mind that Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like an anti-virus program so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute
. Enabling the Protection Module
feature requires registration and purchase of a license key
that includes free lifetime upgrades and support. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as it utilizes few system resources and should not conflict with other scanners or anti-virus programs. If you choose the free version, you can just use it as a stand-alone scanner. When installing Malwarebytes, it will create an icon in the system tray near the clock. If you right-click on the icon, a menu will open with several options including the ability to disable it from running at startup by unchecking Start with Windows
. However, Malwarebytes' service (mbamservice.exe) will still show in Task Manager which is normal.