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Searching for new antivirus/antimalware programs


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#1 AngryCognate

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:16 AM

I am currently searching for some antimalware/antivirus programs to add to supplement my spybot s&d. i would like it if the programs are free or offer free removal/scan.
Any suggestions?

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#2 cryptodan

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:23 AM

I recommend the following: Microsoft Security Essentials it is very light weight and free.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:27 AM

If you want an install and forget type AV then I`m in agreement with Cryptodan.

If you like a bit of control and a custom install option then I recommend Avast free.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 01:01 AM

I recommend the following: Microsoft Security Essentials it is very light weight and free.


MSE is an excellent application, set it and forget it, I use it as well.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:35 AM


FYI: mvps.org 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.

More effective alternatives are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware Free.
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