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Favourite Anti-malware?


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#1 RheTrO

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Posted 10 February 2006 - 08:32 PM

What is your favourite Anti-Malware program? :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 February 2006 - 10:49 PM

Since no one program can catch everything, I don't have a favorite.
I use several:
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Ad-Aware
Spybot S&D
Spywareblaster
SpywareGuard
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Posted 11 February 2006 - 12:29 PM

I use Spybot and Ad-AwareSE. TG1911 makes a valid point. Because each company has different criteria for what constitutes adware/spyware, each will look for, and find, a slightly different set. For ease of use, I like Ad-AwareSE, and for the extras included, I like Spybot.
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Posted 11 February 2006 - 12:55 PM

I would have to say my favorite is MSAS beta (Microsoft AntiSpyware).

Although, Ewido is really great too.

Those 2 are probably my favorite

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 01:01 PM

I'd say SpySweeper and Ewido.

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 01:34 PM

I have Ad-aware se and Spybot on my laptop. When I run them, one usually catches what the other one doesn't. It pays to have more than one!!! :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 February 2006 - 08:45 AM

Hi guys, all great tips there. I have now managed to remove (I think - its not come back yet in 2 days which hopefully is good sign) SpywareStrike from my computer due to all the advice given.

I have a question though. Is it possible to be running too many Anti-spyware programmes on your computer? I currently now have the following all installed on my computer:

aČ free
ewido security suite
Ad-Aware
Spybot S&D
Spywareblaster
SpywareGuard
AVG

Is that ok? Should I delete some or even add some which I have missed out just to be extra sure? I saw that D-Trojanator mentioned 'SpySweeper'. Could someone please send me the link to that, so can downloaded that one as well.

How much space to do these programmes take up on your computer? Am guessing they're not massive programmes so can't harm to have a few.

Im not sure if I went bit overboard with the anti-spyware downloading in an attempt to remove SpywareStrike. lol. But I guess if it cleared it (seems to have) then is a good thing.

Cheers for the info guys. Take it easy, Nick :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 February 2006 - 01:46 PM

Having more than one firewall or one Anti-virus running on your computer at the same time can call serious conflicts. Having more than one anti-spyware application does not seem to have that result, although sometimes they find each other's definitions or quarantine files.

"One out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims." according to a recent article comparing IE with Firefox.
http://www.informationweek.com/windows/sho...cleID=179102695

At some point, one has to consider the law of diminishing returns when installing anti-spyware software, but this must be weighted by both your layers of security, the surfing habits of those who use the computer, and your daily following security best practices. I would think that two to four applications would suffice for most users, and when combined would not take up any more space ( including updated definitions) than, say, Adobe Reader. I would add here that using an alternative browser to IE would most likely be equivalent to having several additional anti-spyware applications.
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Posted 12 February 2006 - 03:40 PM

I have to say AdAware. When I run it in concert with AVG it scares up malware that AVG can then deal with. I also ind it records the Hkey beaytifully. I have been able to tract down several key entries that had to be changed to delete a nasty piece of malware.
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Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:12 AM

I have the following :thumbsup:

AČ Free
Ewido
Ad-aware
Spybot
Avast! 4
Mcafee Stinger
used to have norton :flowers:

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 09:04 PM

What is your favourite Anti-Malware program? :thumbsup:

Excellent question... Easily answered, The one that is not on The Spyware Warrior List of Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites and is doing it's job as described at the time. :flowers:

Be (anti-malware app choice) Safe

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Edited by Animal, 14 February 2006 - 09:06 PM.

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