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Are there ever too many anti-malware programs?


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#1 Riverwnn

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:10 PM

Hello, as far as I know my computer has not been infected recently. But I had a really bad infection back in 2007, Norton was corrupted and everything. I am afraid of it being re-infected. I practice the safe tips suggested in one of the sticky posts at the top of this forum. Right now, I have Avira, Spybot Search and Destroy, and MAMB. I try to run these programs once a week.

I know this seems like overkill and paranoia, but I am a writer and my computer is really important. I just want to keep him safe and well. I've considered downloading SuperAntiSpyware to add to my arsenal. Is this an easy to use for the semi-informed geek? Or do I have enough protection already?

Thanks in advance. :)

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:41 PM

Get rid of Spybot and download SuperAntiSpyware. Between Avira, Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware you should be good. Make sure you update before you run them...

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:08 AM

I recommend using SUPERAntiSpyware Free as a separate stand-alone on-demand scanner. The free version does not provide real-time protection or scheduled scanning so there is no need for it to run at startup and waste system resources. This gives you another tool to use as a second opinion or in the event of malware infection where some of your tools may be disabled.

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). Further, most people don't understand how to use Spybot's 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.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 05:29 PM

Thank you for the advise. I removed Spybot and installed Super Anti-Spyware. It actually found five Trojan.Agent/traces that MBAM didn't pick up, plus tons of cookies.

Is there anything else I should know? Any other programs?

Thank you so much!

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:07 PM


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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:09 PM

Thank you!

Bookmarking these for future reference. :)

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:08 AM

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