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What Is The Best Anti-spyware Program?


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#1 YellaBoi

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 03:10 PM

Can anyone help me out. I am trying to download an anti-spyware program such as: Windows Defender, Spybot search and destroy or Lava Adware. Does anyone know which program would be the best recommended for my PC. :thumbsup: :flowers:

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 03:22 PM

Hi there YellaBoi

We've had many debates over this in the past and i picked out this thread that may intrest you. You can find it here. That's a summary of everyone's opinions on the matter :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 03:28 PM

There is no one spyware program that will catch everything.
They all look for different things.
That's why it's a good idea to have several, as anyone here will tell you.

I don't have any experience with Windows Defender, so I can't comment on it, but Spybot and Ad-aware are very good programs.
Here's a list of the ones I use:
(They're all free.)
a free
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Ad-Aware
Spybot S&D

These 2, will help prevent spyware/malware from being installed in the first place:
Spywareblaster
SpywareGuard
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Posted 01 March 2006 - 03:38 PM

Just remember that the free version of Ad-aware and Spybot do not offer real time protection unless (for Spybot) you enable Teatimer. They work as excellent stand alone scanners.

Defender is a beta program which runs in real time mode but it still has bugs so you may want to hold off on using it until those issues are resolved.

Two good alternative anti-spyware programs that run in real time mode are:

Spysweeper: http://www.webroot.com/consumer/products/
Counterspy: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/CounterSpy.cfm
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Posted 01 March 2006 - 05:30 PM

Thanks alot! Everybody's opinon really helped out.

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 06:11 PM

You're welcome, YellaBoi.
Glad to help.
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 01:37 AM

Don't forget to preinstall the online scan software. You may not need it right now, but you may not be able to install it if you become infected. It will not take up much room and is invaluable if needed.

Online scans
Trendmicro's Housecall Internet Explorer Only
Trendmicro"s Housecall FoxFire Only
Panda's ActiveScan Internet Explorer Only
F-secure's Virus Scan Internet Explorer Only
SyGate's Trojan scan
eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner Internet Explorer Only

Removal Tools
Kaspersky Removal Tools
AVG Manual Virus Removal tool
MacAfee Stinger Virus Removal Tool
Symantec's Viurs Removal Tools
BitDefender Removal Tools Free

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