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Understanding Spyware. . . Help with Spybot download


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#1 tmgreene364

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:07 PM

After reading this tutorial, I was going to download Spybot S&D, however, when I followed the link, it wasn't directly to the download.  No problem - I'm a smart girl.  Selected the option to download the free homeowner edition - and went to a page titled Mirror Images of Spybot 2.  I am now official over my head.  What is a mirror image and which of the many options do I pick for my little T43 running Windows XP Pro?
 
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Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:07 AM

not sure if this is a tutorial...?

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 05:32 PM

Mirrors are usually alternate download links where products are hosted by third-party sites such as Majorgeeks.com, SnapFiles.com, CNET.com, FileHorse.com, etc. Spybot also offers downloads from their own mirrors.

Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.2
Mirror Selection Spybot 1.6

We provide our own mirror sites so that you will not have to put up with annoying advertisements and pop-ups that you often encounter on free download sites.

Safer-Networking Ltd. #1: Spybot's Own Mirror
Safer-Networking Ltd. #2: Spybot's Own Mirror
Safer-Networking Ltd. #3: Spybot's Own Mirror

 

 

Spybot 2.2 Free Edition
Mirror selection Spybot 2

We provide our own mirror sites so that you will not have to put up with annoying advertisements and pop-ups that you often encounter on free download sites.

Safer-Networking Ltd. #1: Spybot 2 own mirror 1
Safer-Networking Ltd. #1: Spybot 2 own mirror 2
Safer-Networking Ltd. #1: Spybot 2 own mirror 3

I generally recommend to use downloads from the vendors own site rather than use a third-party hosting site which may also bundle other software as part of the package. In this case, just use any of Spybot's own mirrors...the downloaded file will be the same.

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.

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

 


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 06:44 PM

Thank you - I've have been reading and re-reading.  I've found some good tools and gotten some good responses.  I did run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and have been very pleased.  I've had several issues and several results - some good, some leaving me (a newbie in all this tech) with more questions.  I'm posting more questions today on the forum about Windows XP about a "new" issue which is the speed of my little computer.  I think I'm digging down the actual roots of the problems now.  All you guys and gals are GREAT!!  I'm learning a lot.  Just about ready to open up and old PC tower, rip out it's guts and start a new! 



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 07:08 PM

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