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#1 shywolf91

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 07:51 PM

My current security setup is as follows:

 

1.Avast free AV

2.Comodo Free firewall

3.Spybot S&D 1.6.2

 

Is this a good setup? Should I add/remove any program? Where can I detailed information and/or reviews on programs?

 

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:00 PM

Choosing an Anti-Virus Program
Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools
Choosing a Firewall


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 23 July 2013 - 08:23 PM

Thanks for the reply.

 

So I should replace spybot S&D with something like SuperAntiSpyware (free/pro)?



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:27 PM

I would recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, preferably the Pro version noted at the bottom of Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools.
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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:50 PM

So malewarebytes would work with avast, or do I need to remove avast? Or will malewarebytes just replace spybot S&D?

 

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:58 PM

avast is an anti-virus program...Malwarebytes is an anti-malware program but much better than Spybot.
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 12:49 AM

FYI: mvps.org is no longer recommending Spybot S&D (or Ad-Aware) due to poor testing results.

Hi quietman,

 

What's your opinion on Spybot S&D's Immunization feature? Would you recommend the use of Spybot if its sole purpose is Immunization - with TeaTimer disabled and using other programmes for system scanning.



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:14 AM

Spybot's Immunization is passive protection, meaning it does not run in the background. When you "Immunize", entries are added to Windows registry which blocks the storing of cookies from some sites, places a large number of sites in the restricted zone, by domain (site name) and by range (IP address), and blocks the download of selected ActiveX scripts.

In the past there were issues with incomplete immunization when using that feature on Vista/Windows 7 with certain anti-virus programs and other software. Also be aware that ActiveX is not supported by Firefox, so there is no need for this protection if you use that browser.

A better alternative is to use SpywareBlaster which does the same job on a larger scale...places sites in the restricted zone, all by domain (site name), prevents the installation of ActiveX and more. In previous versions Spybot would tell you if SpywareBlaster was installed on your computer that it offered more control over your settings by letting you add and remove sites very easily.

Further, if you have upgraded your browser to Internet Explorer 8/9 as Microsoft recommends, the SmartScreen Filter provides similar but more comprehensive protection by identifying and blocking sites on the web that are distributing malicious software. It is kept current in an Internet accessible database, so it can be much larger and more quickly updated than a local static list that is only updated periodically.
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:14 AM

Okay, thank you very much for the information.



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:20 AM

You're welcome.
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