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Spybot search and destroy, shadow of its former self?


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#1 Lehr

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:10 AM

I've heard rumors that Spybot S&D can do more damage then good, has it really decayed that far?



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:05 AM

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).

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.

With that said and to be fair, there are now new versions of Spybot such as Spybot 2 + AV (Home & Pro) and Spybot 2 Free but I have not used them, nor read any reviews as to how well they perform. I did find this article in regards to Spybot Search and Destroy 2.0 has bloatware issues

Spybot Search and Destroy is another candidate that I have been using back in the days. Back then it was an efficient cleaner that removed lots of adware and spyware that many professional solutions did not detect...Spybot Search & Destroy 2.0...has a download size of 52 Megabytes, which feels like a lot for a once lean and clean program. You quickly now why when you look at the components that it will install on your system if you do not select the custom installation option during installation...The program installs two background processes that are running all the time, SDTray.exe and SDWelcome.exe. Scans spawn a third process SDScan.exe which may use a serious amount of memory. Yes, that is more than 500 Megabyte for that process alone.


More effective alternatives are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware Free.
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 03:27 AM

Hm, so would you recommend anything for a basic keylogging checking?

 

I already have Malwarebytes and Super anti spyware.

 

I doubt I have one, but I do enjoy having the tools to clear things up on my own.

 

 

Also do you recommend removing Spybot search and destroy, then?


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:08 AM

Yes I would remove Spybot S&D.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware is an antivirus platform that is an excellent choice for protecting your computer. EAM uses three security levels (or layers) in order to provide protection. These layers are made up of: surf protection, a dual-engine file guard, and advanced behavioral analysis. For more information, please refer to How Emsisoft Anti-Malware works.

AV-Comparatives (AVC) is an independent, Austrian based antivirus testing organization. AVC is dedicated to testing whether antivirus security software “lives up to its promises,” and it does so by running its Real World Protection Test twice a year...Emsisoft Anti-Malware was one of the few programs tested that wasn’t an Internet Security Suite and was instead simply an antivirus platform.

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By default Emsisoft Anti-Malware installs as a free fully functional 30 day trial version with real-time protection. After the trial period expires you can either choose to buy a full version license or continue to use it in limited freeware mode which still allows you to scan and clean infections. The freeware mode no longer provides any real-time protection to guard against new infections. However, even if the trial is still enabled, you can easily turn off all real time protection and just have it running as on-demand scanner only. After the trial period expires nothing really changes except that the options to activate Realtime Protection are no longer available without purchasing the full version.
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:44 AM

Yes I would remove Spybot S&D.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware is an antivirus platform that is an excellent choice for protecting your computer. EAM uses three security levels (or layers) in order to provide protection. These layers are made up of: surf protection, a dual-engine file guard, and advanced behavioral analysis. For more information, please refer to How Emsisoft Anti-Malware works.

 

 

As a free alternative, I believe Avast Free offers all of those features as well.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:15 PM

Hi,

 

Avast free is an antivirus though, not an anti-malware tool like EAM and Malwarebytes (and Spybot for that matter) to give examples. There's a difference, you should never run more than one antivirus, but you can run multiple anti-malware tools at the same time though.

 

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:37 PM

Hm, would this program work with Norton, or would it trash my pc like Spybot almost did?

 

 

Before anyone says anything: Nortons always worked for me and my PC can handle it, it isn't half bad. The issues I faced a while ago I fixed.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:41 PM

avast! real-time shield modules are individual resident protection features which continuously monitors various areas of your computer. Behavior Shield is supposed to report suspicious behavior by analyzing the behavior of programs but it's not nearly as effective as EAM.

I run EAM alongside ESET NOD32 without any performance issues and they make a great combo on my system.
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:55 PM

I'm just worried that a conflict between Norton and EAM may occur, and render my pc useless. It hasn't happened before, but still.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:58 PM

The Emsisoft folks have told me EAM can be used by itself or alongside an existing anti-virus. As I noted above, that combo works great for my system. Since EAM is offered as a free trial, you have nothing to loose by giving it a try. If you have problems, you can always remove it.
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:01 PM

True that, anyway thanks for the info guys!



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:24 PM

You're welcome and good luck.
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 04:03 PM

Can Amsi-Soft Antimalware be installed alongside Spybot or would I need to remove Spybot first?



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 04:47 PM

Yes it can be installed alongside Spybot but why would you can to keep it after reading my reply in Post #2?
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:02 PM

I like Spybot's immunization. 






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