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which spyware to use??

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#1 webber3


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 09:58 PM

Running on Xp and with problems. I've got two computers fixed now, one running on spybot and the other on mbam, but need to buy one and it's too confusing to me! :scratchhead:

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#2 Condobloke


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:55 PM

G'day webber3, and :welcome:  to BC !!


MBAM (malwarebytes) is certainly the leader in its field.

Spybot has fallen by the wayside and is generally not used on this site anymore.



You will find a download link for 'SuperAntiSpywre'  HERE

SAS is a bit 'flashy' looking, but has surprisingly good detection rates.


Personally, I use MBAM (paid) SuperantiSpyware (free) with Avira (free)



It may well be a good idea to post HERE and rid yourself of the "problems" you are experiencing...


Hope this helps.

Anything i have missed, just keep posting

Edited by Condobloke, 03 May 2014 - 10:56 PM.

Condobloke ...Outback Australian  fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

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#3 noknojon


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 11:26 PM

Please start with Choosing an Anti-Virus Program and read those pages.

There are many options, as one program will not suit all systems, and you may need extra Antimalware programs.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 06:59 AM

Which version of Spybot are you using? Spybot 2 + AV (Home & Pro), Spybot 2 Free, Spybot S&D

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.

Note: 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.

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