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What free programs protect against trojans, rootkits, spyware, etc.?


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#1 yologirlll

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 05:48 PM

Hi. I'm currently using SUPERAntiSpyware for spyware, norton for viruses and malwarebytes for malware. Recently installed superantispyware so I'm not sure if its good, do you recommend it or is there another one better out there?[/size]

I need protection for the other smaller things out there like trojans, rootkits and everything else thats not virus/malware.[/size]

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 06:22 PM

I believe there are ;many fine programs, just to name a few: Malwarebytes combine [anti-malware, anti-exploit, anti-ransom], Emsisoft AM, Win Anti-Ransom, WinPrivacy.  The list of the top five or top ten -- depends upon who you ask.  Not everything is going to be forever free, some, but not all, of these utilities [especially concerning real time protection shields] carry a 30-day trial period then revert to nonShield free versions.


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#3 yologirlll

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 06:27 PM

What programs do you use?



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Posted 21 May 2016 - 07:12 PM

Hello and welcome, @yologirlll:

 

There is no one "best" program or selection of programs that best suits all computer, users, and budgets.

 

A layered approach is important. Each component fills a different niche in the security strategy, rather than overlapping or duplicating other applications (IOW, one wants to have only ONE AV, ONE anti-malware, ONE anti-exploit, etc.).  But no program or programs can protect 100% of computers from 100% of malware 100% of the time -- safe computing practices by the computer user are the most critical defense.

 

@quietman7 has crafted several authoritative, comprehensive, detailed forum "stickies" about personal computer safety. 

I suggest starting here: Answers to common security questions - Best Practices

 

Just a few minor tweaks to @RolandJS's advice:

First, MBARW (Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware) is a BETA product at this time and should not be installed in a production environment.

Also, the Trial period for MBAM Trial and MBAE Trial is 14 days, not 30.

More information here:  MBAM   MBAE   MBARW-BETA

 

Cheers,

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 08:06 PM

Thanks for the tweak, MoxieMomma!  Trying to remember the numerous software free-trial times -- I got this one wrong.

Yeah, it's best to not install Beta Whatever on any production computer, I missed it being a production computer.


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Posted 21 May 2016 - 09:51 PM

I can list some free software for you to check out, I won't go into what they do, I'll leave that up to you to research, but most if not all are highly regarded. A lot of these have both free and paid versions.

 

Spyshelter

NoVirus Thanks Exe Radar Pro

Spyware Blaster

Cryptoprevent

Malwarebytes AntiExploit

Sandboxie

Trusteer Rapport

Keyscrambler

Heimdal

Crystal Security

Zemana Anti Key Logger

 

I would strongly suggest that you do not rush in and try all of this software at once, but do some research and see what each one does and from that determine your needs. You have to determine what works good together and what works good with what you are using now. Take your time. A good adblocker such as Ublock Original would also help. I would also suggest dumping Superantispyware, it seems to have fallen out of favour with the security crowd recently, basically it is good for detecting cookies, for anything else, not so much, there are much better products our there. With Malwarebytes you shouldn't need it at all especially if your using the paid version.



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Posted 22 May 2016 - 05:50 AM

Hi all!

 

There is also SpywareBlaster and WinPatrol FREE / PLUS, both of which have free as well as paid versions, i.e. the latter with extra functionality.

 

In addition there is Ghostery, which is free.

 

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 07:46 PM

List of Free PUP/Adware/Toolbars/Browser Hijacking Scan Tools:


List of Free Scan & Disinfection Tools to supplement your anti-virus or get a second opinion in these topics:


List of Ransomware Prevention Tools:


List of Browser Protecton Tools:

 

 


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