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#1 Rays PC

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 04:52 PM

hey everyone, I have a question for you,

the AVG anti spyware icon that used to be on my task bar is gone and when I open it, I can no longer set the resident shield. It says its not available for the free version. Is this something new??, it use to work.
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Posted 23 November 2006 - 05:08 PM

Hi Ray,

The real-time scanning (resident shield) and autoupdate features are turned off after thirty days unless you buy the program. However, you can still update manually and do manual scans. It's all spelled out on the AVG webpages.

Of course it would be nice to get all the features for free, but it's still a very good antispyware scanner, and there are other free programs that can give you real-time protection, such as Javacool's Spyware Guard and the TeaTimer feature of Spybot-Search & Destroy.

Personally I don't use any realtime spyware programs, I think it's enough to block bad sites with Spyware Blaster and use some common sense. I do use a realtime antivirus scanner though.

Here's a tutorial on free protection programs and others:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...ree+replacement

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 05:20 PM

Thanks Dave,

I also have javacools spyware blaster, and if I remember the Tea Time feature of Spybot S&D as well.
Is Javacools Spyware Guard something else?

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 05:23 PM

Sorry Dave, I followed the link and it looks like Spyware Guard is a separate item. Seeing what I already have and running on my PC, can I also install Spyware Guard without having any conflicts??

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 05:40 PM

Hi Ray,

I would recommend running only one real-time spyware scanner. Spyware Blaster is not a real-time scanner, its protection is entirely passive. And your AVG resident shield is now disabled. So unless you have something else (e.g. TeaTimer) on there, you could add SpywareGuard with no problems.

Just remember to keep it updated. Same goes for SpywareBlaster. Spyware mutates at a dizzying rate.

HTH,

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 08:31 AM

Also keep in mind that Spywareguard does not require constant definition updates because its detection abilities use a heuristic [rule-based] engine. Normally, for an Anti-Virus product to detect a virus, the virus must have been seen before, analyzed and detection added to the signature update files. Heuristics are used since there are some families of viruses that continually change their appearance and it is not possible to detect every variant. Heuristics allows setting up a defined set of rules so if it looks like a virus, and acts like a virus it can be detected, even if the virus has never been seen before. SpywareGuard uses this same approach for detecting spyware.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 10:43 AM

Hey QM, thanks for the correction. Another point in SpywareGuard's favor!

Ray, sorry for the bad information. However, I'm pretty sure my advice about frequent updates is correct with regard to SpywareBlaster.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 02:50 PM

Your welcome DaveM59. Your also correct about SpywareBlaster which seems to have an update once a month or so. Spybot on the other hand has very frequent updates (once a week).
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 04:30 PM

thanks for the help guys. but I have another question for you guys,,, I was looking at spyware blaster list of protected list and I noticed that there were a couple hundred coolweb sites that were listed as unprotected,,, why were those sites left unprotected while the others werent???
I checked lots of them but wasnt able to do all, but I will today.
your input would be appreciated.

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 08:15 AM

There are 6937 items in the database to include hundreds of CoolWebSearch. Did you click enable all protection on the main page and double-check to see if there was a check mark next to each entry? Under IE, Restricted Sites and Mozilla/Firefox if you right click on the list itself there is an option to "Select All" and then click "Protect Against Checked Items".

Another thing you can use to add even more bad sites to your Restricted Sites list is IE-SPYAD or IE-SPYAD for ZonedOut.
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 09:31 PM

thanks Quietman, I guess I forgot to select all. If I use Firefox can I use IE-SPYPAD ???

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:22 PM

IESpyad does not work with Firefox, only Internet Explorer.

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 10:06 PM

Thanks Orange Blossom,

I am currently running
AVG spyware
Avast anti virus
Spybot S&D
Ad Aware
Spyware Blaster
Spyware Guard

and I was looking thru the post with all the different products available and am wondering if I can use A-square(?) and if so, do I need it??

thanks

Ray

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 06:33 PM

I wish I had read this post earlier. I found out I had Coolweb Search 2353 - 2646 unchecked for some reason in the restricted sites section. I sat for about an hour checking them all cursing the fact there didn't seem to be a select all option and now you tell me!!.

I think I know why this happened. When I installed Spyware Blaster I had the Beta version of IE7. A couple of days later Microsoft released the finished version. I noticed that when I installed the updated version that it left all the boxes unchecked in the IE section which I then rechecked. Firefox was ok but I must have missed the restricted sites one as they were all well down at the bottom. Anyway problem fixed now and I learned something else.
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Posted 28 November 2006 - 09:10 PM

Anyway problem fixed now and I learned something else.

That's what this discussion threads are all about. :thumbsup:
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