Posted 26 December 2006 - 10:16 PM
Wow, that is quiet a collection!
If Spyware Doctor is in your task bar, try right clicking on it and see what options you have or open it and check the options. It should be easy to find how to stop from starting at startup.
If AVG Anti-spyware is running at startup, kill it, too.
eTrust Security Suite has an antispyware, antivirus, antispam and firewall, so that is enough to run at startup along with Spyware Blaster. If you have Spybot's teatimer running I would turn that off, too.
Try those suggestions and if your computer is running satisfactorily after it would be OK to leave Windows Defender to start.
Having extra programs installed and updated on your computer on standby is a good idea in case some malware slips through and you need the extra scanning ability.
One more suggestion--Install NoScript extension in your Firefox browser and learn to use it. It is your best protection against driveby installs of malware when cruising the web.
Your best protection from getting malware is safe user habits. Don't open spam, never click on links in email, keep your programs and Windows up to date, don't download freebies like screensavers and stay away from high risk sites such as porn and gambling.
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