AntiSpyware: Which is the best?

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AntiSpyware: Which is the best?

Post by RaGhul » Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:46 pm

After seeing the thread posted here, I thought I'd make a similar thread for antispyware.

Which one do you prefer? And why?

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Post by 5eraph » Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:22 pm

I use avast as I've mentioned in the other thread, but the most compelling reason I still use it above all others is that it's the only AV I've used that hasn't broken anything while trying tp remove a virus or malware except the virus or malware. :)

It works very well when used with Spybot S&D on the really bad stuff that occasionally surfaces on my 8-year-old daughter's computer. Unlocker helps when all else fails.

No AV is perfect, but avast offers me the best balance of hands-off, dummy-proof behavior without cryptic warnings that nobody but me seems to understand in my house.
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Post by MrNxDmX » Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:27 pm

I currently use nothing for spyware. Do you think its needed?
I clear my cookies everyday, and clear temp with ccleaner. Have a firewall and nod32. Thats all.

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Post by 5eraph » Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:34 pm

It depends on how safe you feel, MrNxDmX. If you know what you're downloading and you know for certain how good your sources are then you probably don't need one.

If you use any P2P filesharing programs then I would say it is absolutely necessary. I know it's saved my bacon more than a few times.

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Post by MrNxDmX » Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:47 pm

Got it, my teacher :wink:

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Post by ahmerkhan » Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:05 pm

Spybot search n destroy is best free antispyware program...
Spyware Doctor is the Final Choice throughout the Internet...


BTW,Which FireWall you are using....;)

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Post by MrNxDmX » Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:15 pm

Me, sygate. I just have a program running for it, smc.exe. And consuming 7,264K now.
I tried zone alarm, but it slows down my computer, also sometimes freezes. I dont want to use symantec because of ram comsuming.

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Post by ViVa » Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:21 pm

I use Windows Defender if necessary, and a lot of common sense with manual deleting of spyware files on my HDD if any. Also Start -> Run -> "msconfig" is a nice tool which allows you to easily disable startup items.

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Post by MrNxDmX » Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:24 pm

I use StartupCPL for deciding startup apps. And services.msc for managing services. I know that msconfig is not fully controlling services, so I suggest msc management.

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Post by mr_smartepants » Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:21 pm

I currently use Windows Defender although I read that it doesn't catch some spyware. I used to run Webroot SpySweeper and it was awesome. I only switched because I'm a cheap bastard! :D

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Post by ViVa » Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:21 pm

I wasn't talking about services... :P

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Post by MrNxDmX » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:33 pm

Ok ViVa, we are just sharing our ideas :wink:

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Post by RaGhul » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:08 pm

mindcurd read my mind on this one.

SpyBot (best freeware) and Spyware Doctor. You need at least 2 to get out all the nasties.

Also, using Firefox in lieu of IE (especially with a few handy extensions, like AdBlock) are the best defense. I just installed Spyware Blaster. After a week or two, I'll scan with the above-mentioned apps to see if it really does block spyware.

PS: Incidentally, I tested 7 antispyware apps on Saturday. Took me 6 hrs. LOL. Spybot and Spyware Doctor were the only apps that found ANYTHING. So, I'm guessing they are the only 2 with Firefox support (I never use IE.) Something all you Firefox users should consider.

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Post by ahmerkhan » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:21 am

Spybot Search n Destroy + Spyware Doctor also supported for IE.Spyware Doctor has an Integration with IE.

We Should also install a Program like CCleaner to fixed some registry issues left by many programs...;)

Btw,Nice Idias by Nice Peoples :)

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Post by RogueSpear » Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:11 am

I've actually stopped using all realtime antispyware. I've determined that they all pretty well suck. Symantec AntiVirus Corp really seems to catch just about everything that I'd ever run into. I always have Spybot, Ad-aware, and about a half dozen specialized tools installed and available just in case.

All the time I have people at work, friends, family asking for my help because they have some kind of infection. I have to ask - how the hell are so many people having problems with this stuff?

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Post by ahmerkhan » Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:13 am

Yeh I am Agree with RogueSpear...

There is no need to activate Realtime Protection using Antispware,adware etc...They are RAM hungry programs...

we Just need a good antivirus software to protect our data...
All other things should be install and run time by time...

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Post by runningfool87 » Tue May 08, 2007 7:08 pm

you may want to check out AVG (formerly ewido) antispyware. uses almost no RAM, has been repeatedly ranked as the top, or among the top, anti-trojan programs, detects way more than spysweeper ever could, and alongside NOD32 AV and outpost firewall makes any idiot's PC a FORTRESS.

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Post by newsposter » Tue May 08, 2007 7:13 pm

you may also want to consider NOT using MSIE for anything except for MS Updates.

Opera being the first choice, Firefox a second.

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Post by armond » Wed May 09, 2007 3:21 am

KasperSky Internet Security. Nothing other.

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Post by Kelsenellenelvian » Wed May 09, 2007 3:43 am

Spyware blaster and a custom blocklist.

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Post by RaGhul » Wed May 09, 2007 5:51 am

"Holy thread revival, Bat--"
...wait a minute... sorry. It felt weird not having 'newsposter' hit me again with that lame crap. :P

SW Blaster seemed like the ticket to me, but every time I use it, I still get hit by 'ads.yieldmanager.net'

Hey, Kel, where can I download a custom blocklist?

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Post by Kelsenellenelvian » Wed May 09, 2007 6:12 am

http://www.msfn.org/board/Domain_blockl ... t&p=624964 <-- IE6

Two posts down for a IE7 version...

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Post by buletov » Wed May 09, 2007 9:56 am

Firefox + AdBlock + AdBlock.G Updater + Avast
Never know what life is gonna throw at you.

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Post by Fragbert » Wed May 09, 2007 10:24 am

Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition (now at v10.1.6), first AV product that I can comfortably say negates any need for separate AntiSpyware/malware programs.

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Post by RaGhul » Wed May 09, 2007 9:01 pm

You're the second person to mention that one, Fragbert.

And while I don't deny that Symantec IS a solid antivirus solution, it's a HUGE resource hogger. If you have a new pc, and don't run videogames, then I guess that's fine. I'd rather not deal with it, though, especially when you're at a customer's house and wanna get the job done fast! (I charge by job, not by hour...)

Not that I'm dogging Norton, but NOD32 gets my vote any day! :D

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Post by Fragbert » Thu May 10, 2007 10:30 am

RaGhul wrote:You're the second person to mention that one, Fragbert.

And while I don't deny that Symantec IS a solid antivirus solution, it's a HUGE resource hogger. If you have a new pc, and don't run videogames, then I guess that's fine. I'd rather not deal with it, though, especially when you're at a customer's house and wanna get the job done fast! (I charge by job, not by hour...)

Not that I'm dogging Norton, but NOD32 gets my vote any day! :D
Any modern computer should run your games fine without the SLIGHTEST degredation in performance with SAVCE v10 installed. If this is not the case than you have other problems. Trust me I am very sensitive to programs that interfere with my gaming, and I'm a 3D fps junkie. Sure, it takes about 50mb of memory footprint, but what doesnt? The days of <1GB machines are over.

And do not associate Norton with Symantec corporate. COMPLETELY different products :)

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Post by grief » Sat May 19, 2007 12:32 am

hosts file (lots of decent programs to manage this for you), adaware pro (run it very rarely), and even more rarely i'll use hijackthis if i see something odd happening.

i rarely have any problems with spyware, cookies and internet temp files deleted regularly.

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Post by pepoluan » Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:23 am

FireFox + AdBlock Plus + NoScript

Block IE through Local Security Policy.

Spybot Search & Destroy + Comodo BOclean

(as you can see, I am cheap, and use only freewares :P )
Nobody is perfect.
I am nobody.

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Post by presuhn » Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:29 am

I use Spybot regularly, it's always worked great for me.

Lately I've also started using a-squared free version. It has a nice interface and it leaves a small footprint.

http://www.emsisoft.com

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Post by project51 » Thu Jul 19, 2007 2:20 pm

I don't use any anti-spyware.

But I do keep SpyBoy 1.4 to clean up my friends' computer. But not for me.

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