Adaware Pro or PestPatrol?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by ChrisP, Dec 14, 2003.

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  1. ChrisP

    ChrisP Suspended Member

    Jun 6, 2003
    Which of these is best at protecting from adware etc etc?

    Also - I notice with Pest Patrol that it does not scan inside archives (I have tested it on XP zip files and even when set to scan all files - as this is the setting they asy will scan archives - it fails to detect any malware - but it will if it is not in a zip file. -Has anyone else folun this?
  2. Dan Perez

    Dan Perez Retired Moderator

    May 18, 2003
    Sunny San Diego
    I'm registered for both AdAware Pro and PestPatrol and I think that AdAware is far better for adware or spyware. PestPatrol is better for trojans or keyloggers but it is pretty poor in that respect compared to TDS (and presumeably TrojanHunter and BOClean).

    I looked in PestPatrol for any means of scanning within archives but I cannot see any option that would enable it and, likewise, I found no indication on PestPatrol's site that it could do this.

    Although I am registered for it I almost never use PestPatrol because it is kind of flaky (in my opinion, has false positives and because I have many networking tools on my laptop it is prone to alert on the presence of many of them).

    Hope this helps
  3. FanJ

    FanJ Guest

    Hey Dan ;) ,

    We both have NetScanTools (you the Pro version, me the standard one).
    Yep, PP does alert for it.
    But it is the nature of PP doing this:
    PP was/is first aimed at system-admins.
    And you can use NetScanTools for things that PP warns about.
    I myself don't consider that a false positive, certainly not ;)

    Cheers, Jan.

    PS: I too have PP, AA-Pro, BOClean, TDS-3, SpyCop, SpyBot S&D, etc. etc.
    PS-2: PP is not running resident here on my machine.
  4. JayK

    JayK Poster

    Dec 27, 2002
    I agree, however it's false positive prone, even if you don't use networking tools. Just look at some of the posts in this forum and you can see a lot of questions about false detections.

    I agree with the rest of your advice.
  5. Flaircky

    Flaircky Guest


    I am using PestPatrol v4.4.3.24 and Ad-Aware and no one of them is able to detect the pest that had put the "Dictionary" and "Enciclopedia" in the right button menu of my mouse.
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