Advice for free(or cheap) anti-spyware program, please.

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by brjoon1021, Aug 21, 2006.

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  1. brjoon1021

    brjoon1021 Registered Member

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    I recently had to rebuild my windows box. On this rebuild, I want to run free software if possible or at least, very cheap software (i.e. one low lifetime license payment). Currently, I have reinstalled avast and BOClean and I will download Comodo again when the new version comes out (I am also behind a router)

    Before the system failure my old box had: the two apps. from Javacool (I can't remember their names: Spyware blaster and something) and I also ran spybot's real time block list (not the tea timer, though) as well as Microsoft's real-time antispyware application (the one with the castle icon that they upgraded to after the MSAS/Giant version. I had ewido, A2, spybot, adaware to do on-demand scans. These in addition to the avast, BOClean and Comodo mentioned above.

    Well... I am reinstalling and rebuilding now. I am wondering how much of my old set-up for security that I should restore ? Basically, I want a pretty tight system built around BOClean, avast!, Comodo and router. I am not going to pay for anything but BOCLean unless, I can find a good app. with a cheap lifetime license (which I think that SAS has for a limited time?).

    1. What real-time anti-spyware would you recommend?
    2. any on-demand antispyware, antitrojan, and A-V that you would recommend in place of or in addition to what I had before?

    Thanks,

    B.

    Windows XP Home SP2 up-to-date. Sometimes an IE based browser sometimes firefox.
     
  2. marcromero

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    If I were to use any (free) third party on demand anti-spyware/anti-trojan software, it would be ewido and superantispyware. My antivirus of choice would be AVG (free).
     
  3. WSFuser

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    i would just get rid of ur previous antispyware tools (adaware, spybot, spywareblaster, etc) and just use the free superantispyware for on-demand scans.

    boclean and avast should provide good resident protection.
     
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    I don't have any real-time montoring from my antispyware programs so I cannot tell you which are better at blocking intrusions into a computer. As for on demand scanning, the free versions of Super Antispyware and Ewido are very good, in my opinion. I also use Spybot S&D and Ad-aware, but not sure if they are that good since they could not get rid of a trojan infection that I had. Each program has different capabilities and you sometimes need to experiment with several to see which ones work better on your system.
     
  5. A1SteakSauce

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    1. Spyware Terminator
    2. AS - Spybot AT - A2 AntiMalware AV - Avira AntiVir PE Classic
     
  6. rdsu

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    You can install the Spyware Terminator to use it Realtime Shield...
    SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition and ewido anti-spyware to on-demand scan...
     
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  9. brjoon1021

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    Thanks. This is literally the best forum of any kind that I have found.

    Basically, I can get away with using multiple on-demand spyware scanners instead of running one real-time, right? I just read some HUGE posts about SAS and other anti-spyware apps here and at BBR and Spyware Warrior. Nick from SAS seems to be everywhere, he answers and replies to posts. A good thing.

    I think that I will not install Windows defender. (Do you disagree?) I think that I will keep BOClean and avast! running real-time. I will probably install the kitchen sink: Spybot, adaware, ewido, A2, SAS for on-demand scanning. As I read the other posts I found that testers had spyware removed by Spybot and Adaware , which are maligned as ineffective these days, that were not removed by the "better" apps.

    So, again, do you use / think that average Joe (not a Porn surfer) needs a real-time antispyware?
     
  10. aigle

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    My view is that if someone is a safe surfer and wise as well( not installing untrusted software), he infact does not need a real time antispyware. Avast and BOClean might be just more than enough with safe surfing and wise instllations.
     
  11. Baldrick

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    I would concur with VaMPiRiC_CRoW

    Install the Spyware Terminator to use it Realtime Shield...and then use SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition for your on-demand scan (although Spyware Terminator does have an on demand scanner but SuprAntiSpyware's is viewed by many as better).

    and like Aigle posted, if you have a decent AV, and are a relatively safe surfer, ie, you don't go looking for trouble, then that should be sufficient when coupled with regular antispyware on demand scans.

    :D
     
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