Anti-Spyware for On-DEMAND scanning?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by Birdman, Oct 29, 2008.

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  1. Birdman

    Birdman Registered Member

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    I'm looking for an *FREE* ON-DEMAND anti-spyware/malware software for weekly scans. The reviews and opinions seem to differ between the most popular programs like:

    Super Anti-spyware
    Spybot S&D
    Spyware Terminator
    AVG

    Can someone recommend one of the above (or a different one, if better)?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Criss

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    Malwarebytes and Superantispyware i would reccommend that.
     
  3. Birdman

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    Funny you mention those 2.....I was just comparing the both of them to see which one is better. I will definitely go with one of them, just not sure yet.

    Which would you recommend?
     
  4. Criss

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    i would recommend both. It is no harm having both of them. :D
     
  5. Tarq57

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    Agree with Criss. They are both top notch.
     
  6. Baldrick

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    I would concur. In fact I have both installed for on demand scanning as a back up to KIS 2009.

    Never had an issue with either! :D
     
  7. HURST

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    Using both on-demand here, no problems.
    MBAM weekly, because of it's speed (under 3 mins)
    SAS every 1 or 2 months for having peace of mind.
     
  8. Criss

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    haha same :D
     
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    MBAM and SAS.
     
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  11. Birdman

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    I decided to go with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and it seems like a really good software. However is there an option to EXCLUDE scanning of certain folders?


    After running a full system scan, it detected 2 Registry Data Items Infected:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowHelp (Hijack.StartMenu)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowMyDocs (Hijack.StartMenu)


    I didn't remove them as I was not sure if they were FP's or not. Can someone shed some light on this?
     
  12. Firebytes

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    Have you set up your start menu so that it does not show Help and My Documents? MBAM is just telling you that those items have been removed from the start menu. If you removed them yourself instead of some malware doing it then there is no problem. I have removed Help from my start menu along with Log Off and MBAM shows that in a scan. I just set them to ignore as those are settings I made myself.
     
  13. Birdman

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    Yes I manually removed both those items. Thanks for the information. I've set both to "ignore" from now on.

    What about excluding folders from scanning. Is this possible with the free version?
     
  14. gery

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    Using SAS at teh moment but it only finds cookies
     
  15. JRViejo

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    Birdman, the only available options, via the Settings tab, are:

    1. Always scan memory objects
    2. Always scan registry objects
    3. Always scan filesystem
    4. Always scan extra and heuristics objects

    If you're concerned about scanning time, my last scan of 52,143 objects (all options checked) only took 3 minutes, 9 seconds; lightning quick IMO.
     
  16. Tarq57

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    Well, isn't that as it should be?
    Maybe (Shock! Horror!) you actually have no malware. :D
     
  17. AKAJohnDoe

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    Neither MBAM nor SAS ever finds anything on my PC, which is good clean living I suppose; however, I prefer SAS as I have to run MBAM in safe mode to get it to perform a full scan, otherwise it crashes.
     
  18. lordpake

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    Sadly, this software can no longer be recommended. While it still does its job, AVG Anti-Spyware (old ewido) was discontinued by Grisoft and AFAIK definition updates will end at the end of this year (judging by posts in here Wilders).

    Current situation is that I, as a licence holder, can't even get proper support from Grisoft anymore regarding the product :(

    :thumbd:
     
  19. emperordarius

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    That was a great anti spyware indeed..
     
  20. nosirrah

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    Quick scan does everything that full does but excludes folders where I have not seen malware in the last 12 months or so .

    Memory , load points and heuristics are identical for both quick and full so location of in memory/able to enter memory objects is irrelevant . The only difference is that we don't look in folders where we have not seen malware . On the off chance there is known malware that changes to a very odd folder we will hit it by either memory scan or load point scan so quick scan will still hit it .

    We went of of our way to make quick scan catch everything that the full scan catches . The vast majority of the HijackThis forums are using MBAM quick scan as the option in their MBAM CRs .

    Quick scan is also controlled defs side so if I were to see a new location that needed to be added I could have an update up in as little as 5 minutes from the time I found it .

    I only use the quick scan while testing defs and on the rare occasions that it misses something I just modify the scan itself so that when I update the new location goes up as well . I have not modified quick scan now for many months .


    If a quick scan finds something it will kill it completely but a full scan after might find a dead trace or two , like in SVI and locations like that .
     
  21. Espresso

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    People get so used to inferior antispyware utils finding loads of false positives, they expect to find stuff on every scan.
     
  22. nosirrah

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    Exactly why we don't go after cookies .
     
  23. jmonge

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    i will go after cookies ofcourse with a good cup of coffee from tim horton:D :thumb:
     
  24. PROROOTECT

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    Hello,

    # AKAJohnDoe: for use MBAM in normal mode: Settings/ check:Terminate Internet Explorer during removal?... And rename MBAM ...

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  25. JRViejo

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    No wonder MBAM is lightning quick! I do quick scans every day and a full scan every week, just to be on the safe side. Thanks for the explanation, Bruce. :thumb:
     
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