Experiences with Spysweeper 5.5 w/ Antivirus, or AVG Anti-Malware

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  1. Hangetsu

    Hangetsu Registered Member

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    Does anyone have any experience with either Spysweeper 5.5 w/ Antivirus, or AVG Anti-Malware (the paid version that has both AV and AS)? I notice Spysweeper isn't tesked on AV-Comparatives... Is it listed under a different name (and Spysweeper licenses it)?

    I'm looking for excellent protection on a gaming box, so performance is important. I know alot of people like AVG, but I'm leery of freeware (although I'm willing to change my opinion!)

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    spysweeper with antivirus uses Sophos antivirus,

    it has poor detection, but a paranoid heuristic.

    if using avg AM, there is no need to add a virus/spyware program.

    AVG AM is not freeware, its AVG+ewido, detection is high and false positives are low. (recommended)
     
  3. Hangetsu

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    Thanks CSJ. How is performance with the AM? I know AVG on its own is supposed to be good (a lot of gamers use it), and I know Ewido was an excellent AS -- How big of a footprint does it have?
     
  4. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    performance is excellent

    try the trial here

    Av-comparatives: 97,75%
    Av-test.org: 95.10%

    Very good scores, also ... they have a good renewal price too.

    try it, and decide ;)

    hope this helped.
     
  5. Hangetsu

    Hangetsu Registered Member

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    It certainly did, thanks!
     
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    ....AVG other test results as well:

    VB100: 18 success 22 failure (Not that impressive, if you ask me)
    West Coast Labs: Pass 1&2 since 21/12 2005 (Last 8 times on XP)

    Cheers
     
  7. Hangetsu

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    OK, one last question then:

    If I have a choice of NOD32 3.0 or AVG Anti-Malware (the AV and AS combo), which would you recommend? I have Norton Anti-Bot (behavior blocker) already purchased.

    I think NOD is the better AV, but would the behavior blocker make up for AVG's lack of heuristics? Just curious.

    Thanks!
     
  8. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    both are good, i aint allowed to give my 'vs reply.'

    i do like nod32, its perfect for a laptop.

    however, nod32 is too expensive, wayyy overpriced in my opinion.
     
  9. Hangetsu

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    I have an existing license, which is why I asked (and wasn't trying to start a "vs" post, sorry about that)!

    Thanks again!
     
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    i will just say that avg antimalware is a decent app.
    avg free isnt very good but antimware paid version is decent.
    spysweeper from version 5x has been way to buggy and prompted me to remove it even with a active license remaining.
    lodore
     
  11. C.S.J

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    sad, but as expected lodore.

    ever since the v5 series, its been terrible.

    adding Sophos to it, is adding more fuel to the fire. :doubt:
     
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    Well, apparently AVG Free and Pro scores 3-4% less than AVG Anti-Malware in the on demand sample sets of AV-comparatives, which puts it in the region of ~93%, which is still an "Advanced" rating. The lack of spyware detection in the Free edition (but this detection is there in Pro) may be a cause for concern but I think AVG has come a long way in the last year :)
     
  13. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    i dont think thats true firecat.

    i think ewido puts alot into avgs AM score, certainly alot more than 3-4%
     
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    IBK said that AVG Free/Pro scores 3-4% lower in the AV-comparatives official forum ;)
     
  15. C.S.J

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    this forum is biased!
    I don't always agree with IBK :)
     
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