Is NOD32 a "proper" Anti-SpyWare Scanner ?

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  1. mr greek

    mr greek Registered Member

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    Hi All:

    I am new at using NOD32, so I have a few questions:

    QUESTION No1:
    Is NOD32 a "proper" Anti-SpyWare Scanner ?

    QUESTION No2:
    Or is it recommended that I go and find a separate product to do my Anti-Spyware scanning?

    Regards
     
  2. elfen_song

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    1. Nod32 is an AV, so I think it's not good at finding spyware
    2. Yes
     
  3. Blackspear

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    Hi mr greek, welcome to Wilders.

    A. Yes, NOD32 is very effective with protecting you against spyware.

    A. No, a dedicated anti-spyware program is not required when using NOD32.

    Cheers :D
     
  4. The Hammer

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    A pretty definative statement wouldn't you say? Different Ant-spyware programs detect different things as well as some of the same things. Why should NOD be any different?
     
  5. n8chavez

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    I too would like to knw the answers to these questions. But it seems to me that NOD32 is perhaps the closest thing that we can get to an all inclusive product; one that protects from all types of malware. With the release of 2.7. now scanning for rookits, NOD32 has taken a giant step toward this goal. If you are asking because you need convincing, rest assured NOD32 is a great product.
     
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    Sorry to post twice in a row. However Blackspear knows this product more than I, and has verified what I said. I do think that good Hosts file can perhaps eliminate your spyware worries if you want that added feeling of security.
     
  7. Blackspear

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    Not really, I run 3 programs that will be reduced to 2 programs when Eset release their suite (the firewall will be dropped for either NOD32's or OA's).

    NOD32
    Online Armor
    Software Firewall

    Cheers :D
     
  8. The Hammer

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    Then you might want/need to update the security link in your sig as there are a few AS progs in there. A project for the new year perhaps? ;)
     
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  9. Blackspear

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    No need to update it, the only addition is FirstDefence ISR which is on my wifes computer, as multiple users access that system, a reboot restores the PC to its prior state, just in case ;) :D

    Cheers :D
     
  10. mr greek

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    Hi Blackspear:

    For the past week I have also been using Spyware Doctor (from PC Tools) as my Anti-Spyware product ***simultaneously*** with NOD32.
    In other words, I have both products installed and running at the same time.
    I have not noticed anything bad by doing this, but then again, I am not an expert at all with these matters.

    QUESTION No1:
    In your opinion, am I compromising NOD32's capabilities in any way??

    QUESTION No2:
    Am I compromising SpyWare Doctor's capabilities in any way??

    QUESTION No3:
    Any other comments or suggestions ?

    Regards,
    Mr Greek
     
  11. Blackspear

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    No.

    No.

    Before I would pay for a AS application in addition to NOD32, I would invest in a HIPS program (in my case Online Armor), as NOD32 handles spyware more than adequately.

    Cheers :D
     
  12. The Hammer

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    I was thinking in terms of subtraction not addition concerning the programs in your link. ;)
     
  13. mr greek

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    Dear Blackspear:

    I look forward to NOD32's firewall product.

    At the moment though, I am using ZoneAlarm as my software firewall.

    In your opinion:

    Q1: what are the top 5 software firewall products
    Q2: how does ZoneAlarm compare with the top 5 products

    Regards,
    Mr Greek
     
  14. Blackspear

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    No the link has everything from minimal and as much of FREE as possible, to what I call tight, and is on my system.

    Cheers :D
     
  15. Blackspear

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    ZoneAlarm has always been in the top 5 of firewalls for a very long time. There is nothing wrong with ZA at all. Various versions have an issue, however they usually fix it fairly quickly. I have over 1000 clients using ZA without any problems.

    Cheers :D
     
  16. ASpace

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    Blackspear is right however having one more application for on-demand scans as a second opinion never hurts . I mean NOD32 is excellent in detecting and removing spyware (the most important part of the malware) but not all things will be removed . For example NOD32 will remove all EXE , DLL files and start reg keys of a malware essential for malware's proper running however it will not remove other files that belongs to the malware but are non-malicious . A special dedicated antispyware software will remove even the non-malicious files/registry entires of the spyware/malware . Note that only the malicious files are important for proper spyware work ;)
     
  17. Bubba

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    nixie21....so we don't take this thread further off-topic concerning Hips programs, I've moved your question concerning Hips into our other anti-malware software forum, along with re-titling it. You can find your new thread here: What is a hips program

    Bubba
     
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