Is PestPatrol an A-T? Is it any good?

Discussion in 'other anti-trojan software' started by Uni, Sep 4, 2003.

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  1. Uni

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    Is Pest Patrol any good as an A-T detector? Does any body know, I am totally new to this area.

    Any advice, help would be welcome.
     
  2. MickeyTheMan

    MickeyTheMan Security Expert

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    I used to be part of their beta team.
    But a decision was made at one point to close their forums ( questions were hardly answered anymore anyway) so i and probably many others lost interest in this product, and quite frankly i would not be able to tell you where development stands at this point.
     
  3. uni

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    Ok thanks for the reply :)

    But it is a Trojan detector is it?
     
  4. sig

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    It's not a substitute for a dedicated AT. In short, no it's not generally recommended as an AT. Get one of the top 3: TDS, Trojan Humter or BOClean. Others also recommend Trojan Remover.

    See this for more info from Wilders on these AT's and PP: http://www.wilders.org/anti_trojans.htm

    Also, this thread should be moved to the other AT forum here since it has nothing to do with NOD AV support. ;)
     
  5. marti

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    I have used Pest Patrol and don't recommend it. It's a combo AT and spyware remover. Unfortunatly, it's really good at "false positives."

    If you want an AT look at Trojan Hunter, TDS, and BOClean.
     
  6. Andreas Haak

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    Just a link to an other thread about PestPatrol:

    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,7572769~root=security,1~mode=flat
     
  7. MickeyTheMan

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    Pest patrol was trying to be a bit of everything and as a result was not a top notch product at anything
     
  8. Andreas Haak

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    Not exactly ... its top notch ... in causing false positives.
     
  9. Jooske

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    Originally PP was to locate pests on your system, which could be even texts and documents about nasties, hacking, whatever, so a system admin or a parent could check the pc or the whole network for what people where doing and which wrong interests there were.
    So of course false positives were possible if you would have a banana cooking recipe and a banana virus would be warned for in that file. Of course if you go that way of detection false positives will always be there.
    You can exclude text files btw.
    The potential was good in first instance and i was a beta tester too, more in the first start causing a whole rebuild. Not sure where they stand now.
    I think they should have stayed what was the first instance which was pests, and being really good in that. They have lot of all elsewhere forgotten info and detection in their databases and pages, and i found long forgotten texts on my system with it. So don't underestimate that part of PP.
    After maybe they could think of separate products for other nasties.

    For serious AT which really protects you go for a specialist, mentioned already the great three and as you see in my name what is my personal choice.
     
  10. uni

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    Ok thanks for your replies everybody :)

    So if PP is not that good* as is the general consensus, what about Spybot S&D?

    no software bashing please - paul
     
  11. the Tester

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    Spybot S/D is an excellent program for detecting and removing spyware,adware,that kind of malware.

    If you are looking for trojan detection, Spybot S/D has some trojan detection abilities.
    But the database for trojans detected is a lot smaller than a specialised AT program.

    I wouldn't put Spybot S/D in the AT category,if that's what you are asking.
     
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    Spybot S&D is good for what it does, but it does not claim to be an AT and is not a substitute for a dedicated AT.
     
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