NOD32 and AntiSpyware?

Discussion in 'NOD32 version 2 Forum' started by ejr, Nov 19, 2005.

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  1. ejr

    ejr Registered Member

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    I am going to download a trial version of NOD32 after all the great things I have heard. I do have a question. Do you also run a separate antispyware program?

    I emailed NOD32's customer service and they told me that with NOD32 installed I would not need the spyware softare.

    That's a HUGE plus.

    Has this been your experience?
     
  2. rgibsons2005

    rgibsons2005 Registered Member

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    You don't need to install any anti-spyware program, etc programs when you're running NOD32. Furthermore, as a precautionary measure, you need to edit your HOSTS file for maximum security. The one I rely on is found at http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm You manually set this file to "read-only" once you're finished. However, I do recommend checking the system for rootkits with RootKit Revealer and F-Secure's Blacklight. With this setup, I haven't ever received any spyware, adware, malware etc. Believe me, I visit lots of shady sites to test it out. :D

    Tip: Don't use an admin account when you don't need to.
     
  3. webyourbusiness

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    you may not NEED additional layers of protection, but many of the regular here have them - search the forum for more information.
     
  4. tempnexus

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    "You surelly must be jokeing Mr. Feynman!"

    NOD32 Anti-spyware removal and detection is NOWHERE NEAR that of SpySweeper or Outpost AS (part of firewall 3.0) or CounterSpy.

    Nod32 AS is a minor supplement BUT NOT A SUBSTITUTE, especially when it comes to removal!
     
  5. ejr

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    But how about Nod32 with Outpost Pro? Would that be sufficient?

    I uninstalled Counterspy as I was getting CPU spikes. I still have Spybot and Adaware installed.
     
  6. YeOldeStonecat

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    It depends on your websurfing habits.

    For anti virus and worms...NOD32 is right up top. For some online threats...it's good, but nobody in this area is perfect. Use some smarts....
    *Alternative browser such as Opera or Firefox
    *Spybot Search and Destroy, updated and immunized
    *All your windows updates
    *SpywareBlaster if you use IE or Firefox
    *Microsoft Antispyware
    *Behind a NAT router.
     
  7. rgibsons2005

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    The following is what I sent the person who inquired. Practically Spybot and Ad-aware were once good, but it's been surpassed by the use of the "HOSTS" file. Wake up the smell the burning chips in your computer, paying for Anti-Spyware is unheard of. Use Mozilla Firefox, keep your "hosts" file updated, don't use an admin account, and scan with NOD32. That is all there is to it. I visit TERRIBLY shady sites and I haven't ever been attacked/infected. Paying for Anti-Spyware, etc. is just plain silly. Now, NOD32 is worth every penny. :D
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    Download this file http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.zip

    Unzip the file you downloaded above with WinZip. You probably have WinZip installed, but if you don't, a fully functional version is available for download at http://www.winzip.com

    Now, replace this file with your existing "hosts" file. If you're using Windows XP, you move this file into this folder C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
    If you're using Windows 2K, you move this file into this folder C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC If you're using Win 98/ME, you move this file into this folder C:\WINDOWS

    When prompted to allow the file to be replaced, click "Yes". oh if your using Windows XP, 2000, or NT, you need to have administrative access-- log in using your admin account. After all this, reboot the computer.

    This is all there is to it. You saved yourself 30+ dollars. When purchasing Anti-Spyware programs, this is what you're basically paying for. I haven't received any ad-ware, spyware, malware, etc. The file is updated 2/3 times a month. The author is from Microsoft MVP.. this means NOTHING is shady. Kim Komando, www.kimkomando.com, uses it too and so do many others. do a google search! Paying for NOD32 is worth every penny, but purchasing Anti-Spyware, I don't know about that one. I test my configuration with some really SHADY sites... not once infected- I use Mozilla Firefox too.
     
  8. rgibsons2005

    rgibsons2005 Registered Member

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    oh, to set the "read-only" for the "hosts" file, right click on the file, go to "properties." then check off the options at the bottom of the "general" tab

    Oh and replacing "127.0.0.1" with "0.0.0.0" EXCEPT the first line makes things run faster as it doesn't resolve to "localhost," but to a "null" IP address.

    I challenge all of you to do this, see how many ad-ware, spyware, etc you get. you get NONE! this is how many you get! That is Narley! Be smart, surf happy
     
  9. tempnexus

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    well hosts is all fine and dandy untill you get hit by a "NAIL" then you are nailed. Hosts is soo easy to mess up it's not even funny. Hosts was the #2 attack of all the spyware within the past 2 years...vx2, CWS etc.

    yes it's a good prevention for VISITING A SITE, but if you ever execute an exe that you got then HOSTS won't do much...since the infeciton will actually use that to its advantage...and yes Read Only does not make a difference once the proggy is executed.
     
  10. rgibsons2005

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    I said, "Wake up and smell the burning chips in your computer case, SOLDIER!" I'm NOT going to argue with you, but I've ran numerous tests-- all the utmost SHADY web sites ever and I haven't ever been infected. Why pay for Anti-Spyware software when all you need to do is to adjust the "hosts" file. Practically all the major Anti-Spyware programs rely on the "hosts" file. Just look at Spy Sweeper, SOLDIER! You do need to check for rootkits with Blacklight or RootKit Revealer though. You listen, SOLDIER!
     
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, act in such a manner or find this thread closed. Enough of the personal swipes.

    Blackspear.
     
  12. masqueofhastur

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    Adjusting the hosts file is hardly all you need to do, it's certainly handy, but it's not something I would rely on exclusively.
     
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