SpyWareBegone installs virus?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Grandad, Nov 12, 2004.

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  1. Grandad

    Grandad Registered Member

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    While surfing I found the site of Spywarebegone and downloaded a free 'tester' - Free-SpyWareScan.exe, 1650KB. The moment I tried to install it alarms when off. Virus found on my system. It seems to install a virus? Anybody else experienced this?
     
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  3. Grandad

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    Thanks Ron, I bookmarked your ref site.
     
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    Grandad

    You're welcome and there is a list of trustworthy programs there as well.
    What antivirus program are you using?
     
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    The reason I'm searching for a standalone virus checker is to assist a family member. She is using NAV but very seldom updates its defs. Just too many problems. Strange how many folks will be happy with an AV installed but then ignore daily updates. I know that there is no standalone scanner that will be current. Live scanning she is not prepared to do. With NAV installed on her PC, and all the complications, it is not possible for me to assist her while I’m 16000km from her. I’m using Avast.
     
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    Not a good practice. Antivirus programs need updates.

    Major Geeks has many good programs to look through and try.

    majorgeeks

    F-Prot is a good little virus scanner that you can set to autoupdate. Works very well on my XP machine. Set it and forget it.
     
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