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Your Questions About Anti Spyware Software For Mac

Posted by softwareguru on July 31, 2014

Laura asks…

Anti-Spyware and Anti-Virus for Mac?

Do I need them? Running OX 10.4.11 on a PowerBook G4 and want to know is it safe without them? Working with Mac for a couple of years now and always felt they were less susceptible to disease.
I get messages every so often from websites that my computer is at risk. What can you recommend for me as a download or an in-store purchase if necessary, for either Anti-Spy/Virus protection?
Anything free and safe would benefit most!
Thank you in advance for your honest help!

Thank you Darren09! Lot’s of info.
A few questions though….
#3 “crackz”, can you explain further?
Also #4 Do not run in Administrator mode?
You gave me info on PC not Mac?
Thank you for your help

softwareguru answers:

It’s pretty simple to understand why there are more viruses on Windows than on OS X: more people use Windows than OS X. Hackers generally target the biggest nail in order to reach a much larger audience.

There is no such thing as a “perfect” operating system. As more people move to mac computers, so do more hackeres exposing the security flaws. Every piece of software is going to have some kind of exploit, but there are several things you can do in order to keep yourself safe no matter what PC or operating system you use.

1. Be careful what type of sites you visit. There are many unscrupulous websites out there that will readily infect your machine with a virus or adware.

2. Instead of downloading music, go to the store and buy the CD or buy the MP3’s from legit sites. Not only will you avoid any financially difficult legal situation, you’ll also avoid any website that promises free MP3 downloads but only delivers viruses and adware.

3. Instead of looking for software cracks or serials online, look for coupons. The “crackz” scene is filled to the brim with malicious websites. You’re not safe when you’re visiting these “seedier” websites.

4. Do not run in Administrator mode. You should only run in Administrator mode when you’re installing hardware or software, but running in a lower security mode you’ll avoid a lot of the more invasive attacks.

Helen asks…

Best Anti Virus Software For Mac OS?

I have a MacBook Pro and want to buy a really good anti virus programme as I open alot of sites i’m pretty sure are packed with trojan horses and spyware. Can anyone recommend the best specifically for Mac?

Thank you!

softwareguru answers:

I don’t use anti-virus software, as it has been said, Macs don’t get viruses pretty often. The only protecting tool I use is ProteMac NetMine – it’s a firewall.

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Your Questions About Virus Removal Software

Posted by softwareguru on July 31, 2014

Sandy asks…

need help, a spyware/virus has locked me out of task manager, any tips?

im not looking for virus removal software suggestions. i can usually fix the problem myself, i have just never seen one that locked me out of task manager before. make it hard to find which process is doing the damage.

softwareguru answers:

Run your anti-spyware in Safe Mode.If you dont have an excellent anti-spyware or your current anti-spyware can’t prevent spyware from Invading you computer,download a better one.
There are top 5 anti-spywares reviews,comparisons and download links on

You can download and scan your computer for free.

As the computer is booting press your “F8 Key” repeatly which should bring up the “Windows Advanced Options Menu” . Use your arrow keys to move to “Safe Mode” and press your Enter key.

After into safe mode,run an anti-spyware to remove the spyware and adware on you computer.

Make sure you have 1 or 2 antispyware on your computer and 1 antivirus and also 1 firewall.


Donna asks…

What’s the best Anti-virus software free and for a price?

I would like to know which anti-virus software I should get. So if someone could post a link to the best free and best for a price I would appreciate it. I would also like find out the same information about anti-spyware and other software that will help keep my computer clean and free of anything I wouldn’t want on it. I only know a little about computers so if there’s another kind of software please let me know.

softwareguru answers:

Try a online antivirus scanner and a online anti-adware/malware/spyware scanner in safe mode with network to clean up your computer BEFORE you download anything. This because the program you download can get infected.

Disable “System Restore” for Windows Me and XP, then restart your PC to clean your system restore points for viruses, spyware, adware etc.

Now restart in safe mode.
To get in safe mode Press “F8” upon bootup.
Select “Safe mode with Networking”.
Go to Start – Run – type iexplore Enter(ok).
Do a full system scan. If something is found, delete it, reboot and do the same again in safe mode with network.
When that scan does not find anything you reboot again in safe mode with network.
Go to Start – Run – type iexplore Enter(ok).
Do a full system scan. If something is found, delete it, reboot and do the same again in safe mode with network.

**NOTE: Do NOT do anything else with your computer when scanning. This because you can start virus/adware/spyware/malware manually.

When no one of these scanners are showing anything you can reboot back to normal mode.
Turn on “System Restore”.

Online virus, adware and spyware removal.
You need to get one antivirus program, one firewall and some spyware/adware/malware removers if you don’t have it.
I use Norton Internet Security (antivirus, spyware, firewall, add blocker, mail spamfilter, pop up blocker etc) Ad Aware, Spybot and more on my desktop running XP Home SP2 with Firefox and Yahoo Toolbar with pop up blocker.
On my laptop i have Ubuntu 7.04. No security needed in Linux, but i use antivirus and firewall. Firefox is standard.
I have no virus, spyware, adware, pop ups etc on my computers.
Mozilla Firefox and Opera are safer browsers to use then Internet Explorer.

Here are some free programs.
BitDefender Anti-Virus Free.
Avast Anti-Virus Free.
AVG Anti-Virus Free.
Avast Virus Cleaner – free virus removal tool.

Firewall Protection.
ZoneAlarm Firewall Free.
Easy-to-use firewall blocks hackers and other unknown threats.
* Systematically identifies hackers and blocks access attempts.
Automatically makes your computer invisible to anyone on the Internet.
Use ZoneAlarm if you normally use Windows Firewall.
Disable Windows Firewall after downloading ZoneAlarm if it’s not done automatically.

Ad-Aware 2007 Free.
Ad-Aware 2007 Free remains the most popular anti-spyware product for computer users around the world, with nearly one million downloads every week. Our free anti-spyware version provides you with advanced protection against spyware that secretly attaches and takes control of your computer, resulting in aggressive advertising pop-ups, sluggish computer activity, even identity theft through stolen bank details, passwords, and credit card account numbers. If you want real-time scanning capabilities, consider upgrading to Ad-Aware 2007 Plus for real-time protection against spyware, all the time.

SUPERAntiSpyware Free.

AVG Anti-spyware Free.

Spybot – Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven’t intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been “hijacked” (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don’t see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there’s no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

AVG Anti-Rootkit Free.
AVG Anti-Rootkit is a powerful tool with state-of-the-art technology for detection and removal of rootkits. Rootkits are used to hide the presence of a malicious object like Trojans or keyloggers on your computer. If a threat uses rootkit technology to hide itself it is very hard to find the malware on your PC. AVG Anti-Rootkit gives you the power to find and delete the rootkit and to uncover the threat the rootkit is hiding.

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it’s fast and contains NO spyware or adware.

ClearAllHistory – clears browser history, cache, cookies, clipboard and remove other computer activity tracks.

**NOTE: Only have one antivirus program and one firewall installed on your computer.
Anti-adware/malware/spyware are ok to have more of.

Also scan with online scanners sometimes.

Also run Windows Updata
and defragmet you harddisk(s).
How To Analyze and Defragment a Disk in Windows XP

Hope this is helpful.
Good luck.

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Your Questions About Anti Spyware Software Download

Posted by softwareguru on July 31, 2014

Paul asks…

Which Antivirus is good AVG 9 or Avira or Norton & Can any abody suggest me a good and free Anti-spyware?

I have AVG 9, Avira & Norton the antivirus (all are Home eddition) so can any provide me that which antivirus is best for Windows Xp Professional Eddtion?
Also provide me the free and good AntiSpyware with the Download Link.


softwareguru answers:

When i have a question abt a anti-spyware software i always visit:
there they have listed allmost all the softwares, their features, and comparisions to other related substitutes

the best anti-spyware i av seen yet is webroot spyware. Its lite and really fast plus very effective. First in topten list of above site. U can get all of its features on the site.

Have a nice NO spyware day!

Chris asks…

how do i get rid of spyware and trojan files?

so today my computer was acting wired. my wall paper is blank. computer is really slow. i cannot connected to the internet. this checking thing that i have on the computer tells me that i have spyware and 173 trojan files. i know that i need some anti spyware and anti virus but how can i download it when the computer doesnt connect to the internet. is it possilbe to download it in another computer then send it to the bad one? i am using my laptop at the moment.

softwareguru answers:

Download Spybot! Spybot Search and Destroy is free and really cleans up a lot of spyware….Spy ware is easy to pick up…..but a quick question…do you have an Anti-Virus program running? Never go on the internet without some protection….but even with that, it is easy to accumulate spyware…..usually people download free games and such and that is the end of it….spyware city!
Download Spybot…get the latest defenitions and run it!
It may take 30 minutes to run…but at the end, it will build a list of spyware that it detected, and clean it up.
If Spybot cannot clean it try AD Aware…..if that cannot do it, then your best bet is a reload….because in most cases..if it is so resistant and you have so much spyware comming back all the will never be sure if you are 100% clean…a reload would help….Do you have backups of your documents and such?
Rule of Thumb
Make backups at least one a month….one a week if it has data that changes all the time (My home pc is just not that important)

Scan for spyware every week (Spybot would be my choice)
Scan for Viruses…full scan every week

If you do not have a firewall with your virus software, make sure Windows Firewall is turned on (IF you have XP or Vista)

Make sure your Security Patches for your operating system is up to date (set yourself up for automatic updates)

Defrag your disks and run check disk ever two weeks.

If you follow these rules…chances are your PC will remain pretty healthy!

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Your Questions About Malware Removal Free

Posted by softwareguru on July 31, 2014

Ken asks…

How can i get rid of the personal security virus/scam from my computer?

I have tried downloading various free virus scans but they are all blocked. I have tried putting them on a memory stick from another computer but the virus blocks the use of it. I have been advised to change the name of the file I am downloading but i don’t know how to. I am desperate. Please, all advice gratefully received.

softwareguru answers:

Bleeping Computer Personal Security (Uninstall Guide)
Malwarebytes’ Personal Security Removal Guide
Microsoft How to Get Rid of Malware
RKill – What it does and What it Doesn’t – A brief introduction to the program
Malwarebytes’ Tutorial
SUPERAntiSpyware Tutorial

Mary asks…

What is some good free adware/spyware etc detection and removal software?

Adaware is so ridiculously slow! I always used to use it but surely theres a better free tool by now?

softwareguru answers:

Adaware is not really that good compared to other free ones available. I used it for about a day before I uninstalled it and seeked an alternative.

I would recommend Spybot S&D. It offers real-time protection and it doesn’t take too long to scan.

Another good one is SUPERAntiSpyware. I am pretty sure that you have to pay an upgrade to get the real-time protection on this one.

And last, but not least, Malwarebytes’.

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Your Questions About Virus Protection For Mac

Posted by softwareguru on July 31, 2014

Ruth asks…

I think I got a clickjacking virus. Will this affect my computer, or just my Facebook?

If it will affect my computer, is there a free virus protection thing that I can get for a Mac?
Yeah, it is on my Facebook, because I’ll see random pages that I didn’t “like” on my newsfeed, and I didn’t put them there. My computer’s not acting weird at all, but I thought it’d be best to ask since I don’t know much about the virus.

softwareguru answers:

I thought Macs were immune to viruses…


Just kidding, but I’m serious. Anyway, it wouldn’t affect your Facebook account; Facebook profiles don’t get viruses. What makes you think your computer is actually infected?

Edit: That sounds to me like someone else is actually using your account, not that it has some sort of infection on it. Change your password ASAP.

James asks…

What are the best types of laptops for a new college student?

Ok so I’m heading off to college and before I go I obviously need the essential laptop. I’m mainly looking at Dells and HP’s. I’ve worked on Mac‘s and realized that I don’t really like them and I’m also thinking about looking at Sony’s. But I really don’t know which is the best.Also what are the other things that I need to buy to go along with it? [virus protection, spy blocker, which edition of Windows?]

softwareguru answers:

I actually have a MacBook BUT I think Thinkpads (made by Lenovo, originally by IBM) are more reliable.

In fact, Macs seem to have the best customer service, but also have a lot of technical problems. Thinkpads don’t come with great service, but they tend to have fewer issues by far than any other brand.

Then again, if your college has computer labs, you might see if you can save a few hundred bucks by not buying a laptop right away. Try that out for a while and if you still need one then go for it.

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