Your Questions About Anti Spyware Software Cnet

Posted by softwareguru on August 8, 2014

Steven asks…

What should I buy/download to protect my pc from viruses, spyware, etc.?

The Geek Squad sold me something that blocks me from programs and sites I want to go to. I need a good anti virus/anti spyware/enamelwaree. Should I buy Ad-Aware Pro from LavaSoft? Should I donate to get protection from Spybot?

softwareguru answers:

Avast! Free Antivirus
It is one of the best Antivirus out there. You can read for yourself the reviews that are given to it. It is free but works better then any paid Antivirus.
Read some of the reviews here: (you can google and find a lot more)

These are just Some of its Features:
1. Antivirus and anti-spyware engine
2. Real time anti-rootkit protection
3. Boot-time scanner
4. Behavior Shield
5. File System Shield
5. Mail Shield
7. Web Shield
8. P2P Shield
9. IM Shield
10. Network Shield
11. Potentially unwanted programs detection
12. Smart virus definition updates
13. Fast application of updates
14. Silent/Gaming Mode

Another good Antivirus is

Avira AntiVir Personal
1.Extensive Malware Recognition of viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, worms, etc.
2.Automatic incremental updates of antivirus signatures, engine and entire software
3.Permanent virus protection, with Virus Guard real time monitoring
4.Install and configuration in just a couple of steps, setup to protect your PC in minutes
5.Virus protection against known and unknown threats, using an advanced heuristic system
6.Scheduler where you can set the scanner to make automatic virus scans or updates on your system

Donna asks…

What computer protection software you use?

I tried norton but I didn’t liked it. Now I’m using spyware doctor. Its good but I was wondering is there something better

softwareguru answers:

You need both Anti-Virus and Anti-Spy/Malware solutions. Not all products cover all of these areas so you need to pick and choose to get COMPLETE coverage. Most of the FREE products need the PAID upgrade to get the more complete coverage features, both anti-virus and anti-malware features.

RATED ABOVE AVERAGE: Avira, Avast, BitDefender, F-Secure, eScan

NOTE: Those products that reported higher “false positives” received a more negative weighting in the final results even though they may have detected a high-percentage of malware, etc…

As to the FREE products, Avira’s Antivir has a detection rate of over 99%, includes “root-kit” protection, and uses less system resources. Avast detection rate is around 97.8% and includes “root-kit” protection. Avast Anti-Virus is good if people suggest that, Avira is just slightly better.

Many people praise AVG, but AVG’s detection rate is less than 85% for Script Malware and General Malware, and does NOT include “root-kit” protection in the FREE version…plus, slower scan speeds and a higher number of “false positives”.

A good FREE mix could be Avira and Malwarebytes, with McAfee Site Advisor (FREE) installed as well.

Or, a good BUY/FREE mix could be Kaspersky and AdAware (or Malwarebytes), with McAfee Site Advisor.


For your spy/malware solution:

Free – Malwarebytes – Good at removing malware, and acting as a back-up program and scanner.:

Free – Ad-Aware – Anti-spyware program that, unlike other free anti-spyware packages, has a live-protection module:

Also, after everything is fixed, download (FREE) and install McAfee Site Advisor. Site Advisor updates you on approved sites (as you surf and google) that have been previously verified: McAfee Site Advisor:

Finally, I recommend Secunia PSI (free). Secunia actively monitors all of your software and its latest patches to make sure you are up-to-date with the latest security patches on your computer (Firefox, Adobe, Flash, etc…):

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