Your Questions About Anti Spyware Software Cnet

Posted by softwareguru on August 21, 2014

Susan asks…

Are AntiSpywareBOT and spyzooka reliable and safe programs to remove malicious programs and viruses?

My Norton subscription just expired and their packages seemed a bit expensive and I’ve heard there are better and least expensive (even free) anti-spy/anti-virus programs to use. I also heard that some of these programs are wolves in sheeps clothing – spyware themselves. Just part of my research – thanks.

softwareguru answers:

AntiSpywareBOT and Spyzooka are, as you suspected, both rogue programs. Don’t download them.

I advise using Avira AntiVir (the best free anti-virus at the moment) combined with Ad-Aware Anti-Spyware (which has a live protection moudle in its free version) and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (which you can use as a back-up program and scanner).

You can also use Comodo Firewall Free to replace the Windows one, or use Comodo Internet Security (which has the Comodo Firewall and anti-virus) along with Ad-Aware.

Avira –

Ad-Aware –

Malwarebytes –

Comodo Firewall –

Comodo Internet Security –

Either set-up will give you very good protction, for free.

I hope this helps
Good luck

EDIT: Rry, you need to check the reliability of your sources. Your links security rating:

Sharon asks…

How do I check my computer for a virus? I had Norton antivirus that expired. What now?

My computer is slow and seems to stall in surges. I am fairly new to this and when I bought my computer they installed Norton anti-virus, but it expired and I haven’t replaced it What is the next thing I should do?

softwareguru answers:

There is no one BEST program for everyone and no single program can protect against all infections! Each person’s individual computer usage is completely different. Some folks download illegal programs and music, which exposes them to more infections than any other behavior. Some folks only read their email and do some light surfing.

Because usage is different, the appropriate software is different for everyone.

Here is a list of FREE programs that do their job well, for various security tasks. Most of the time, several programs are necessary to maintain a full range of security/protection against viruses, trojans, worms, etc. You can check for yourself at and search for any software you like. You will see Editor and Consumer reviews – and read them yourself to determine if they fit your needs.

There is a safe site, with software reviews by both the editors and users at Most of the following programs can be downloaded from there.

-AVG by Grisoft
Any *one* of these would probably work well for you! Read the reviews to be sure.

Since NONE of the anti-spyware/anti-adware programs are 100 percent accurate in finding and removing spyware, you need *at least* two programs which you will run one after the other, not at the same time.

There are several excellent free ones:
-Spybot, Search and Destroy
-Spyware Blaster

-Online Armor
-Sunbelt Personal Firewall (formerly Kerio)
-Zone Alarm



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