Your Questions About Anti Spyware Software Definition

Posted by softwareguru on September 6, 2014

Donna asks…

Too many anti-virus programs?

I was just doing maintenance on my dad’s laptop and noticed that he’s got MSE, Ad-Aware and AVG Free 2012 installed on his computer. Isn’t that a little redundant, as running multiple anti-virus programs can cause problems for a computer. Which ones should he uninstall? I use AVG on my computer without problems, so I’m thinking that one.

softwareguru answers:

You are right about only using one anti-virus program at a time, but ad-aware is NOT an anti-virus program, it is to stop adware / spyware amd malware, most anti-virus programs don’t stop that kind of malicious software and even the antiviirus software that does only detects 5-10% of adware type threats.

Also anti-virus software does NOT detect all virus’s some software will miss what others detect, it also depends on how up to date the definitions are

Sandy asks…

New laptop, what anti spyware and anti virus software should I download?

I have norton and noadware but i want to have completely free ones that will work. what software should I download to protect my computer from spyware AND which one should I download for viruses?
Should I get rid of the norton & noadware? Which ones do they protect?

softwareguru answers:

Remove Norton with Norton Removal Tool:
http://service1.symantec.com/Support/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2005033108162039
Select your product version and follow on screen instructions.

Remove Noadware with RevoUninstaller:
http://www.download.com/Revo-Uninstaller/3000-2096_4-10687648.html?part=dl-RevoUnins&subj=uo&tag=button&cdlPid=10854684

It’s faster and better than add / remove applet.
When you run it highlight the item then select uninstall in next window select Advanced and click Next, follow prompts when uninstalled it will scan registry and drive for leftover files / folders,click + sign to expand all results and tick ONLY the bold items and follow prompts.

Many will say AVG, but I disagree and will say that up to V7.5 it was good, but V8 uses too many resources and catches less viruses.
I prefer Avast anti-virus which better definitions, anti-spyware and anti-rootkit built in, faster and more reliable:
http://www.download.com/Avast-Home-Edition/3000-2239_4-10019223.html?part=dl-AvastHome&subj=dl&tag=button&cdlPid=10852750
Setup Guide:
http://tinyurl.com/5lxy24
AV Comparison:
http://www.av-test.org/
http://www.av-comparatives.org/
http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-compare-home-professional.html
http://free.avg.com/ww.download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?hhTest=1.
Download, install, update and select Full Scan.
Remove all infections that it finds after scan.

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition:
http://www.download.com/SUPERAntiSpyware-Free-Edition/3000-8022_4-10523889.html
Download, install, check for updates, then select Scan your Computer, select your drive and select Perform Complete Scan

Spybot S&D:
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
Download, install, update and Immunize, turn off Tea Timer then click ‘Check for problems’ then when complete select all and then ‘Fix Checked’
Open Spybot, click on Mode, select Advanced, click on Tools then Resident and untick Resident ‘Tea Timer’
Do NOT untick Resident ‘SD Helper’ as that is your protection.

A-Squared Free:
http://www.download.com/A-squared-Free/3000-2239_4-10262215.html
This is not a limited version but a full tool to clean your computer from Malware, Spyware, Trojans, Backdoors, Worms, Dialers and Keyloggers.
How to use:
Download, install and it will ask to check for updates, which should be allowed and will take a few minutes initially, it will then restart the program for updates to take effect. Click on Scan and ensure deep Scan is selected then click the Scan button.

Comodo BO Clean:
http://www.comodo.com/boclean/CBO_download.html
Simply download and install, follow instructions on screen.
Go here to see what it protects you against:
http://www.comodo.com/boclean/trolist.html

SnoopFree Privacy Shield which is not another scanner product. It’s a powerful shield that guards your keyboard, screen and open windows from all spy software. The way it works makes it virtually impossible for any spy program to work on your computer:
http://www.snoopfree.com/default.htm

KeyScrambler which encrypts everything that you type in including credit card numbers etc.
Http://www.download.com/KeyScrambler-Personal/3000-2144_4-10571274.html

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