Your Questions About Anti Spyware Software Definition

Posted by softwareguru on January 31, 2013

William asks…

the difference between Antiviruses and antospyware, antimalware?

since many people got confuse, about difference between amtiviruses and antispyware, anti-malware. Do you guys have a clear definition, and clarification?

softwareguru answers:

Hello steven25, has a good answer to your question:

Anti-virus programs scan for viruses and related malware by examining the files on your system for patterns of data that have been identified as being viruses. On some regular basis the database of patterns the programs use is updated to contain the latest information on known viruses.
“In short, you should have one each of all three.”

Anti-spyware programs monitor your system as you use it for behaviours that are known to be spyware-related. For example, an anti-spyware program might trap attempts to change your browser home page, or attempts to install software that starts automatically.

You take care steven

James asks…

Whats the difference between Anti malware, anti spyware and anti-virus?

I have malware-bytes anti malware is that good our does it cover everything to protect my computer? if you have a better suggestion please tell me.

softwareguru answers:

Let me begin with the definition of terms:

Malware (MALicious SoftWARE) is the umbrella term for software programs designed with or can be used for malicious intentions. This includes computer virus, worms, trojan horses, spyware, dishonest adware, scareware, crimeware, most rootkits, and other malicious and unwanted software or programs.

A computer virus is, like its natural equivalent, is designed to replicate itself. In computer terms virus copy themselves into other programs stored in a computer. Virus usually have a negative impact such as slowing a computer down or corrupting or deleting files. Modern computer virus are spread by email or through file sharing networks. As new virus are detected on a daily basis, the best defense is to use a regularly updated anti-virus software.

Spyware is a type of malware that damages your computer system. Spyware is NOT a computer virus in the traditional sense, but is unwanted and harmful nonetheless. It works by getting into your computer system for the purpose of taking partial control over your use, or collecting personal information without your knowledge. It often ends up on your computer after downloading and installing free software so be very careful what software you download, and which websites you download from.

Now to counter those threats, you will basically need an antivirus and an antispyware like these:
1. Anti-virus: (choose only one)
Avast or Avira

2. Antispyware: (choose only one)
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or SuperAntiSpyware

EDIT: I would like to clarify that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not an antivirus as you may think. It is only classified as an antispyware but may sometimes encroach the antivirus category. It is NOT a substitute for a real antivirus. That’s why I said that you still need an antivirus and an antispyware helping each other out.

You may choose to get a paid antivirus which offer 24-hour customer support but sometimes it’s not really necessary as the free version of their paid product, if they do have one, is just as effective provided that it also works in real-time, not on-demand.

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