Best spyware program?

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  1. ce-tyler

    ce-tyler New Member

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    what is the best anti spyware program im a fan on adaware and spy bot but recently ive had a big proble and they wernt doing there job.. i recently cracked a copy of spyware docter and it seemed to remove all my problems and it was easy to use i preferiably want something free im curious to know what others are using
     
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    hijack this + myself.
     
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    I use spybot. And Ad-aware. I noticed Ad-aware Misses a lot that spybot picks up and so forth.
     
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    ya i also use hijack this but i dont play around with it to much cuz i dont know what im doing when it comes to registry file i know what they are and what the do but!!!!


    any others
     
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    I used Spybot and Ad-Aware about a year or more ago. Spy Sweeper is kicking the shiz out of just about every other one now. I actually registered it too. PC World has reviews on their web site about the programs.
     
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    That isn't an anti-spyware program in the sense. It's a glorified registry editor and nothing I'd recommend to anyone who didn't know the difference between a BHO entry and a registry key.
     
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    I'm running the beta 2 of Windows Defender and it works well for me. Then again, I almost never have any spyware problems.
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I use
    Spybot S&D along with Spywareblaster
    Adaware SE
    Zone alarm
    Pestpatrol - gets less false positives than *
    Norton
    Rootkit detector from Sysinternals

    I shut off some active x and downloads in IE
    and also use Firefox

    And if I run into a jam, I use hijack this also.
     
  9. et3rnul

    et3rnul OT Supporter

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    Defense:
    Zone Alarm Pro (they're spyware detection is pretty decent)
    AVG Anti-Virus + Ewido (both are excellent and free)

    Browser: Firefox
    Mail: Thunderbird

    + Don't download cracks ;)
    + Don't click on ads
    + Don't click "OK" or "YES" on pop ups unless you know why you are doing so.
    + Avoid porn sites (if you can help it)
     
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    You know the saying about "an ounce of prevention" vs "a pound of cure", I assume. Well, the best anti-malware is to not get it in the first place. That's pretty much where mozilla ff/tb (or other decent apps like opera) come in ..and a little common sense like not installing all kinds of crazy shit.

    As for actual removers, I couldn't even tell you anymore. It's been so long since I've needed to use that stuff. I've always had good experience with Ad-aware though. For AV, I use Symantec Corporate (when I'm in Windows anyway).
     
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    In recent tests they found the MS program to only detect 60-something per cent. Ad-Aware was just above that, Spybot was below. Norton, as far as I'm concerned is very lacking and spends more time being a CPU hog than anything. I ran Ewido against Spy Sweeper and Spy sweeper removed things Ewido never even found.

    I don't have those problems here. At work I clean spyware from PCs regularly and sometimes a few a day. So I have to know what works and what doesn't.
     
  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    With today's processor speeds being as fast as they are, no antispyware/virus program is going to be a resource hog.

    People used to say that about Norton ages ago. Most of the bad rap came from people on dial up who's computers would slow to a crawl while Norton was downloading the updates.

    But unless you are still on dial up, it's just not relevent anymore.
     
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    I say that about Norton now though. You have 6-8 TSRs that run every time Norton loads in Windoze. Take that and AO-Hell and it'll know any new PC to a P2 level. It's all CPU. I run into it weekly.
     
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    All of them catch something that the others don't.

    Use the following:
    HiJackThis, AdAware, Windows Defender, KaZaaBegone, Spybot

    Use them once a week and you'll be fine.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    My cpu useage never goes over 5% with norton running.
     
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    Hijack this isn't an anti-spyware program. And if you have to use that many programs to eliminate spyware you have bigger issues than shit on your computer.
     
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    Hijack this + myself as well. However, for a scanner Webroot's spysweeper seems to be the best in my opinion.
     
  18. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I used it for a while and it is good at finding spyware.
    The only problem I had with it was false positives.
    It showed a common screenshot program I have as being spyware.
     
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    Had the same issue, it thought my game "prey" was spyware, needless to say it deleted it and so did i.
     
  20. et3rnul

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    You think you don't have many spyware problems, until one of your scanners finds something. I thought that my parents' box was locked down tight, and used Ad-Aware at least once a week to check, with ZA Pro and AVG to help protect. I downloaded spy sweeper, and I was surprised to find a trojan. I looked up what it did and it kinda scared me cuz I dont know how long it was there. Apparently, it travels through email. My dad writes alot of emails with Outlook 2003, and now its a major concern. My advice is to have at least another program to help scan, just to be safe.

    On a side note, does anyone know a way that my dad can sync his PDA with his contacts on the PC, without using Outlook? (maybe another email client?)
     
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    i just use firefox and avoid downloader programs...i'll run adaware if i think something is fishy.

    then again i reload my system image once a month and do frequent backups
     
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    Since the contact are in Outlook, I kinda doubt you can take Outlook out of the equation.

    I never had false positives with Spy Sweeper, but then when it sweeps it only finds cookies. You have to understand more about what the program is doing before thinking the spyware program is the problem. :)
     
  23. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Same here. I use my screen capture program quite a bit to save all sorts of things from order forms to forum info.

    So I noticed right away that it had disabled the program and I deleted spysweeper just as fast.
     

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