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jamesg35
05-20-2010, 8:04 PM
can anyone suggest a good free spyware protection , i have the one from time warner its not so great.


Thanks James

CaMakarovnik
05-20-2010, 8:18 PM
If you are running Windows, I hear good things about Microsoft's free download of Security Essentials.

Rem222
05-20-2010, 8:21 PM
I use AVG free... http://free.avg.com/ww-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free

and

Spybot S&D http://www.safer-networking.org/index2.html

Cokebottle
05-20-2010, 8:28 PM
I use AVG free... http://free.avg.com/ww-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free

and

Spybot S&D http://www.safer-networking.org/index2.html
Ditto.

Lavasoft AdAware is also pretty good... it catches stuff that Spybot misses and vice versa.

Don't spend the money on the pay version (of either Adaware or AVG)... they're both bloatware.... not as bad as Norton... but still a very noticeable performance hit on a 2Ghz 32 bit machine.

CSDGuy
05-20-2010, 8:30 PM
Spybot and Malwarebytes can kill almost any malware (other than viruses and trojans) that I've ever gotten.

fdbizzle
05-20-2010, 10:33 PM
I've tried using spyware but I just got more frustrated w/ most apps being utterly useless. I just use avast and installed adblock on chrome/firefox. Just use common sense and don't open/run random things

berto
05-20-2010, 10:44 PM
AVG or Avast

audiophil2
05-21-2010, 5:52 AM
Eset

Seahawk
05-21-2010, 6:01 AM
GAWD...DON'T use AVG for virus protection. It has the potential to eventually lock up your OS and you'll have to re-install Windows. To answer your question about SPYWARE, I agree that SPYBOT is about the best for free spyware protection. PC Magazine recommends it and it is what I use. AVAST (free) is what I run for anti-virus. It has saved my computer many times. You also may want to consider CCLEANER (also free and recommended by PC Magazine) to run your recurring cleanups and keep your registry operating smoothly. Hope this helps. http://www.filehippo.com/download_spybot_search_destroy/

jamesg35
05-21-2010, 4:28 PM
Thanks for the info.

James:)

i1800collect
05-21-2010, 4:41 PM
Hope this helps. http://www.filehippo.com/download_spybot_search_destroy/

Here is Spybot S&D's site. Please download it from them and if you find it helpful, consider donating to help support them for their hard work.

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/donate/index.html

Likewise, here is CCleaner's site. The download is also free, please consider donating to help support their hard work too.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

For virus protection, I use ESET NOD32. It's not free, but it's by far the best anti-virus I've used. It's very lightweight, isn't annoying, and works.

PonchoTA
05-21-2010, 6:06 PM
I'm using CCleaner, Spybot and AdAware once a week for touch ups.

I did have Comodo for my personal firewall, but started having a lot of problems with reloading it after my system slowed down for some reason.
Now I use Online Armor for my firewall, and it's kicking ***!

I also have Avira for my anti-virus scanner and monitor. So far, great response.

Using Firefox for my browser with Adblock+.

No nasties in years.

I have heard nothing but great things about Malwarebytes, so I will have to give that a whirl too!

hth


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doubledgarage
05-25-2010, 10:53 AM
I think one feature of Vista/7 that has been greatly overlooked is UAC.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/72/User_Account_Control.png

Whenever you see UAC popup, double check what you're doing and/or what program is requesting for permissions. If you're on some pr0n site and UAC is requesting permission, chances are, it's spyware. If you're installing some legitimate software and UAC is requesting permission, it's probably legitimate.

I tend to disable real-time scanning of viruses on my computers (for speed considerations) and rely on UAC to red-flag any malware.

freonr22
05-25-2010, 11:03 AM
I crashed my 64bit vista ultimate last july, was on the phone with microsoft for 4 hrs. they has me install Malwarebytes, spybot, and ccleaner. fyi

2DoorImpala
05-25-2010, 3:32 PM
Malwarebytes is awesome, i have an extra code, to unlock demo to full version

ID=1KR66
KEY=3C0V-V8VF-W69A-DEXN

freonr22
05-25-2010, 3:35 PM
Malwarebytes is awesome, i have an extra code, to unlock demo to full version

ID=1KR66
KEY=3C0V-V8VF-W69A-DEXN

its invalid (or someonelse already got it.) who is in your avatar?

ElvenSoul
05-25-2010, 3:40 PM
First step don't use Explorer for browsing.

freonr22
05-25-2010, 3:43 PM
Malwarebytes is awesome, i have an extra code, to unlock demo to full version

ID=1KR66
KEY=3C0V-V8VF-W69A-DEXN


COOL! I TYPED O INSTEAD OF 0!! THANKS

i1800collect
05-25-2010, 4:04 PM
I think one feature of Vista/7 that has been greatly overlooked is UAC.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/72/User_Account_Control.png

Whenever you see UAC popup, double check what you're doing and/or what program is requesting for permissions. If you're on some pr0n site and UAC is requesting permission, chances are, it's spyware. If you're installing some legitimate software and UAC is requesting permission, it's probably legitimate.

I tend to disable real-time scanning of viruses on my computers (for speed considerations) and rely on UAC to red-flag any malware.

I absolutely hate(d) UAC. It was one of the reasons I went back to XP after trying Vista right after it was released. It would pop up pretty much every time I tried to do anything on the computer. I found the constant nagging and pausing incredibly annoying.

I am very happy there is an option to completely disable it in Windows 7.

2DoorImpala
05-25-2010, 4:07 PM
its invalid (or someonelse already got it.) who is in your avatar?

Boxxy

2DoorImpala
05-25-2010, 4:10 PM
So far this combo has worked for me,

Norton 2010 with fullprotection on, Malwaybytes with the option to auto block websites and images coming from malicious sites. Also Each week I run a scan with Spybot and CC.

Norton runs scans while my PC is on standby each night.

dunndeal
05-25-2010, 4:12 PM
We have 32 bit Windows XP, I recently downloaded Microsoft Security Essentials and it seems to be working.

Tacom
05-25-2010, 5:02 PM
Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D are what I use. I have them there but rarely have a need for them because of Firefox + Noscript

Rhythm of Life
05-25-2010, 7:06 PM
Avast is best. Don't rely on UAC, its better to just get Avast and turn that crap off, get annoying IMO.



Boxxy

http://i49.tinypic.com/9ga34w.png

Marlin Hunter
06-02-2010, 5:41 PM
http://www.filehippo.com/download_superantispyware/

click on the green box on the top left. Its free

JDay
06-02-2010, 7:16 PM
I absolutely hate(d) UAC. It was one of the reasons I went back to XP after trying Vista right after it was released. It would pop up pretty much every time I tried to do anything on the computer. I found the constant nagging and pausing incredibly annoying.

I am very happy there is an option to completely disable it in Windows 7.

You could disable it in Vista too, however its good to leave it enabled since it does offer more protection. Also doesn't pop up nearly as much in 7 as it did in Vista.

Ricky-Ray
06-03-2010, 12:09 PM
I use spybot and spywareblaster in addition to Firefox for browsing. For antivirus I use AVG. I've also installed Window's Defender and for the past several years I have not had issues with any of the machines I have at home.

The main thing is you have to make sure you've got the lastest updates for spybot and spywareblaster otherwise it will be useless. Window's Defender and AVG automatically update when your computer connects to the internet.

I have 5 machines at home (all used by different people) all running XP and all configured with AVG, Spybot, Spywareblaster, Firefox and Window's Defender and no major issues.