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October 27, 2004 6:02:42 AM

Please post your recommendations for the best Spyware and Adware combating /protection applications. I'm currently using:

- Windows XP SP1
- Norton Antivirus
- Zone Alarm firewall
- Ad-aware 6.0

I was considering also using Spybot S&D, but have heard mixed reviews. Would definitely consider purchasing apps if they are consdierably better and are sold by a reputable company.

Any advice appreciated.
October 27, 2004 4:07:32 PM

I always put the spybot & adaware combo on spyware troubled comps. I've never had any issues with them.
If you really want spyware protection setup a linux machine with a filtering proxy, it works good :) 

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October 27, 2004 9:06:52 PM

I run the free versions of both.
Works for me.

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October 28, 2004 12:47:09 AM

No app can handle everything, so in order to do that, you'll have to have every app on planet to handle all the things that are out there.

After trying many softz, I'm using nothing but ZA, AntiVir Guard and Spybot S&D now (all free) and never had any issues while using them (had Blank Page thingy before used any spybots, had to clean it manually, caz no proggy could do it anyway, now using S&D no issues so far). And if you wish to be protected even more, get a Firefox for troubled sites, it will keep your PC protected a little longer, while there are not much things that are written for it yet ;) 

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October 28, 2004 1:48:44 AM

I'll tell you what I use ... then give you a link to a good Secutity Forum "Tutorial":

<A HREF="http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html" target="_new">Spybot-S&D</A>

<A HREF="http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/" target="_new">Ad-Aware SE Personal</A>

<A HREF="http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html" target="_new">SpywareBlaster 3.2</A>

After your d/l and install all 3 - run the updates immediately ... then run the Spybot and Ad-Aware scans ... SpywareBlaster is a "blocker" ...

This is an excellent forum tutorial: <A HREF="http://www.security-forums.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14..." target="_new">Groovicus’ Guide to Simple P.C. Security</A>

Good luck ...

Let me add <A HREF="http://www.softpedia.com/public/cat/10/17/10-17-150.sht..." target="_new">CWShredder™</A>




<b> ...more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol - W.C. Fields </b><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Jake_Barnes on 10/27/04 09:56 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
October 28, 2004 9:02:44 PM

It would help if you made your links "clickable", like this:

<A HREF="http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=33&t..." target="_new">Link</A>

You'll find the instructions in the FAQ section on your left > under html ...




<b> ...more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol - W.C. Fields </b>
October 29, 2004 11:05:09 AM

Just an added note. CWShredder has changed hands, is still free ... so if you are running an older version - update now, d/l the newest version and run ... there are a lot of articles on why out there.



<b> ...more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol - W.C. Fields </b>
November 5, 2004 12:12:49 AM

Both Spybot and Ad-Aware work well, and are free. I started using Spy Sweeper - http://www.webroot.com/products/spysweeper/
a while back and love it. For $30 you get all that the other 2 do plus added protection - "Only Spy Sweeper features Active Shield technology, which stops spyware before it infects your PC. Deep scans root out and quarantine the trickiest programs" as it says in their ad. After running Spy Sweeper I would run the others to double check. The other two would find nothing else infecting the pc. Yes, free is good, but for the more in-depth scanning and the ability to stop the infection before it roots is worth the money.

For it is not what is seen, but what is not seen. :eek: 
November 5, 2004 12:49:19 PM

Hang on dude ... let's review this tutorial: <A HREF="http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm" target="_new">Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites</A>

I think using a combination of <b>free</b> programs ... and especially adding the <b>free</b> program from Javacool (the SpywareBlaster people) ... will give u excellent protection without spending your $30 ... but it's your money.

<b>My recommendations: Spybot, Ad-Aware SE, SpywareBlaster, SpywareGuard, and CWShredder.</b> I run all of them and haven't had one piece of spyware hit my system in many months ... I may even add "HijackThis!".

But this is what's said about the 2 <b>free</b> javacool products:

Quote:
SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard are excellent, free programs from JavaCool. I recommend installing and using both, as they protect your computer in different ways. SpywareBlaster "inoculates" your Internet Explorer browser against the installation of unwanted spyware and adware from the internet. SpywareGuard actively monitors your PC and prevents spyware infestations. Both are easy to install and update.

I don't think you need to shell out $30 when <b>Free</b> seems to be working well ...



<b> ...more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol - W.C. Fields </b>
November 11, 2004 1:46:16 AM

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<b> ...more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol - W.C. Fields </b>
November 21, 2004 5:55:21 PM

Here's a link to an excellent forum for Spyware and other malware issues and a list of "Tools": <A HREF="http://spywarewarrior.com/viewtopic.php?t=2958" target="_new"> Malware Removal Tools and Programs</A>


<b> ...more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol - W.C. Fields </b>
November 21, 2004 6:35:09 PM

Good posts Jake, but damn, it sux to have to run 6 programs, even tho free, to rid or feel protected from spyware, and that is not even counting your firewall and anti-virus software.
Unbelievable.

BTW, I run SpyBot S&D and LavaSoft Adaware

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November 21, 2004 7:05:34 PM

Rich, if you want to feel really paranoid, go to <A HREF="http://spywarewarrior.com/index.php" target="_new">Spyware Warrior Forums</A> and read what these "pros" recommend ... my progms are a minimum ...

Edit: I have both a software and hardware (router) firewall ... I'm not paranoid ... am I?





<b> ...more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol - W.C. Fields </b>
December 13, 2004 11:59:37 PM

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<b> ...more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol - W.C. Fields </b>
December 14, 2004 12:28:37 AM

I agree!
December 14, 2004 12:34:17 AM

Good info Jake!
December 16, 2004 8:06:41 PM

A lot of programs that you have to pay for have stolen spybot and incorporated into their own. So you are getting the same thing but at cost!
December 16, 2004 9:11:59 PM

If this was a month ago, I'd agree with you. Howver, after multiple runs of Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware SE, Hijack This, CWShredder and virus scans, this one computer STILL would get re-infected and show pop-ups galore. Now, I'm not sure what this particular piece of crapware is, but it is also able to modify the hosts file... even after it has been made read-only. With Spy Sweeper, a single scan found this crapware and removed it permanently (finally).

There is something to be said for paying for software sometimes.

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December 16, 2004 11:53:20 PM

Zoron ... I'll keep that in mind should I ever visit such places that I acquire some nasties like you describe ... but so far, I'm spyware/adware clean (100%) for almost 4 months now ... and plan to say that way ... btw, P2P is one of the principal ways you get these things ... but I suspect you know that already ...

(btw - did you disable System Restore before you cleaned before ... a lot of the re-infections come from not cleaning out those things hiding in the restore points you may have on your system ...)



<b> ...more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol - W.C. Fields </b>
February 3, 2005 12:30:46 AM

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<b> ...more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol - W.C. Fields </b>
April 5, 2005 1:00:29 AM

The April 2005 issue of PC World Magazine features an article that is centered around a comparison of ten antispyware programs. CounterSpy and Spy Sweeper led the field in terms of real-time protection and other features. Spybot S&D had the third-best results. The newly acquired AntiSpyware by Microsoft was not included in the comparisons, but was tested nonetheless. Its signatures were the most up-to-date, so it wouldn't have been a fair comparison. This tells me that AntiSpyware comes highly regarded by the PC World author.

One thing to note is that Sunbelt Software's CounterSpy was in a partnership with Giant, the former owner of Microsoft's AntiSpyware. Prior to the change in ownership, a legal agreement between Giant and Sunbelt has resulted in Windows Updates not only updating AntiSpyware, but also CounterSpy. I got this info from the Sunbelt Software website.

Have any of you tried CounterSpy, and what do you think of it? Also, what is your opinion of Microsoft's AntiSpyware?

I myself am currently evaluating this product to see if it is worth my $$$. The pricing actually doesn't seem to be outrageous either. $20 for the first year of update subscriptions, then $9.98 for each additional year of updates. Not a bad deal.

Up till now, I've been using Ad-Aware SE Personal, Spybot S&D 1.3, Spyware Blaster 3.3, and Microsoft AntiSpyware. Additionally, I use Mozilla's Firefox as my default browser and refrain from the "too-good-to-be-true" offers (from websites) that almost always end up placing all sorts of adware/spyware on your computer. Luckily for me, those "FREE" games you play online do not tempt me one bit, so that's another reason my computers rarely ever see spyware.
April 5, 2005 1:02:32 AM

Oh, and when the situation calls for them: HijackTHIS and CWShredder. On occasion, I also have use for KazaaBegone.
April 5, 2005 12:02:30 PM

I've had arguments with many re Counterspy ... it is in fact a byproduct from Giant ... now owned by Microsoft. Seems to me if they both use the same engine ... and all updates come from M$ (by contractual agreement) - then the free one (albet, Beta) would be similar to the paid version. I'm doing a free 30 day trial of Webroot Spy Sweeper - but so far it hasn't found anything (I keep my machine clean). Don't think I'll be paying for any anti-spyware apps ... too many good free ones to chose from ... and you need several.

Note: Counterspy does work with Win98 and ME ... M$ only with XP.



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April 6, 2005 1:32:47 AM

When Spy Sweeper was free, it was deployed at many of the schools in my area. Because it is no longer free, its use has dwindled greatly. What I will say though is that it did wonders for many of the schools that installed this program. Our school system has some filters in place, but many do not. As a result, most of the work orders we fill are either problems with internet/network connectivity or computers filled with adware, spyware, viruses, trojans, and so on. We are currently looking into a consolidated solution that can be deployed through the WAN, but that will all depend on the best offer from the most effective tool(s).

In any case, CounterSpy certainly has the same look and feel as MS AntiSpyware, and that makes sense, since Giant and Sunbelt were partnered together. I think I read somewhere that sometime this year, possibly July, MS AntiSpyware will no longer be a free product. If the pricing scheme is more expensive than CounterSpy's, then I would most likely lean more towards purchasing subscriptions from CounterSpy. As I said earlier, it seems to be a really good deal.

Heh...CounterSpy just completed an Intelligent Scan. It found a freakin' keylogger on my computer from a scanner driver I unwittingly installed on my system. Wonderful. And yet, wonderful! It's been quarantined, and you can bet that I will be uninstalling that driver...
April 6, 2005 1:35:09 AM

Will ya look at that. With the last post, I graduated from "newbie" to "journeyman."

I think I'll go have some Popeye's to celebrate! ;D
April 6, 2005 2:25:11 PM

One word of caution ... I've read in several security forums that counterspy produces a bunch of false positives ... some were even saying that CS deleted some essential windows files - don't know, don't use it. Bill Gates has said publicly that antispyware will remain free ...


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April 8, 2005 2:34:01 AM

In all the scans I've run using CounterSpy, the only instances of spyware that were found (so far) were cookies and that one keylogger from the scanner driver I downloaded and installed.

Those false-positives are definitely a good heads-up. Thanks, I'll see if any such instances arise.
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