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June 11, 2008 12:16:15 PM

I heard a lot of people talk about how spybot was a really good tool. What makes it so much better than any other tool. The Teatimer feature keeps popping up about 20 times on my computer. I mean it does a good job of detecting some threats, but is that it? Or does it have another trick up its sleeve?

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June 11, 2008 3:33:20 PM

Well, Windows Defender is free. Why would you need spybot search and destroy? Forget it.
June 11, 2008 3:37:33 PM

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Or does it have another trick up its sleeve?


I would call it user error. If you have a problem with the software, try using the help files to learn how to use the sofware.
June 11, 2008 9:38:23 PM

Teatimer is the worst part of Spybot, just disable it from the options. So long as you've got a decent anti-virus you don't need it.
June 11, 2008 9:55:48 PM

Dan515 said:
Teatimer is the worst part of Spybot, just disable it from the options. So long as you've got a decent anti-virus you don't need it.


So basically you are saying that the scanner is the part that counts? How is the backup feature?
June 12, 2008 11:06:31 AM

I've not had any trouble with Spybot S&D, but have never needed to reinstall spyware from the backup.

I have difficulty seeing the point of running real time protection though as, the way I see it, it must use resource and slow down the PC. A single scan on a regular basis is all one really needs for spyware removal.

BTW best to use more than one of these applications, as one will miss some things, which another catches.
June 12, 2008 11:21:51 AM

badge said:
Well, Windows Defender is free. Why would you need spybot search and destroy? Forget it.


WOAH! windows defender may be free but it doesnt detect ANYTHING!

the teatimer feature is very good, just remember to click "remember this change" if you know that the entry is safe and it wont pop-up so much. I recommend Teatimer because once you remember to click that "remember this change" it will only ever pop up when you are installing something, however if it pops up when your not installing then you know that a malicious piece of code is trying to infect your computer (always remember to ensure that auto update programs are not installing stuff).

its hard to quantify programs like this, they are rated by how much stuff they detect and which ones do the least damage removing those nasty pieces of software.

spybot is very good because it is always being updated to detect new trojans, it doesnt harm your pc and can detect alot of malicious software. Of course no prgram is perfect here at work we run all of these:

Trojan Remover Portable
Spybot Search and Destroy
Adaware
AVAST
and Spyware blaster.

we find that the combination of the programs above pretty much secures all our pcs from 99%(theres always new threats so this value can never be 100%) of threats.



P.S

the reason i state that Windows Defender doesnt detect anything is because im a tech ICT and manage several hundred computers, every computer here has Windows Defender on, yet every few weeks i can garantee i get a complaint from a user saying that strange things are happening, well i take these computers in and run the programs above and can find several cases of malicious software. Windows Defender worked when it first came out, but now it just seems to do nothing.
June 12, 2008 11:39:34 AM

^ I agree with Flakes, I personally use Avast, Spybot and Adaware and have never had a problem with viruses/spware etc.
June 12, 2008 3:45:00 PM

Flakes said:
WOAH! windows defender may be free but it doesnt detect ANYTHING!

the teatimer feature is very good, just remember to click "remember this change" if you know that the entry is safe and it wont pop-up so much. I recommend Teatimer because once you remember to click that "remember this change" it will only ever pop up when you are installing something, however if it pops up when your not installing then you know that a malicious piece of code is trying to infect your computer (always remember to ensure that auto update programs are not installing stuff).

its hard to quantify programs like this, they are rated by how much stuff they detect and which ones do the least damage removing those nasty pieces of software.


Dan515 said:
^ I agree with Flakes, I personally use Avast, Spybot and Adaware and have never had a problem with viruses/spware etc.


What do you guys think of norton 360 v2.0? Without considering cost, would you say that it's a good antivirus program? On the pc world website, they ranked it as the top security suite.
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