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Reliable anti-spyware

Post by Jarochai Alabaster » Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:59 pm

I'm looking for a free, reliable way to keep the spyware away. Anti-virus wouldn't be too bad, either, but my dad keeps me up to date with Norton. Thanks in advance, guys. =)
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Re: Reliable anti-spyware

Post by Freecare Spiritwise » Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:15 pm

My two favorite anti-malware apps are:

Spybot - http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Adaware - http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

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Re: Reliable anti-spyware

Post by Select » Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:53 pm

Yeah, I use those two. Update them once a month and scan once a month. No problems.
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Re: Reliable anti-spyware

Post by Fobbon Lazyfoot » Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:47 pm

Use Ad-Aware 2007 and AVG.

Norton is shitty. I've fixed computers before that were destroyed by viruses that Norton didn't so much as flinch at.

Spybot is good but its too intrusive for my tastes.
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Re: Reliable anti-spyware

Post by Jarochai Alabaster » Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:59 am

Ok, thanks guys.
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Re: Reliable anti-spyware

Post by Taxious » Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:11 am

I haven't had any problems with Windows Defender.
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Re: Reliable anti-spyware

Post by Klast Brell » Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:29 am

QUIT CLICKING ON SHIT YOU SHOULDN'T!!!
Seriously people. If you see a banner add that says punch the monkey and win $1000 don't fucking click it. If a website requires you to install software you have never heard of just to see a video clip of a fat kid getting kicked in the nuts, don't install it. if you get email from a complete stranger don't open the attachments.
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Re: Reliable anti-spyware

Post by Jarochai Alabaster » Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:04 pm

I haven't done any of the above, Klast. Well, I may have clicked on the "catch the monkey" shit once, by accident, but it would have been long enough ago that I should have begun experiencing problems long before now.

I'm not even sure if spyware is what was causing the problem. Basically, internet was running excruciatingly slow, failing to load pages more often than not, and on the occasions it did load something there were bits (Pics and such) that weren't loading. I ran the anti-spyware shit, found some cookie trackers or something, removed them, and still had all the same trouble. Shut the box down for the night, went to bed, and all seems to be working well since I got up today.

Maybe Cox was just being stupid...again.
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Re: Reliable anti-spyware

Post by -=Xilanthanax=- » Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:02 pm

Spybot, Spyware Blaster, and Nod 32 antivirus.

Oh, and working for an ISP, 90% of the time it's your fault as to why it was slow. Clean your cache and do a ping test to see if you get slow results, if you get slow ping, restart your router or modem and it'll prolly go away.
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Re: Reliable anti-spyware

Post by Embar Angylwrath » Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:23 pm

I use Housecall. Its free, on-line and constantly updated. It checks for viruses, cookies and spyware. I've had to use HiJack This a couple of times for some really hard to remove shit, but not recently.
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Re: Reliable anti-spyware

Post by Alarik Zekaiden » Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:40 am

I use AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Anti-Rootkit, and AVG Anti-Spyware, along with Spybot S&D when I feel I need it. Haven't had too many problems. I also use Firefox for browsing with Adblock installed so I don't see all the "click here to be a winner!" crap. Then again, I don't click on random bullshit anyway. :wink:

I have to agree with Fobbon on the Norton thing. I worked in a PC repair shop for a while, and saw nothing but problems where Norton was concerned. It uses a lot of system resources even when it isn't active. I'd drop it for something else, like AVG or Avast.
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