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Windows 7: Suggest a free spyware program


01 Jan 2011   #1

Win7 64
 
 
Suggest a free spyware program

Need to know what is the best free anti spyware program for an XP user to install? She has some type of browser hijacking program messing IE8 up (firefox and safari are fine) so I have her set up with FF since it is not affected.

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01 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'm new to the forums and don't know a whole lot about computers but Spybot Search and Destroy worked for me when I used XP.
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01 Jan 2011   #3

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Here take your pick from this list.

FREE Great Programs for Windows 7
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01 Jan 2011   #4

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

has to be malwarebytes.

(well, it doesn't have to be, but it's a good 'un.)
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01 Jan 2011   #5

Win7 64
 
 

Thanks! Superantispyware was the one I forgot the name of and was looking for. She had Malwarebytes installed and still got her browser jacked so I will stay away from that one.
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01 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Malwarebytes doesn't come with Real Time Protection. Both it and SuperAntiSpyware are "On Demand Scanners" which means that you need to manually scan. I do it once before I go to bed every night, but most will do it once a week or month. (These are Free Versions).

You still need a good Firewall (I use Comodo) and an AntiVirus (I use Norton), but if you want the free stuff.

Microsoft Security Essentials 2
Comodo Firewall
MBAM
SAS
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01 Jan 2011   #7

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EchoX860 View Post
Malwarebytes doesn't come with Real Time Protection.
Just a slight correction : Malwarebytes does have real-time protection (incl. bad IP blocking) if its the Pro version. It costs about $20 odd.

Regards,
Golden
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01 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yep, I literally just bought it after I went to double check my sources.
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01 Jan 2011   #9

Win7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EchoX860 View Post
Malwarebytes doesn't come with Real Time Protection. Both it and SuperAntiSpyware are "On Demand Scanners" which means that you need to manually scan. I do it once before I go to bed every night, but most will do it once a week or month. (These are Free Versions).

You still need a good Firewall (I use Comodo) and an AntiVirus (I use Norton), but if you want the free stuff.

Microsoft Security Essentials 2
Comodo Firewall
MBAM
SAS
Thank you...I was asking for my aunt. She has a nasty browser hijacking going on just on IE8 to start. We installed FF and it was fine until reboot then bam it was jacked as well. She had Safari installed and it has been unaffected so far. She is buying and downloading Norton as we speak. SuperAntispyware didn't clear her problem either.

I use Kaspersky and the only time I have EVER got a virus was when I puposely paused my protection to open a file that I knew Kaspersky would suppress because of it's nature. Needless to say that file was tainted and it wrecked my system in seconds...I learned my lesson LOL. Luckily I had did a full system immage backup the day before so I was back up and running in a few minutes.

Most of the people I try to fix these malware and virus problems on use or used Limewire, well their kids did. The thing that drives me nuts is I use every piece of software or method to fix the problem that is suppose to fix these issues and they never work...never once! All I can say is PAY for your antivirus and stay away from that free stuff....she had AVG and Malwarebytes and she can't even navigate on the web because it goes where it wants to. When I got done with her a bit ago I was trying FF and noticed it was redirecting then all the sudden it opened Windows Media Player and asked if I wanted to play the file LOL. No idea what she has infected her PC with but I told her to use Safari and download Norton and see if it would fix it cause I was out of ideas.
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01 Jan 2011   #10

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Hi Edilee,

Something to bear in mind : paid software doesn't always neccesarily perform any better than free software. MSE for example, is free, and its very good, probably one of the best. There isn't a single piece of software that will protect you outright : you need a layered approach to security.

In general, a security approach should include:

1. A good NAT router
2. Firewall
3. "Anti-virus" software
4. "Anti-malware" software

Last, and by no means least, you should common sense when browsing the WWW. This is perhaps an area we are least good at. Its so tempting to those of us that are least in the know to click on links proclaiming to give us something for nothing, or to scan and fix our computers. If its too good to be true, it probably is.

Regards,
Golden
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