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Windows 7: Controlling Malware & Spyware

22 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Controlling Malware & Spyware

At present I am using Malwarebytes (Free Version) & SuperAntispyware (Free Edition). I was

told I might not be getting the best protection. I need to know if there are other programs

out there that are better and that I should use instead. Any and all respond is greatly

appreciated. Many thanks and God Bless.

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22 Aug 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Have you thought of MSE? Microsoft Security Essentials.
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22 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Onestep View Post
At present I am using Malwarebytes (Free Version) & SuperAntispyware (Free Edition). I was

told I might not be getting the best protection. I need to know if there are other programs

out there that are better and that I should use instead. Any and all respond is greatly

appreciated. Many thanks and God Bless.
Yes, unfortunately you are not getting the best protection. For your information, the FREE versions of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware do not provide real-time protection (blocking) and updates but ONLY ON-DEMAND protection and updates. When we say on-demand, you can only scan or update whenever you want. However, the downside of this is that it doesn't automatically block malicious files downloaded from the Internet or transferred from removable drives. Hence, the infection of zero-day malware would most likely take place without your knowledge nor without the protection of those scanners.

I highly recommend that you look for an anti-virus program that provides high caliber features, up-to-date protection and at the same time, does not hamper your computer performance. The AV program will serve as your primary layer of defense while Malwarebytes and SUPERAnti may be used as complementary ('second opinion') scanners (your second layer of defense).

Hope this helps.
PS: Thread should be in System Security forum.
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25 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Both Avast and Avira have good protection on their free versions. I think Kaspersky is the best one out there but it has only a paid version if you can and want to afford it. Never used SuperAntiSpyware, and Malwarebytes rarely detects anything, in addition to the above responses that it only works when you decide to scan and don't blocks on access.
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25 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Two security methods are a necessity. A active, runs automatically anti virus and a Firewall. They start up and run every time you boot your computer and stay running until you Shut Down your computer.That your first line (layer) of defense in most cases. I use MSE and the built in Window 7 Firewall.
Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows
A good second layer of defense many use are called (on demand) programs. Meaning they do nothing until you tell them to. No automatic anything. Super Anti Spyware and Malwarebytes Anti Malware are both great programs IMO.
Both SAS and MAM have paid for versions that do run active. If you desire.
My next layer of protection is a great little free program, Filehippo Up Date Checker. It will check for updates of many programs on your computer such as Adobe, Jave, WLM, Firefox and many others. Most updates for programs like these have several security up dates included. This I also use on demand and I check at least once a day.
FileHippo.com Update Checker - FileHippo.com
All these programs I use. My MAM is the Pro version and runs all the time on my computer is booted. All these programs work well with Windows 7 in my experience.

No one programs does it all that is why I recommend a layered protection plan.
The last program is me. I try and keep myself tuned up and updated so I don't do dumb things.
What ever programs you select after installing and updating them run complete scans. If you run into problems get back to us, we are always home.
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