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Windows 7: Spybot Comments


09 Jul 2013   #1
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 
Spybot Comments

Based on some discussion on another thread I'd be interested in opinions on the portable version of Spybot.

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10 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I can't give an opinion on anything but the main version, but...

As a malware scanner it's not so great. It used to be very good but it's been surpassed. It will find some things other programs miss but not much, and it takes a long time to run- I can quick scan with MBAM and SAS in less than 5 minutes per program, whereas Spybot only does full scans and it does so by going through a malware list instead of scanning files like other programs do. Maybe this catches certain things better but it's a slow scan to get through almost 900K malware definitions.

However, I do find its immunizations helpful and the program should be installed for them. Between Spybot's immunizations and NoScript I haven't had an infection in some time, and a lot of what was hitting me did so through Firefox but not since I immunized. The only drawbacks have been Firefox taking a bit longer to start(maybe 3-5 seconds as opposed to instant to get the home page to load) and some websites with a check box to keep me logged in do not seem to do so for some reason, but they're minor as worth it to avoid being hit by something.
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10 Jul 2013   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I also have only used the installed version but my experience has been it has caught minor (harmless but annoying) spyware that SAS and MBAM Pro have missed or ignored. The scans don't take all that long on my desktop; in fact, they take less time than MBAM Pro and AVAST! free (I have enough RAM and CPU power I can run AVAST!, MBAM, SAS, and Spybot all at the same time). I agree that Spybot's immunizations prevent a lot from getting through (I haven't had a positive on MBAM or SAS since I started using Spybot again).

Since I don't use my notebook anymore except when on a trip, I don't run any scans or updates until a few days before I leave. It has only and i3 and 4GB RAM so I have to run one scan at a time. I just let them run while I do other things so I don't care how long they take.
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12 Jul 2013   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I have it on my USB toolkit, only because there are so few portable AV, Antimalware programs. It updates and scans very slowly for me. I have not used it since I tested it. I had abandoned Spybot and Ad Aware so long ago for Malwarebytes and Superantispyware, I would not even consider it but that it had a portable version. A Guy
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13 Jul 2013   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Thanks for the feedback. I have acknowledged when the system has allowed. Sorry A Guy the system won't let me rep you - I'm sure you are not heart broken.
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13 Jul 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I have Spybot on a flash drive (not used it for some time but it works OK)
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13 Jul 2013   #7

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Thanks for the feedback. I have acknowledged when the system has allowed. Sorry A Guy the system won't let me rep you - I'm sure you are not heart broken.
Nah, I've been repped before

A Guy
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