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Windows 7: spybot vs MSE vs threatfire..which one is better

11 Feb 2010   #11
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

I have MSE and ThreatFire always running, and Malwarebytes that I run weekly. It all seems to work together very well.


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11 Feb 2010   #12
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

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Spybot is crap. MSE is an anti virus. So if you install MSE, you'll need an anti spyware app like malwarebytes or superantispyware. ThreatFire features innovative real-time behavioral technology that provides powerful protection against both known and unknown viruses, worms, trojans, etc...
Dinesh, are you sure? MSE claims it is anti-spyware, at least.
Yes MSE has failed to detect spywares many times on my test PC. Its a strong anti virus but a weak anti spyware. so you need to have an anti spyware running alongwith MSE.
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11 Feb 2010   #13
Carbonyl

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

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common sense
This is the best defense overall.
Common sense and "safe-browsing" habits are nothing but a false sense of security when alone.

However, when combined with proactive security software of the right kind, they'll make you much more secure.
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12 Feb 2010   #14
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gamepoint View Post
i need to install an anti-spyware program..and what do u guys here recommend?
spybot S&D has tea-timer which provides registry protection...
ok, you said you need anti-spyware programm. but you are giving us programs from 3 different categories.
So there is no way to judge it

Spybot S&D - Anti Spyware program used to be good one in the past. But in opinion it's too weak now...
MSE - It's more of a AV program. Of cource it also offers Anti-Spyware aswell (the same do all other AV products and all of them claim they will offer trojan protection aswell).
And yes, they do. but again they are not specialised programs, they just do general things and try to catch all types of malware (whatever it is: virus, spyware, rootkit, trojan or backdoor)
ThreatFire - it's just a behaviour blocker. It will sit on your system and block suspicious behaviour. So, that's it. It's in a way general program too. It will try to block any types of malware, but just by guessing from their behaviour.

So as I already mentioned. There is no way for us to judge them. They are from three different categories..
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12 Feb 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I installed ThreatFire on a brand new system with MSE. It immediately made a scan and "found" 56 "serious" threats and suggested I buy Spyware Doctor to remove them. That made me suspicious and sounded like some of those pushy trojans that want to sell you crap programs. I immediately uninstalled ThreatFire. For me it is a mild form of a trojan.
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12 Feb 2010   #16
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I installed ThreatFire on a brand new system with MSE. It immediately made a scan and "found" 56 "serious" threats and suggested I buy Spyware Doctor to remove them. That made me suspicious and sounded like some of those pushy trojans that want to sell you crap programs. I immediately uninstalled ThreatFire. For me it is a mild form of a trojan.
I agree; I had the same experience.
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12 Feb 2010   #17
dpnaugle

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I have been running Avast with relative confidence, and using Malwarebytes to scan for spyware.

I thought I would give MSE a try but should I uninstall Avast first, or will it not interfere?

Or would you say that Avast is the better choice and don't make the change?

thx
Don
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12 Feb 2010   #18
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dpnaugle View Post
I have been running Avast with relative confidence, and using Malwarebytes to scan for spyware.

I thought I would give MSE a try but should I uninstall Avast first, or will it not interfere?

Or would you say that Avast is the better choice and don't make the change?

thx
Don
Delicate question, as different people have different opinions. Personally, I prefer MSE, but if you're not having problems with Avast, you might as well leave it.

On second thought, seeing as they are both free programs, why not give MSE a try, so that you can come to your own conclusion?
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12 Feb 2010   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dpnaugle View Post
I have been running Avast with relative confidence, and using Malwarebytes to scan for spyware.

I thought I would give MSE a try but should I uninstall Avast first, or will it not interfere?

Or would you say that Avast is the better choice and don't make the change?

thx
Don
Yes, you should uninstall Avast first. Never run 2 security suites together.
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13 Feb 2010   #20
gamepoint

windows 7 professional x64 bit RTM
 
 

thanx all for the reply...i think i will now move to threatfire
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