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by billebob12010 / November 9, 2011 5:16 AM PST

On Jan. 1,2012 my free anti spyware/anti malware program (Counterspy) will no longer be available by itself. Will my free anti- virus program (Avast) be adequate to protect me? I am using the latest free version of Zone Alarm for my firewall.

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Avast Should Be fine
by Rompin Raider / November 9, 2011 11:54 AM PST

With Zone Alarm FW and Avast free, I think you will be fine. I would encourage MBAM (Malwarebytes-Antimalware) which is "on demand" protection but one of the best ways to remove malware and it's free. I would be comfortable with that set-up, and of course, always use common sense! Good luck! Grin

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MBAM (Malwarebytes-Antimalware)
by billebob12010 / November 10, 2011 2:39 AM PST
In reply to: Avast Should Be fine

Thanks for the feedback especially regarding MBAM. I had been having a problem for about 3 weeks whereas I went from my portal page (Mymyway.com)to pages of interest and found certain words were highlighted in green with a double underline beneath it. If I hover over some of the green words a bubble would appear with a advertisement in it. On some other green words hovering did not cause a bubble to appear but clicking on it would take me to a advertisement. Neither Counterspy or Avast found the problem over the 3 week period. MBAM fixed it! Yippee!

I am keeping MBAM in my arsenal!

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Neither Counterspy or Avast found the problem
by bob3160 / November 18, 2011 9:35 AM PST

MBAM and avast! are meant to work together. They compliment each other. They both are specialists in their own field.
Just as you don't go to a Gynecologist to fix a problem with your foot, You shouldn't expect your Anti Virus program to rid your computer of all the Malware.
Your AV's main job is to protect you against a virus attacks or rootkits and a lot of other virus related nasties.

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