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Ok to run Spybot ?

by stew / July 26, 2009 9:58 AM PDT

Just installed Spybot and when I started to run it, I got the message
"Spybot Search Destroy has detected that you have LavaSoft AdAware installed. This may cause incompatibilities".

Should I remove my AdWare program ?

Thanks in advance.

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I'd remove both.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 26, 2009 12:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Ok to run Spybot ?

Then consider other titles like MBAM (Malwarebytes) and Superantispyware (SAS).

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I disagree with Bob . . .
by Coryphaeus / July 26, 2009 12:52 PM PDT
In reply to: Ok to run Spybot ?

I've run them both for years. They each have different search algorithms. Each will find different signatures. And they have both played well with each other on my two desktops and three laptops.

If you do get errors or warnings, then you can consider removing one of them. But now, the choice. Which one?


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by jathia / July 30, 2009 2:40 AM PDT
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I think the point Bob is making would be that S&D and AA are no longer the most current and effective tools for removing malware/spyware. For the best protection, one must use the most current and best possible software out there. Otherwise, hackers can build code that works around the older programs.

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I agree with Bob
by NBAFr33style / July 30, 2009 10:34 AM PDT
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You should install malwarebytes, I use it and I love it. But if you are going to have those 2 installed I wouldn't have the real time protection running on them both at the same time. That's where you will most likely run into some issues. Instead if you are running them both have one dormant on your computer and then scan with one, shut it down, then scan with the other.

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