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Webroot Spy Sweeper vs. Ad-Aware SE & Spybot SD

by chines / January 22, 2005 1:15 AM PST

Is it worth purchasing Webroot Spy Sweeper to use in addition to the combination of Ad-Aware SE and Spybot Search & Destroy?


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Personally, I have
by roddy32 / January 22, 2005 1:37 AM PST

never used it but I have talked to others that like it and say it works well with the other two. I'm sure you'll get some more opinions from people that have it.

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using all 3
by Mankarlen / March 15, 2007 10:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Personally, I have

OK first ? webfoot a cost spyware program? also will it run with adware and spybot?

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Re: using all 3..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / March 15, 2007 11:21 AM PDT
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If you're asking whether or not Webroot's Spysweeper is free.. there is a trial version of it. After that it's not free. Ad-Aware and Spybot are free. If you're also asking if they will work well together, perhaps read the other posts in this thread. Lavasoft's Ad-Aware and Spybot Search & Destroy work very well together for me. I don't have Spysweeper. It was suggested in one of the other posts, to install the trial version of Spysweeper and see. You might also consider what else you have running. Everyone's system is different and how things work together is different. Just my opinion.


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by Mankarlen / March 15, 2007 11:41 AM PDT
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yes adware and spy know this is it worth buying the other as a 3 fold attack or would it work this why saw some think this was better was why I asked know that there be a couple that the bad ones that ATOS said that those did not remove yet to get them though

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by Carol~ Forum moderator / March 15, 2007 1:11 PM PDT
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Please do forgive me, if I don't quite understand your question. If you're asking if SpySweeper is worth buying as a three-fold attack, I can't say I know. I know very little about SpySweeper. As I think you may know, there are different software which detects different kinds of "malware". Maybe if you list what you do have, it would be easier for people to make recommendations. I'm not sure what you meant when you said, 'that there be a couple that the bad ones that ATOS said that those did not remove yet to get them though'. If you were saying certain software can't remove the newer threats, that would partially be correct. These applications are updated frequently to try to keep up with the newer and/or more stubborn and "nastier" threats. If what you have installed doesn't detect it, or remove it, there are certain methods and tools, which will. Again, I think I am misunderstanding you. Sad And again, I do apologize. I'm sure someone else might be able to interpret this in a different way and perhaps provide you with a more appropriate answer. If you list what you have, we can suggest what you might need.

Sorry I can't be of more help. It's not for lacking of trying.

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by Mankarlen / March 16, 2007 12:16 PM PDT
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I have adware se and spy bot seasrch and distroy plus norton works

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Spysweeper trial version
by Brent Welch / January 22, 2005 1:43 AM PST
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Hi chines..
by SumerBrez / January 22, 2005 6:13 AM PST

In my case,Yes,it was well worth the purchase.Been using it for several years now..Cant say too much as I Dont want to be fussed at about promoting/selling a product..You can download a "free trial" version from the "Webroot Site" and try it for FREE first..Thats what i did..Find it to be a accurate and dependable program and the "shields" are really a plus! (IMO).
I also believe you need more then one..I use 3(adawarese,pestpatrol and spysweeper)plus a Firewall, NAV and housecall as needed..I keep all running when online because some do things that the others dont..PC runs smoothe and they all work well.
Important: Be sure to keep Programs UDATED.

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by Colvale / January 22, 2005 9:20 AM PST

Well, chines, it's your call really, if you've trialled it long enough and think it's worth it. It comes well recommended. You can use Spyware Blaster and BHODemon, both freeware, as well. There doesn't seem to be much conflict, and they all do their own special things. I wouldn't rely on any one of them alone - unlike antivirus software.
Maybe check out Zone Alarm as well, if you haven't already. A friend of mine wrote:
"I would also recommend that you install the free version of Zone Alarm. This is better than the Windows Firewall because it also warns you when a program tries to go out to the internet and will block it unless you allow it. Malware likes to talk to the mothership so having ZoneAlarm running will prevent it from reporting what it finds out about you and also keep it from installing new spyware on your system as well as warn you that you are infected."

Microsoft has a BETA version AntiSpyware available for trial if you can afford the risk! I think Webroot does conflict with it re: IE Settings.

Good will hunting,

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Chines: To Best My Knowledge, All 3 are Good &Can Work ....
by tobeach / March 15, 2007 3:16 PM PDT

together well. 1 Caution: just like ONLY 1 firewall & 1 AV active at any 1 time, be cautious of multiple background guards running as each wants to be in charge.
I would suggest that if you want to have Spy Sweeper running with background guard then DO NOT have Spybots Tea Timer (lock for system settings) function running as well. I believe that function can also be performed by Spy Sweeper as well. the 2 might conflict. You can keep Spybot for scanning & removal plus it's many other features such as lock host file, start up list enable/disable, locking home & search pages against browser hijackers etc.

Not having used Spy Sweeper, I can't be too specific on all it's features just using memory & best guesses.

One other CAUTION: Before installing any protective programs not recommended here, CHECK the following site that the program you're considering visiting (some sites can infect you)/getting is not a "Rogue Program" & suggest add this link to you Favorites/Bookmarks:

Good Luck. Happy

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by putin-gma / October 12, 2010 6:26 AM PDT

I use XP and run Webroot Spysweeper, Spybot and Ad-aware and had no problems until my last update a few days ago. Now the following is happening.

When I scan with S&D, Spysweeper warns me that S&D is trying to change my browser and giving me the option of disallowing certain items. (Webroot simply displays them as coming from S&D, but not exactly what they are.) I thought they were files necessary to run S&D, but they are listed in scan history as ?security zone shields.? Once I again scanned with Spy Sweeper, adware from Levitra.com and andromedical.com which appear to be ads for medicine, were on my system. If I simply disallow all changes to my browser will S&D run? How can I tell what important files I need to run S&D properly from what items are adware or worse? Can I run S&D without accepting any changes to my browser? Are browsers only for easy access to other websites? Please help!

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