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Your Opinions on Top Antivirus and Antispyware

Dear All,
I just stumbled across this forum today after extensive searches for "top antispyware", etc. I've already spent hours and hours browsing through the stickies and posts and I have already downloaded many tools and noted numerous tips that other users have posted. I would just like to say thanks for this amazing community.

With that said...
When I bought this laptop, it came pre-installed with McAfee Security Center and a free 1-year subscription. For the past 6 months, I have solely been using McAfee as my AV. I was planning to surf through this first year with McAfee, but I have been growing increasingly concerned due to the number of people who criticize McAfee and Norton as well as how sluggishly my computer has been acting lately. Browsing the forum lead me to this post:

"All you need is one good anti-virus,one good anti-spyware scanner,a keyscrambler and a anti-spyware shield."

Searching for "top antispyware" led me to these programs: Spyware Terminator (which i now use for it's real-time shield), AVG 8.0 (which I just uninstalled because it has definitely made my comp slower), malwarebytes, and superantispyware. The problem is that the MAJORITY of these sites/forums were outdated (2005 and before).

I need your suggestions on whether or not I should ditch McAfee and install another (preferably free) Antivirus program, which Firewall (I currently use McAfee's) is the best, which anti-spyware I should use for it's shields (is Spyware Terminator outdated? i don't hear much about it anymore), and which other anti-spyware scanners I should download?

Thank you very much for your time and any help is appreciated!

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This is I use

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I think that you should ditch McAfee. My mom's new PC did come with McAfee and boy that new PC was slow even with the 1 G of RAM. I took it off and added the programs that I now use. The speed did went up a lot. At last on my and my mom's PCs.

This is the list programs that I use on my laptop and added my mom's PC. The best part they are all free Happy

Anti-virus: AVG 8 Free

Spyware scaners: Spy-bot and Malwarebytes's Anti-malware

Spyware-blocker: Spywareblaster

Firewall: Comedo Pro firewall

General cleaning: CCleaner

When choosing an anti-virus or firewall remember that you should have only have one installed at a time. However, you are able to have more than one anti-spyware installed at a time.

Those are some other ones that I have used in the past that you may want to take a look at.

Anti-virus: Avast Home Edition and Avira AntiVir Personal

Anti-Spyware: Lavasoft AD-Ware, Spyware Terminator, and Supperantispyware

Firewall: Zone Alarm

Hopefully this helps you in your choice.

Manmur

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Is Webroot SpySweeper worth the greens?

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Thanks for your help! I was not a big fan of AVG though, as I felt that it made my computer slower than necessary.

Just wondering, is Webroot SpySweeper still the "best" antispyware program out there? Should I invest in it? My subscription expired like 2 years ago, so I ran a scan on very old definitions, and surprisingly, it caught many small threats that Superantispyware, malwarebytes, and spyware terminator could not detect.

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I wouldn't.

In reply to: Is Webroot SpySweeper worth the greens?

I don't know if Spysweeper has actually ever been the "best". Maybe once. Maybe in some folks experience. And you have to ask yourself if what it caught is really malware.

I find the use of a good AV (Avast for me.) a behaviour blocker (I use Threatfire, but there is a type of behaviour blocker, or "internal firewall", built into some software firewalls,eg: Comodo and Online Armour,) a software firewall and preferably a hardware firewall too, and some demand scanners for second opinions are adequate. Good demand scanners include Superantispyware, MBAM, Asquared, DrWeb Cureit...
I used to use SpywareTerminator. Unable to recommend it, though it has been a while since I tried it. (No need.)
Throw in a bit of immunity form the use of a HOSTS file, and/or that provided by SpywareBlaster, you have pretty solid protection.

If you installed AVG (or any other AV) with McAfee still installed - even if it was disabled - you'd get big slowdowns and conflictions. Modern AVs install at quite a deep level; they will conflict badly with each other, some more than others.

So much so that a lot of AV vendors provide a separate uninstall tool to clean up the stuff that the built in uninstaller failed to. This includes McAfee, the tool is here, should you decide to uninstall it.http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS100507

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My 2 cents

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For an antivirus and antispyware I'd go with BitDefender.
For firewall I'm trusting my Linksys router. Grin
For windows cleaning purposes CCleaner.

As a back-up you could use malwarebytes on-demand and when in doubt you can try online scanners available.

As for McAfee, Norton and AVG I can really say that they're the biggest resource hogs of all time and in that particular order also. :)) I also tried kaspersky lately, but left me with a bitter taste after I had some malware problems.

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Comodo Tutorials/Help?

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Hi again, thank you all for your opinions. I just downloaded Comodo Firewall last night and have been trying to figure out how it works (much more complicated than the McAfee firewall that I've been using for a while). Are there any tutorials or anything that'll teach a "newbie" on how to use it? If not, this was my particular question:

Defense+ constantly blocks "suspicious attempts" and displays it in the summary page. The only attempt that I have seen it block so far is an access memory attempt by a program that I trust; however, there is no option to allow any attempts by such program. I already tried adding this program into my own safe files and adding it to the new trusted application list, but Comodo continues to block it. What can I do?

Thanks in advance!

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Do you have it

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in "learning" mode?

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Training Mode

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You mean in training mode? Yea I had it in training mode all of last night and switched it to safe mode this morning. However, it continues to block any and all attempts by that program that I mentioned above

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Yes,

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I did mean "training", sorry.
Try leaving it in that mode, you'll probably have to look through the bocked programs list (or something similar, I forget what they cal it) and manually edit the line representing that program. I remember the help files being fairly comprehensive.

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SpywareBlaster

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I followed the advise and uninstalled Spyware Terminator and in its place I installed SpywareBlaster. So far, I have never seen SpywareBlaster notify me of anything... no pop ups, etc. I was just wondering, is SpywareBlaster considered an immunity/HIPS program? If it is, I can't have/don't need to have Spyware Terminator to coexist with it right? SpywareBlaster does the same thing as Spyware Terminator or any HIPS right?

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SpywareBlaster sets kills bits

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and does not run in the background which makes it good. It is a blocker. You update it when there is an update which is usually every 2 or 3 weeks then you enable the protection and forgot about until the next update. It will coincide with other programs. Personally I am not a fan of Spyware Termnintor but that is your choice.

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