Good Anti-Virus/Spyware Setup...

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  • Donny 25 Jun 2007 20:35:43 1,491 posts
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    ...for Vista.

    Anybody got any recommendations for some programs that'll cover me. I used AVG Anti-Virus/Spyware/Rootkit on XP, but that doesn't seem to work on Vista. Oh and it has to be free of course.
  • Sephi 25 Jun 2007 20:38:48 142 posts
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    Remove Vista and install a Linux distro.

    Vista is bloated and useless at the moment...
  • heyyo 25 Jun 2007 20:40:37 14,373 posts
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    Linux is more useless than Vista
  • Donny 25 Jun 2007 21:05:57 1,491 posts
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    Man you guys are so helpful.......fucking NOT!
  • Billys-Bones 25 Jun 2007 21:10:29 248 posts
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    AVG should work on Vista no problem.Well the Anti-Virus and Spyware does anyway.

    Edited by Billys Bones at 21:11:32 25-06-2007
  • Donny 25 Jun 2007 21:11:09 1,491 posts
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    AVG Anti-Virus does, just not the Anti-Spyware and Rootkit scanner.
  • NBZ 25 Jun 2007 21:23:59 2,372 posts
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    I use Avast!4Home on Vista.

    It is free after registration.

    Two other free ones are Avira and AVGFree.

    Edited by NBZ at 21:26:37 25-06-2007
  • PearOfAnguish 25 Jun 2007 21:29:56 7,327 posts
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    Use Spybot S&D for spyware.

    Don't know about a rootkit scanner, but then it probably wouldn't work correctly because Vista is just one big rootkit.
    Ha! Take that M1cr0$ux!
  • Deleted user 25 June 2007 21:31:39
    Another vote for Avast here.
  • [maven] 25 Jun 2007 21:34:34 5,161 posts
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    To be entirely honest, for Vista I'd personally rather take no anti-virus than the free ones that I've tried. That way at least I won't rely on protection that simply isn't there...
  • oceanmotion 25 Jun 2007 21:34:45 15,970 posts
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    Javacool Spyware Blaster - Not a real time scanner but plugs most holes. Doesn't run in the background.

    Firefox with extension adblock plus.

    Lastly. Be safe. Don't be an idiot basically.

    Don't have a virus scanner but install NOD32 from time to time just to check. Rootkit revealer once in a blue moon.

    Been Spyware and Virus free for ages.
  • Deleted user 21 March 2013 11:19:59
    Avast, Malware Bytes, CCleaner, Google Chrome and Ad Block are all you will ever need.
  • SClaw 21 Mar 2013 11:35:49 826 posts
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    Kaspersky. Cheap as chips and just deals with itself, never grumping about any software you run.
  • Deleted user 21 March 2013 11:38:46
    Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Kay 21 Mar 2013 11:40:15 17,905 posts
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    HairyArse wrote:
    Avast, Malware Bytes, CCleaner, Google Chrome and Ad Block are all you will ever need.
    Yep, this (and a bit of common sense) is all you need. All for free, too.

    Microsoft Security Essentials is quite poor nowadays, apparently.
  • Dougs 21 Mar 2013 12:59:53 68,051 posts
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    Kay wrote:

    Microsoft Security Essentials is quite poor nowadays, apparently.
    Is it really? Been a while since I've looked at success rates etc. Will have a gander.
  • PearOfAnguish 21 Mar 2013 12:59:55 7,327 posts
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    Wouldn't trust MSE, or any other AV tool, to tackle spyware by itself. Always a good idea to have a separate anti-spyware tool, they won't clash and the good ones like MalwareBytes are excellent at detecting sneaky little things that others miss.

    Might want to check out this thread as well.

    Edited by PearOfAnguish at 13:00:12 21-03-2013
  • Blerk Moderator 21 Mar 2013 14:31:05 48,225 posts
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    From experience, the dedicated adware/spyware programs like Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware find and handle TONS more trojans and nasty fake stuff than regular virus checkers do. I would absolutely recommend that you have one of each, a virus checker alone isn't enough. In fact, if I was to pick one of the two I'd have the spyware detector and lose the virus checker.
  • nickthegun 21 Mar 2013 14:34:10 60,140 posts
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    Install them all at once. Better safe than sorry.

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  • PearOfAnguish 21 Mar 2013 14:37:07 7,327 posts
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    anthonypappa wrote:
    is that based on anything other than paranoia?

    doesn't MSE have the same capabilities as spybot?
    MSE's anti-spyware capabilities are nowhere near as good as the best dedicated applications.*

    Super Antispyware and Malwarebytes both have free editions and don't need to be running all the time, so there's no downside to keeping one around and just scanning occasionally.



    *based on my personal experiences. Can't seem to find any rigorous testing of anti-spyware like you can for AV.
  • elstoof 21 Mar 2013 14:37:58 7,507 posts
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    Oh goodie, another Anthony request for advice which he dismisses immediately.
  • Deleted user 21 March 2013 14:40:39
    The best course of action is early prevention which is why I said install google Chrome and install Ad Block Plus. Most Mal and Spyware focuses on Internet Explorer so if you can stop using that in the first instance you're already halfway there. Ad Block Plus will then hopefully block all those fake download buttons which it's so easy to click to install the shit in the first place.

    Avast and Malware Bytes are the next level of defence. I've installed hundreds of computers and this is the combo I always use. If you want to ignore my advice, go for it.
  • oceanmotion 21 Mar 2013 14:41:20 15,970 posts
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    MSE is good enough and non intrusive.

    Be a smart user.

    Run a malwarebytes scan every so often as a safety net or worried for a particular reason.

    I prefer the less hassle approach after trying so many. Haven't got a virus either way.
  • Deleted user 21 March 2013 14:42:28
    A MWB scan once every couple of months does me fine. No other software installed, because I actually pay attention to what I'm doing.
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