Best spyware program

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by titaniummd, Apr 12, 2006.

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What is the best spyware program?

  1. Spybot, Search and Destroy

    61 vote(s)
    29.3%
  2. AdAware

    77 vote(s)
    37.0%
  3. Microsoft Spyware Beta

    20 vote(s)
    9.6%
  4. Spyware Doctor

    16 vote(s)
    7.7%
  5. Other

    34 vote(s)
    16.3%
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  1. mtnbkr

    mtnbkr Notebook Consultant

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    I have McAfee installed and it's always on. I know I get popups from it saying there's some registry change. Are those always bad? Do I need to check on them each time to see who's doing the change, and allow accordingly? What types of programs would be changing my registry?
     
  2. FiReWoLf

    FiReWoLf Notebook Evangelist

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    I have both Spybot & AdAware. Spybot is a bit lagging in update, AdAware a lot faster, may be my server a bit slow for Spybot :(
     
  3. Gator

    Gator Go Gators!

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    The best spyware program? Well, it'd have to be one that you use frequently. It'd also have to anonymously and surreptitiously report back to its makers about your activities. It'd have to be able to blend in with the general background noise of other processes running concurrently. And lastly it might to cause your computer to crash every once in awhile.

    Oh. It's Windows!
     
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    I voted for Spybot.
    Small, fast, powerful and easy to use, also highly configurable.
    Regular updates too.
    Best of all, it's free!
     
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    My vote goes to PestPatrol although I do not like the new CA Security Center that comes with it - PP5 is a nice program though and it finds things that spybot and Ad-aware either dont or leave behind - con - it isn't free - unless you make it that way :)
     
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    I use Spyware Terminator because it doesn't take too much system resources,it's easy to use and it has real time protection.And it is freeware,what is important to me.Program gets the updates of a small packages of new definitions every couple of days.
    I used Ad-Aware Personal before,but in Personal version program hasn't got a real time protection,which is big defective.
    Many says that Spyware Doctor is the best program of this genre,but it is too big for me to download with dial up(better to say,a half dial up...).
     
  7. Empulse

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    World's best program is AVG Antispyware (former Ewido)

    I use it in combination with:

    Spybot - Seach & Destroy
    Windows Defender
    Hijack This!
    AVG AntiVirus Free
    Comodo Firewall Pro
     
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    hehe299792458 Notebook Deity

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    Today, there are so many malware out there that you can't just use one scanner anymore. So far, Spyware Doctor is my favorite, but AVG anti-spyware (not virus) seems to be good also.
     
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    I tried Spyware doctor and AVG simultaneously today, AVG identified 104 infected items while Spydoctor identified 94 infected files. I'd say they are almost equally matched.
     
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    104! What have you been doing with your computer? At most, I got AVG, or any other anti-spyware software, only found 2 instances of them. You should try a few others to make sure that Spyware Doctor or AVG didn't miss anything. Try ad-aware and spybot S&D.
     
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