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Quick computer question...

Al_19 Member Posts: 170
I had a computer disaster over the last couple of weeks. But with everything up & running, a lot of recommendations have been made to me by different people. One thing that was recommended was to download a free version of SpyBot. Now I buy most all this stuff, but people tell me I'm crazy because it's available FREE. So I did find/download/use free Adaware. But I've downloaded several SpyBots that say FREE, but after running a scan, they say that in order to remove the bugs you have to register(purchase) the full program.

Can you guys tell me the combinations of "Stuff" that you're scanning with: particular software, special versions, free, purchased, etc. I just want to get it right to avoid the nightmare I've gone through recently.



  • Steamhead (in transit)
    Steamhead (in transit) Member Posts: 6,688
    SpyBot IS free...

    here's the link to download it:


    Some other free programs I use:

    AVAST anti-virus (was reviewed as being just as capable as Norton or McAfee):

    A-squared anti-malware:

    AVG anti-spyware (they also have an anti-virus product):

    Note that it's not a good idea to have more than one of each type of program (anti-virus, anti-spyware etc) running at one time. Also, most free programs (with the exception of AVAST) don't update automatically- you have to start the process yourself. And most (except SpyBot and AVAST) won't run in memory after the trial period. So I run AVAST and SpyBot in memory and run the others manually.

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  • Try the AVG antivirus! I have been using it for years on all my computers and it works great. Have not had any virus problems since, and you cant beat the price. Free automatic daily updates too.
  • Al_19
    Al_19 Member Posts: 170

    Thanks Frank,

    I used your link for SpyBot. Downloaded/updated/ran/cleaned already.

    I will definately try the other stuff, but one item at a time. I was running an antivirus program that I got from one of those online computer repair services. The service was great, and the antivirus program worked fine, but I think it was a free program that they were getting free and selling. So the AVG that you guys both recommended sounds good. I'm running Norton now, but it does strange things.

  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    your AVG will see the Norton as a problem.

    so you would have to deactivate one or the other for e-mails.

    a couple weeks back they offered a new 7,05 version update.
  • realolman
    realolman Member Posts: 513
    What's a Norton?

    I've been using the AVG with no problems for a couple of years.
  • Jim Bennett
    Jim Bennett Member Posts: 607
    Try this...

    The Security Tango. Cut and Paste this link, a little involved but it gets rid of all the nasty stuff.


    Jim Bennett
  • Cosmo_3
    Cosmo_3 Member Posts: 845
    Get rid of Norton

    I had Norton for years, nothing but problems. I got Trend Micro and it is great. Also AVG is just as good, well maybe better because it is free!

    I also have Ad aware free, I manually scan with that and it sometimes picks things up that Trend Micro doesn't.

    Big thing you have to be careful of is after installing any antivirus programs, to make sure you don't allow programs/processes to run that your not sure are ok. Once you allow something the antivirus program will always recognize it as safe even if it isn't.

  • Maine Doug_60
    Maine Doug_60 Member Posts: 12
    I used to use

    Norton and eventually dumped it, too much trouble. I also played with the usual spybot and similar products and finally settled on a 5 user license pack for AVG. Since I use a router to network my PC's and handle wireless acess point, I did not need a software firewall.
    So I got the AVG product that does not include the software firewall and installed it on my 5 machines.

    It is important to remove all competing products and Norton leftovers first. I recommend checking the registry and editing as necessary. Like the Wallies say, get some professional help if needed since the performance of the PC can be impacted by leftover poopies.
  • Al_19
    Al_19 Member Posts: 170
    So here's my plan...

    Thanks guys,

    I only ended up with Norton temporarily after I reformatted last week. I've had trouble with it in the past.

    So now I have Adaware and SpyBotSD working. The concensus among you guys seems to be AVG, so I've downloaded that, but haven't run it yet. I'll get rid of Norton first.

    And the SecurityTango website looks like the way to go.

    Still learning!
    Thanks again,
  • Bruce M
    Bruce M Member Posts: 166
    A-Squared - Free

    There is an excelent anti-malware program that is free. It does not conflict with anti-virus software. It is updated almost daily and is very effective. Go to this download site and choose the free version.

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