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Title: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Vaganzza on December 29, 2007, 10:21:36 AM
Hi

I have the avast 4.7 professional edition on my computer. I read on the website that only the home edition (free edition) should install an anti-spyware program. Do I need to install an anti-spyware program also or is it already in the professional edition? (and if it already is in the software: Where can I find it?)

Cheers
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Tevion on December 29, 2007, 10:41:06 AM
There is no difference between engines in home and pro version.
And Avast! Antivirus is no antispyware program although it is able
to detect some kinds of spyware - look here: http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
I recommend urgently to install an Anti-Spyware programm.
Look here http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=31842.0
where you can decide which program could be the best for you.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Vaganzza on December 29, 2007, 11:18:35 AM
Thanks for the quick reply. Maybe the website should be changed so it would be clear you can better install an anti-spyware program too if you have the professional edition.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Lisandro on December 29, 2007, 11:53:53 AM
You can try AVG Antispyware (http://www.ewido.net/en/); SUPERantispyware (http://www.superantispyware.com) and/or Spyware Terminator (http://www.spywareterminator.com/) to scan for spywares and trojans. All of them are compatible with avast.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on January 10, 2008, 12:12:26 PM
Hello  ;)

I installed 'avast! Home Edition' yesterday and i really like it. I'm searching for a Antispyware-Tool which is free and which have a resident scanner. I like AVG Antispyware but as you know the resident scanner works only 30 days in trial version  :-\ So what about your experiences?
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Bluesman on January 10, 2008, 12:19:46 PM
Hello  ;)

I installed 'avast! Home Edition' yesterday and i really like it. I'm searching for a Antispyware-Tool which is free and which have a resident scanner. I like AVG Antispyware but as you know the resident scanner works only 30 days in trial version  :-\ So what about your experiences?

Spyware Terminator is free and have real-time protection

http://www.spywareterminator.com/
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on January 10, 2008, 12:25:48 PM
Thank you. I read that there is spyware in spyware terminator  :( Maybe 2 resident programs (avast / spyware terminator) will make problems?
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Lisandro on January 10, 2008, 12:37:28 PM
Other possibility is the Starter version of Spyware Doctor that comes with Google Pack.
It's free.
Take a look, also, on ThreatFire (it's not the same of an antispyware, but it gives you event checking and blocking suspect actions).
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on January 10, 2008, 12:43:29 PM
Thank you for that information, I will test it. If the computer is getting to slow i stay at avg antispyware without guard  :)
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Lisandro on January 10, 2008, 12:48:57 PM
Thank you for that information, I will test it. If the computer is getting to slow i stay at avg antispyware without guard  :)
Or the other two, without the guard too :)
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on February 09, 2008, 09:17:26 PM
You can try AVG Antispyware (http://www.ewido.net/en/); SUPERantispyware (http://www.superantispyware.com)

I like both - which is the "better" one?  8)
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: DavidR on February 10, 2008, 12:01:52 AM
SAS for sure, since Grisoft took over Ewido (A.K.A. AVG anti-spyware) the program just doesn't seem to be progressing.

There are also a number of people in the forums who help on other forums (and this one) to clean out malware and SAS currently does a better job.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on February 10, 2008, 12:05:17 AM
Thank you :D
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: DavidR on February 10, 2008, 12:12:42 AM
Your welcome.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Tarq57 on February 10, 2008, 11:50:39 PM
Thank you. I read that there is spyware in spyware terminator  :( Maybe 2 resident programs (avast / spyware terminator) will make problems?
There is no spyware in SpywareTerminator. I've been using it for a couple of years with no problems. There have been many discussions in the past about ST being "rogue", that has been proven to be not the case.
There is a toolbar that installs if you opt in for the "WSG" part of SpywareTerminator. I personally wouldn't install that - don't like toolbars - but it's down to user preference.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on February 11, 2008, 12:07:03 AM
There is a toolbar that installs if you opt in for the "WSG" part of SpywareTerminator. I personally wouldn't install that - don't like toolbars - but it's down to user preference.

You have no choice, you must install it :( I prefer SAS/AVG.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: DavidR on February 11, 2008, 12:30:34 AM
I didn't have to install any toolbar when I used it, I just unchecked the toolbar option during the installation.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Tarq57 on February 11, 2008, 12:49:39 AM
There is a toolbar that installs if you opt in for the "WSG" part of SpywareTerminator. I personally wouldn't install that - don't like toolbars - but it's down to user preference.

You have no choice, you must install it :( I prefer SAS/AVG.
Wrong. You have every choice. You have to "opt in" to install WSG. (Same with Clam AV, also available to be integrated.) Just don't install it, no issue.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on February 11, 2008, 08:35:43 AM
Ok, i will try it once more :)
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: jwall on February 11, 2008, 06:50:53 PM
I tried Super AntiSpyware and while it worked well, seemed slow to me.  I still use AVG (EWIDO) free and might try Spyware Terminator if I can be assured being able to not install the toolbar and web guard etc.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: CharleyO on February 11, 2008, 07:03:37 PM
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jwall -

As noted by others above, you are given the option to install ...  or not install ... the toolbar and clamAV. All you have to do is pay attention to what you are clicking when asked during the installation process.


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Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: jwall on February 11, 2008, 07:17:14 PM
Thanks for that, CharleyO, I may give it a try.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Rafel on February 11, 2008, 07:48:39 PM
I installed the new version of ST without WSG or Clam AV without problems.
I switched to ST from Windows Defender.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on February 16, 2008, 05:34:01 PM
All you have to do is pay attention to what you are clicking when asked during the installation process.

Yes, it's right.






Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ronnycopeh on February 16, 2008, 07:16:18 PM
I am using SuperAntiSpyware with Avast Pro and it runs great and does the job
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on February 21, 2008, 12:58:08 AM
Look at this:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,136206/article.html  :-*

AVG Anti-Spyware is rated "very good", Spybot Search & Destroy is rated "poor"!
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ronnycopeh on February 21, 2008, 01:17:49 AM
Great article, I love and trust pc world but what works on one pc don't neccesary work good on another. I have windows defender that came with Vista and it scans nightly and spywareblaster and winpatrol installed. I got rid of Superantipspyware cause it was set to scan and wouldn't and I tried spyware doctor, it slow my pc and stopped my internet connection so I just let windows defender run in real time and run a-squared free,(http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/) to scan for malware.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on February 21, 2008, 01:44:23 AM
I will give SUPERAntispyware a try, but a-squared? I think it is the master of false positives, also see: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=28526.0  :-\
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ronnycopeh on February 21, 2008, 02:01:14 AM
Okay thanks but did you read the whole thing, that was corrected, Spybot Search & Destroy  gave me false  positives and wouldn't update, but I have heard great things about it on other forums. I guess there is something about all programs. I guess its up to each individual.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Lisandro on February 21, 2008, 02:01:40 AM
I think it is the master of false positives, also see: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=28526.0  :-\
Yeah... :'(
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: DavidR on February 23, 2008, 01:40:54 PM
Look at this:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,136206/article.html  :-*

AVG Anti-Spyware is rated "very good", Spybot Search & Destroy is rated "poor"!

Look at the dates the article is 5 months old and possibly older, So there is probably a later version of S&D (which may on may not be any better), AVG-AS just doesn't seem to be catching them any more, especially when compared to SAS and those using it (in these forums and other anti-malware forums) as a start point to clear infection.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: CharleyO on February 24, 2008, 09:10:10 AM
***

There is a new version of Spybot - Search & Destroy. Version 1.5.2 was released at the end of January.

Quote
Spybot-S&D 1.5 has quite a lot of advantages over version 1.4: improved compatibility, more effective detections and new functions. Between all the positive feedback we received, there were also some things that needed to be improved: the immunization sometimes needed to be applied twice before sticking, many users wanted the file shredder back, and it was impossible to remove entries from the user blacklist in the Internet Explorer plugin. But first of all, we apologize for the long starting time of Spybot-S&D 1.5.1 to all users. This item has been fixed now in this new version 1.5.2.



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Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on March 01, 2008, 08:54:14 AM
AVG-AS just doesn't seem to be catching them any more, especially when

... it will be stopped :-\ Yesterday i read at grisoft.com:

Is there a standalone AVG Anti-Virus Edition or AVG Anti-Spyware Edition available with AVG 8.0?

No, there is no standalone product available with anti-virus or anti-spyware functionality only. AVG 7.5 Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware users will be offered a free upgrade to AVG 8.0 Anti-Virus, containing anti-virus and anti-spyware functionality protection within one improved scanning engine.


Rest in peace ewido ...
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Lisandro on March 01, 2008, 02:59:16 PM
AVG-AS just doesn't seem to be catching them any more, especially when

... it will be stopped :-\ Yesterday i read at grisoft.com:

Is there a standalone AVG Anti-Virus Edition or AVG Anti-Spyware Edition available with AVG 8.0?

No, there is no standalone product available with anti-virus or anti-spyware functionality only. AVG 7.5 Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware users will be offered a free upgrade to AVG 8.0 Anti-Virus, containing anti-virus and anti-spyware functionality protection within one improved scanning engine.


Rest in peace ewido ...
Thanks for posting... time to give up and uninstall AVG 7.5. Bye bye...
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on March 01, 2008, 03:11:26 PM
Do you continue with SAS or do you give A² a second chance? ::)
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Lisandro on March 01, 2008, 03:13:44 PM
Do you continue with SAS or do you give A² a second chance? ::)
I continue with SAS.
A-squared gave me so much false positives, bad Registry management (can't restore)... It's not installed in my computer anymore.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: spiRits3033 on March 02, 2008, 12:33:41 PM
Although limited in functionality, you can also install and use Comodo's BOClean (http://www.comodo.com).. It's free and is a resident scanner. I have it installed on my computer, and it works fine in the background. It's just another layer of protection.

I also heard very high regards for Threatfire by PC Tools (http://www.pctools.com) as some have mentioned above. I would use that, but there is a bug in the program itself that doesn't let Windows Backup in Vista run while it's running in the background.. It kills the process so the backup fails.. Other than that, ThreatFire is another great behaviour blocker.

I would avoid Spybot. It was good in its day, but is no longer effective, in my opinion. I think of A-Squared as another Ad-Aware 2007, and heard mixed reviews on Spyware Terminator. I'd get the free version of Spyware Doctor from google pack before any of the above..
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on March 02, 2008, 01:20:31 PM
I've found a test including antiviruses, antitrojans and antispyware programs together dated on 30. September 2006. There were 3390 nasties including spywares, viruses and trojans:

1486 -> a-squared
1314 -> Ashampoo AntiSpyWare
1206 -> CounterSpy
0927 -> Spy Sweeper
0846 -> Trojan Remover
0833 -> Spyware Doctor
0685 -> SUPERAntiSpyware
0683 -> eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware
0445 -> Ad-Aware
0235 -> Spybot
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: spiRits3033 on March 02, 2008, 01:42:31 PM
I've found a test including antiviruses, antitrojans and antispyware programs together dated on 30. September 2006. There were 3390 nasties including spywares, viruses and trojans:

1486 -> a-squared
1314 -> Ashampoo AntiSpyWare
1206 -> CounterSpy
0927 -> Spy Sweeper
0846 -> Trojan Remover
0833 -> Spyware Doctor
0685 -> SUPERAntiSpyware
0683 -> eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware
0445 -> Ad-Aware
0235 -> Spybot

Interesting results, but I'm sure each program has evolved in their own special way since 2006. Can you find any more recent tests?
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: ght1 on March 02, 2008, 01:59:11 PM
Can you find any more recent tests?

No, sorry.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: jwall on March 04, 2008, 05:43:12 PM
Do you continue with SAS or do you give A² a second chance? ::)
I continue with SAS.
A-squared gave me so much false positives, bad Registry management (can't restore)... It's not installed in my computer anymore.
Tech,
I've read about your problems with a squared, but that was last year.   Are or were you still having issues with it now?
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Lisandro on March 04, 2008, 07:16:00 PM
Are or were you still having issues with it now?
No. I don't have it installed anymore. Too much false positives, registry restore function failed to restore... I had to use a full partition backup restoration to live again... No thanks.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: jwall on March 04, 2008, 08:26:17 PM
So now, even with the latest version, still problems?
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: DavidR on March 04, 2008, 10:21:01 PM
On a once bitten twice shy approach I doubt Tech has tried the latest version.
Title: Re: Anti-spyware program?
Post by: Lisandro on March 04, 2008, 11:16:45 PM
So now, even with the latest version, still problems?
Sorry, lost my confidence.
Yes, I've tried the last one.
I'll keep only SuperAntispyware and SpywareTerminator on-demand both, from now on.