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Best bug/hacker detector and removing program ?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by joeAgain------, Nov 28, 2005.

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  1. joeAgain------

    joeAgain------ Thread Starter

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    Anyone know which is the best?
     
  2. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

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    Hi, There is no best, some excel at some types of infections, but lack some features, some do not update as often as others, so there is no best, unless you read best as the test results some sites have posted, that may be a good average indicator, but far and away, it is the combination of several programs, both removers and protectors, as well as a well maintained system that wins the battle.

    Results of some tests, not neccessarily reviewed by myself, some of them may be old info.... I'm just posting a few results from Google search:

    http://www.networkworld.com/reviews/2005/091205-spyware-test.html

    http://www.networkingsmallbusiness.com/reviews/2004/121304rev.html

    http://www.adwarereport.com/mt/archives/000004.html

    http://blog.cyberwalker.com/?p=171

    http://www.consumersearch.com/www/software/anti-spyware-reviews/


    We are currently having very good results with:

    Ewido Security Suite

    Webroot's SpySweeper

    Lavasoft AdAware

    SpyBot Search and Destroy

    Microsoft Antispyware Beta

    Sunbelt's CounterSpy

    We are seeing more and more posters using other brands, but, we have to be careful with them, as there are bogus but very similarly named programs that can fool the untrained eye:

    Here's a site that shows you what you should NOT use, and why:

    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
    Pay attention to the Notes and updated info, as things change, so you have to look at it all.

    As for what we use here at TSG, you will see most of them included at the links I posted. A lot of the antivirus companies are getting antispyware features included in Suites now. Panda, McAfee, Norton, and others, but in the forums, we tend to stick with what we know and may be slower to adopt new programs until we see results from them.
    I cannot say enough about the online scanners, too, also made by the antivirus or antispyware companies, without those we'd be kind of lost.
    There is no one program that will handle everything.
    As new malware comes along, the best that the companies can do is include updates that may handle the infections.
    There are some individuals, and groups that also issue malware removal tools, again, without ALL the programs and tools like that, we would have a rough time trying to wade through things!
    Takes experience just to find out what malware may be infecting a computer, as well as knowledge of the programs and methods to use against it. We are seeing more and more well hidden, embedded malware that takes a lot more digging to find and kill.
     
  3. lotuseclat79

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    Hi joeAgain------,

    I second everything Byteman has said, of course, your questions begs for more clarity/definition, so choosing a category is an important distinction (to name a few):
    Anti-virus
    Anti-trojan/backdoor
    Anti-spyware
    Anti-rootkit
    Anti-keylogger
    Privacy software
    Anti-networkworms
    Anti-Alternate Data Streams
    Registry Defense
    Registry Cleaners
    Index.dat file Cleaners
    Firewalls- hardware + software
    HIPS: Host Intrusion Prevention System vs XP's Software Restriction Policy?
    Sandbox: Virtual Environments
    Running as an Administrator or Limited User

    As you can see, there are different areas to be concerned about since each category may not cover any or at most only a small subset of the others.

    Undoubtedly, the best defense is to use common sense on where you websurf - i.e. stay away from porn, chat rooms, warez, peer-to-peer, and the like websites. When you have a lapse of common sense (don't we all?), its a good idea to have a multi-layered security strategy/tools in place that work to protect you from yourself.

    Still, whatever the best is in each category, it is a moving target as the pests become ever more difficult to detect/remove due to mutation/evolution of stealth techniques.

    Nonetheless, you have asked a very good starter question on the minds of many!

    -- Tom
     
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