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Spy Sweeper

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by JMT74, Jan 23, 2006.

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  1. JMT74

    JMT74 Thread Starter

    Apr 14, 2005
    Hi, I am using AVG for antivirus and Zone Alarm for firewall. I was wondering anyone thinks buying Webroot's Spy Sweeper is a good idea or if there is anything else better out there I should think about first. I also am thinking about downloading Window's Washer. Will all these programs work ok together. I am open to suggestion's. Thanks.
  2. Augie65


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. John Burns

    John Burns

    Jul 29, 1999
    Webroot's SpySweeper and WindowWasher are both good programs - I have used both. I don't presently use them, because I have others installed - mainly freeware. My pc's have:

    AVG Antivirus (Paid Version)
    ZoneAlarm Firewall Free Version)
    Microsoft AntiSpyware (Free)
    Lavasoft Adaware (Free)
    Spybot S&D (Free)
    Ewido Suite (Paid Version)
    SpywareBlaster (Free)
    SpywareGuard (Free)

    It's just whatever suits your needs - many in here will suggest others, which are equally good, I am sure. Try some of them and determine which works for you. One caution, don't use more than one firewall (including Microsoft XP firewall) or more than one AntiVirus Program at the same time - as they will more than likely cause problems from what I have heard from others. Hope this helps you for a start.

    Oh, also, I now use CrapCleaner instead of WindowWasher - just a matter of preference.
  4. buf


    Nov 4, 2001
    I use 'most' of the free stuff for malware; etc. I did pick up the Spy Sweeper for a discounted price of $20 about 2 weeks. It does a good job for me, Good luck.
  5. TOGG


    Apr 2, 2002
    I've had Window Washer for some time and bought SpySweeper on a special offer. There is no conflict between the two programs as far as I am aware.

    Unfortunately, as I am using an old, underpowered 98 computer, I don't have the system rersources to have SpySweeper running in 'real time' and, if I try, I eventually have a freeze.

    SpySweeper seems to score well in most comparisons, as do Counterspy and Giant (if it's still available other than as MS Antispyware).
  6. lotuseclat79


    Sep 12, 2003
    Hi JMT74,

    I have used Spy Sweeper for over a year now and find it works quite nicely with its automatic updates. I use it mainly for the Shields in the following areas except for the Hosts file Shields:

    Internet Explorer Shields:
    IE Favorites Shield
    IE Security Shield
    IE Tracking Cookies Shield
    IE Hijack Shield
    IE Home Page Shield
    IE Search Page Shield

    Windows System Shields:
    Memory Shield
    Spy Installation Shield
    ActiveX Shield
    Alternate Data Stream(ADS) Execution Shield
    Windows Messenger Service Shield
    Spy Communication Shield

    Startup Programs Shields:
    Startup Shield

    Browser Add-ons Shields:
    Browser Helper Object(BHO) Shield

    The Hosts File Shields does not work for me due to my Hosts file being too large, i.e. greater than 5000 records, i.e. my Hosts file is 1.4 MB and I have to disable DNS Client Service:
    x Common Ad Sites Shield
    x Hosts File Shield

    Spy Sweeper is generally regarded as one of the best, if not the best, Anti-Spyware (paid) products.

    -- Tom
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