The Best in Anti Virus and SpyWare

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fatcat6499

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OK I know Im only 13. But dont hold that against me I run my own computer & Electronic Repair "buisness" Anyway... Ive been working with computers for a long time and I've tried EVERY thing when it comes to Anti-Virus Protection And Spyware Removal. The best 2 FREE programs you can ever find on the internet is SpySweeper, and AVG Anti-Virus Guard.

AVG

Spy Sweeper
(For the free edition which I found to be just as good as one thats gona cost you $37 its on the right hand side)


OK. Now heres the thing. I know they say Norton Anti-Virus and AdAware are the best and dont get me wrong they are good. Its just when I ran those 2 programs then ran AVG and SpySweeper They picked up stuff the others missed. And thats the truth.


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that would be true of probable EVERY program as probably none of them catch everything. i've never used spysweeper, but with spybot, adaware and AVG, each has caught things that the others missed.

just yesterday, i tried "HiJackThis", and IT caught at least two clearly "these don't belong here" programs that NONE of the other three caught.

the best thing i think would be to have several different programs to catch what the other ones miss.

from what i've read, norton and macaffe are the worse AV programs as they miss alot of things and even more important, they are the programs that hackers attack the most.
 
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I just downloaded spy sweeper and was very dissappointed to find that it only allows one update after that it requires you buy a subscription to keep getting updated definition files. I'm running it now I will let everyone know how it goes.
 
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so I ran ad aware, but didn't remove the items, then ran spysweeper removed all items then ran adaware again. Spy sweeper found 9 cookies that adaware did not, and adaware found 3 cookies that spy sweeper did not. Cookies were the only thing preasant on my pc so I don't know about software or registry items. So as already stated, the best bet is to run multiple programs. Personally I choose spybot and adaware as they provide free updates.
 
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fatcat6499 said:
The best 2 FREE programs you can ever find on the internet is SpySweeper, and AVG Anti-Virus Guard.
Thats an awfully bold claim there without any evidence.....most of the tests I've seen by real labs put AdAware and Spybot well above SpySweeper, and AVs such as Nod32 and Kaspersky above AVG (I don't think either of those AVs are free though).
 
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AVG might not be as good as the top 3 or 4 AVs, but as stated, it is free (AVG 6.0 at least) so it's by far the best "value". like adaware and spybot, it too offers free updates which even AVs that you pay for usually quit doing after a year. that's pretty good customer service for something available for free.
 
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I agree with most of what was said but as far as avg I have machines come into the shop everyday with avg and 9 times out of 10 i can install norton or mcafee or vcome system suite 5 and find more virus than avg does. To say its the best is just not true. (n)
 

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It is as we know on here a very talked about subject,the fact is any Anti-virus is only as good as its database.....true?, there will always be some pick up things that others dont so its best to find one that suits yourself and stick with it,as for myself I chose AVG, at first because it was free,but over time it has proved to me thats its pretty good,as far as the spyware trackers go Ive been using spyware blaster for a while now,available here http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html as I found by using this I never get anything caught in ad-aware and spybot,so it looks to me like a handy little application :)
 
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While I haven't personally used AVG, I have seen it used on PC's belonging to friends and colleagues. In my opinion it does not come up to the standards set by, say, NOD32 and other good anti-virus software. However, it does offer extremely good value for money being free. I suggest a check of the Virus Bulletin ( www.virusbulletin.com ) for a rating of how various packages perform.

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I usually use AVG too, because it is free. But SpySweeper better than Spybot? I wouldn't just take security advice I find on a forum without any proof to back up their claims.
 

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Proof that Spy Sweeper is currently the best Anti-Spyware application.
http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,4148,2202,00.asp

I've used Adaware, Spybot, Aluria, Spywareblaster, SpywareGuard. All good products. But Spy Sweeper continually finds things these don't. There are occasions that Adaware finds something Spy Sweeper doesn't. But it's very infrequent. Because of that i still use Adaware for the 'just in case' scenario. spybot i run once a month and it's found nothing in over 6 months so i may uninstall it. Just as a side note, Spy Sweeper has only been around since March 2003 and had only 4,500 definition's in it's database. In only 13 months Webroot have expanded the database to over 23,000 definition's. In anyone's book that is some going!!! Also, Webroot are a very large commercial company and have the financial muscle and resources to develop Spy Sweeper. You won't find Adaware in the shops, but take a look on Amazon and you'll see Spy Sweeper. It's also available in the UK in PCWorld and Staples in a boxed version. A company that have got the resources to market a product in this way certainly won't be in second place.

To conclude. Adaware and Spybot both very good. Spy Sweeper is better in my opinion, and will continue to improve at a rate the others will find hard to match.

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um... just a little tidbit of info, spysweeper was rated number one in the spyware remover catagory in pc world... hope this helps...
 
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If you check the reviews/ratings over at download.com, Spybot's ratings are 18% higher than Spy Sweeper's. I'm not saying Spy Sweeper is bad (from the reviews, it sounds great), I just don't think its fair to say that one product is better than all the others without any proof
 
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Spysweeper may be great, but that's what happens when you force people to pay for software. Paid for software tends in many cases to work better than freeware.

Now if you don't pay for spysweeper then you don't get updates to the spyware definition files, which means that growing database is unavailable to you. After even a month without an update it will be grossly obsolete. After a year I guarantee that adaware and spybot(with free updates) will find more occurrences of spyware than spysweeper.

So in conclusion: If you want a good free solution go for a program such as adaware or spybot. If you are willing to pay, try out spysweeper.
 
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