Question about spyware

October 4, 2010 at 07:47:39
Specs: Windows XP
Can anyone tell me if spyware is completely preventable??

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October 4, 2010 at 08:15:48
In a system with the functionality that most people expect you cannot be 100% certain of avoiding spyware or other forms of malware. The closest you could come to would be to do a clean install of Windows, never install further programs, and never connect to the internet. But even that could be questioned.

By using good ant-malware software, keeping it updated, and being careful about what you do, it is possible to keep the probability of malware very low, but not entirely prevent the possibility.

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October 4, 2010 at 08:20:39
Cheers for that.

Do you recommend any particular software? I've narrowed it down to three. This, this or this (coz it's free)?

Is it better to buy one or get a free one??

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October 5, 2010 at 08:18:20
Would you recommend any of the three I've listed? I don't like Mcafee and am looking to replace it.

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October 5, 2010 at 09:32:52
For a complete package, Kaspersky is probably still the best, though the latest Norton is very good, actually taking up slightly less resources than Kaspersky and doing slightly better in recent comparisons, plus it's much more user-friendly for the novice.. If you are really intent on stopping all malware then you really need a paid-for option - incidentally AVG is not the best of the free ones - Microsoft Security Essentials and Avira do a better job.

At the end of the day though, the only true prevention is user-education. The majority of my malware work over the last couple of months has been on bogus security programs - ones which just want to get money from the end-user, and few, if any, security programs will stop these as they are not that invasive, they usually just install a small program which pops up the 'you are infected - pay now' warning, stops the internet connection by adding a proxy, and disables Task Manager. Because there is no actual virus, & the end-user casually lets it install then there's little protection beyond telling the user not to blindly click on anything that pops up.....

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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October 5, 2010 at 09:55:56
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If you are just a home user, I would use Avast free as it has just as good, if not better protection of the ones mentioned. I would stay away from Norton, too much of a resource hog, plus Avast has better real-time protection as well as it updates at least 3 times a day and you don't need scheduled scans like the others.

Be sure to use MCPR.exe to get rid of the McAfee bloatware on your PC if you switch to another...if you don't clean it out properly, no other AV will work right.,

A good working combo is
1- Avast free
2- Spyware Blaster
3- Winpatrol
4- Threatfire
Use the free versions, they all work great together.

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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October 5, 2010 at 13:41:50
Another vote for Avast.

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October 6, 2010 at 01:21:38
Ok, cheers for that

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