Solved Advantage of running malware, spyware, registry checkers?

April 10, 2012 at 08:18:52
Specs: Windows 7
if one has a decent firewall, antivirus (McAfee), etc. might it still be necessary to run a third party maleware...and or registry checker. especially if i'm suspicious of some file(s) that have shown up that i'm not sure about... Indeed, in the case of the registry checker are they more trouble than its worth? And if they are worth running which is the best to buy?

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April 10, 2012 at 08:39:13
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There are lots of thoughts in regards to this, so research is key.

My thought is a good antivirus, not a big fan of mcAfee, however they have made many improvements over the years. Then I would recommend Malwarebytes as a Malware scanner. There are such things as a registry locker, this would be an option as they ussually let you know when a modification is made. However, they can get annoying as they prompt for any changes.

Personally, I set up a browsing user that has limited rights, and do not use the administrator account for browsing. This limits what can be done. Also insuring that you are current on security changes will increase your defense.


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April 10, 2012 at 09:04:41
Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast Free for Real-time Anti-Virus

Malwarebytes Free and run manually to remove crapware

CCleaner run manually to clean up temp. files and other saved non-essential files as well a clean of registry

99% of the time the above 3 are sufficient and of course Freeware

I gave up with MacAfee and Norton many moons ago.........

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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April 10, 2012 at 17:13:12
If you must use a registry cleaner use the one in CCleaner and avoid most others that are advertised on the web. There are risks with any registry cleaner - they can get things wrong.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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