Does Spywareblaster interfere with Spybot?

May 8, 2013 at 09:26:03
Specs: Windows XP
I just inherited a Dell Precision M90 laptop with Intel Centrino Duo (XP) that has both Spybot and Spywareblaster on it. Do I need both? Do they interfere with each other? Does one run in real time and the other just on demand? Which should I keep? Should I uninstall both and use something else? Thanks!

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#1
May 8, 2013 at 09:37:08
I don't know too much about Spywareblaster, but I know Spybot pretty well. Programs like this aren't really necessary in my opinion as long as you have a good anti-virus installed.

My biggest concern is that you're even using an anti-virus program. You can install as many Spybot-like programs as you want and it won't protect you like a good antivirus program will. Really, they're not even comparable...

In my opinion, if you don't want to pay for an anti-virus, download AVG Free and remove Spywareblaster and Spybot. You will notice an increase in performance by doing so. If you insist on having a spyware scanning software on your computer, I would recommend Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes does not actively scan your computer, but it will scan for and remove anything that AVG Free misses when you open it, update it and tell it to scan...

AVG Free for 32bit Computers:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_a...

Malwarebytes
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...

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#2
May 8, 2013 at 10:27:37
Thanks! That is helpful. The computer has a constantly upgrading current version of Sophos Antivirus on it and it seems to nail everything except adware and data miners. I think the Spybot does that pretty well but I also think you have remember to run it for it to work.

Again, thanks for the advice.


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#3
May 8, 2013 at 10:38:27
No problem!

As long as your antivirus subscription is current you should be ok! If you're thinking about keeping Spybot S&D, I would get rid of Spywareblaster. Otherwise, sounds like you're on the right track!

If your questions were answered, be sure to mark the best answer so someone with a similar question will know this thread is solved! Thanks!

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#4
May 8, 2013 at 12:09:07
SpywareBlaster will not interfere with anything and is well worth keeping. The only time it runs is when you collect updates (about every two weeks). It puts kill bits into the registry that prevent many nasties from activating - rather than fixing them after they've taken hold. MalwareBytes is great but prevention is better than cure. I still advocate MWB as a finder-fixer though - it's best to have several weapons onboard these days.

As a bonus SWB helps get shot of website adds. It's an old program but not all old things are bad. I would recommend it to everyone who has a computer.

As you are an XP user please see my two howto's here:
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...
There is a link to part 2 which mentions SpywareBlaster.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
May 8, 2013 at 12:34:50
Since you just inherited it, I suggest you reinstall Windows and start brand new. Delete the old partition, create a new, and install Windows on it. Then get your device drivers from Dell and be on your way fresh. There is probably a bunch of unnecessary programs and documents that you don't need cluttering up or slowing down your system in addition to personal info that the previous owner left.

Don't forget to upgrade to Service Pack 3, then install other critical updates. For real-time anti-malware scanners, I suggest either Avira, MSE, AVG, or Avast. For on-demand scanners, I suggest Malwarebytes and SuperAntispyware. On top of that, install either Comodo (w/o the anti-virus) or ZoneAlarm firewall to supersede the junky firewall built into Windows XP. All mentioned programs have free versions.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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#6
May 8, 2013 at 14:02:22
Thanks for the information on Spywareblaster Derek! Maybe it's something I should look into although I would hope there are updates more often than every two weeks... I agree, it's more cost effective to be proactive than reactive!!

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#7
May 8, 2013 at 14:36:21
Re #6

No, I'm afraid the update frequency is its downside but I still regard it as useful, unobtrusive and fairly unique. I use the word "fairly" because the immunize feature of SpyBot S&D (if used) does much the same thing. SpywareBlaster freebie is a very small single purpose program. All you have to do is install it, then click "enable all protection" after manual updates. It works for IE, Firefox and Chrome - not sure about other browsers.

Better add that although it helps it does not give anything like full protection - just another good freebie to have in your armory. Note also that numerous worrying looking website addresses appear in your registry. These are ones it blocks (registry buffs look for the bracketted 4 which means blocking).

I've tidied up my response #4.

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#8
May 8, 2013 at 15:11:07
I use SpywareBlaster on every comp I repair or use myself, works quietly in the background as an preventative tool. Periodic updates ( done manually on the Free version ) are all that is needed.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...
http://www.brightfort.com/spywarebl...
http://www.brightfort.com/spywarebl...
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/foru...


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#9
May 8, 2013 at 15:17:15
To be very pedantic SWB doesn't even "work in the background". Once the updates have been made to the registry it is done until next time - they are blocked. The absence of activity sometimes fools people into thinking it does nothing at all and the explanation on SWB's website is no longer as informative as it used to be.

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#10
May 8, 2013 at 15:23:13
Your right Derek, here is the right description.

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/show...

As always, SpywareBlaster doesn't use any services, drivers, or anything that constantly runs in the background, consuming your computer's memory and processing time. You just open SpywareBlaster, set your protection, and close it - you're protected.

And it works great with other reputable security and privacy applications, including anti-virus, anti-trojan, and even other anti-spyware programs. There's no such thing as a 100% effective solution, and SpywareBlaster was designed from day one to be a compatible, effective part of any security setup you may want to configure.


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#11
May 11, 2013 at 01:26:44
SpywareBlaster has been a program that I always used along with Spybot S&D, and ANY other malware program.
Each program looks for and finds what the others miss.
SpywareBlaster is a great program and I HIGHLY recommend it. I have been using it for years and years on every computer I have owned.

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