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    rahxephon is offline Member Frequent Poster
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    Default Looking for advise on spyware software

    Hello,
    My brother is interested in getting a spyware program, I only have experience with the free version of Adware, but he wants something better for his PC, which program would you recommend that 1 offers the best protection and and 2 is easy and simple to use, free or paid.
    Thanks for the advise.

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    Spyware solutions have gone down hill if your in the market for free software.

    Best free one is still adaware. Microsoft Windows Defender is a close second.

    For paid, Spyware Doctor is supposed to be the best. It's 30 bucks. AVG Anti-spyware is a distant second for the same price.

    I'm not sure how usable any of these are. Not really my concern when looking. There was a thread a bit ago about spyware doctor. Maybe PM the creator of the thread and ask him about that.
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    Best way to prevent spyware, stop looking at porn sites.

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    I'd highly recommend AVG 8 pro. The trial version last for only 30 days or you can get it for 55 USD. Or you can get the free version AVG 7.5.

    Also I'd recommend that you download directly from their site AVG Free Advisor - Free antivirus and anti-spyware downloads or not to rely on torrents for free download cause of "most" of those torrents have backdoors and trojans.

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    Adaware & windows defender is really all you need..
    Can't agree more with Vol here, say what you want about MS.. but Defender is one of best tools they gave us in long time.

    But just use some comon sense!

    Don't click on porn ads, don't accept active x instalations, don't install unknown javas.. and you shouldn't EVER have spywares..

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    Quote Originally Posted by irecinius View Post
    Adaware & windows defender is really all you need..
    Can't agree more with Vol here, say what you want about MS.. but Defender is one of best tools they gave us in long time.

    But just use some comon sense!

    Don't click on porn ads, don't accept active x instalations, don't install unknown javas.. and you shouldn't EVER have spywares..
    Wow, I'll definetly tell him about Windows Defender, from what I just read it seems like a good program, and best of all it free , it is as good as it seems? anybody had any problems using it?, I'll also take a look at Spyware Doctor.

    And since were in the subject of computer protection, what is the best software based Firewall, I use ZoneAlarm but it seems Comodo Firewall is good, anybody have tried both?

    Thanks for the help, I always get the best tech advice here, thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irecinius View Post
    Adaware & windows defender is really all you need..
    Can't agree more with Vol here, say what you want about MS.. but Defender is one of best tools they gave us in long time.
    Uhh... I didn't say it was good, I just said it was second best of the free ones. AVG Plus and Spyware Doctor vastly outperform them from what I've read.

    You know though, a lot of times, the free solutions are good enough. Like others have said, be smart, and have a good firewall... you'll be alright.
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    I use AVG 7.5 Free Edition for anti-virus, Windows Defender for spyware/adware, and Windows Firewall (Vista edition, since it has greatly enhanced security and outbound connection policies).

    All are light-weight (don't consume much system resources compared to other products I've used, especially Norton) while still providing satisfactory security. Sure, there are plenty better, but these are enough for me.

    I also agree with 98abaile. The best protection is not doing anything stupid. You want to visit free porn and crack/serial sites? Prepare to get infected.
    Last edited by MadDogMike; 04-08-2008 at 08:56 PM.

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    Avast! 4.8 (home) for antivirus, and used to use ZA firewall. No problems, except that ZA slows down windows startup (when it loads the desktop). So yeah, got rid of that, and now only running Avast!

    4 years without spyware by not clicking on unkown links!

    (before that, there's practically no internet at home, so yeah..)

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    spybot search and destroy

 

 
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