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I've been up to date with recent anti-virus trends, but what about anti-malware/spyware/adware?

I've been completely out of that scene for quite some time. I hear people recommending MalwareBytes. But I'm wondering what else out there is good? Is Ad-Aware still a contender?

Is the free version of MalwareBytes any good? How about Webroot Spy Sweeper?
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I personally use and recommend MalwareBytes Anti-Malware. I mostly use MBAM for routine scans every once in a while although I have used filesystem protection with it and haven't had any problems and it did well (few false positives here and there once in a blue moon, with website blocking as well but what program doesn't get a false positive at some point). You could also look into Spybot Search & Destroy, another popular program in my opinion.

Free version of MBAM is fine and will get the job done as would the paid version. If you want the real time protection then get the paid version although as long as you have an anti-virus, use common sense when browsing, and perform routine scans every once in a while you should be fine.

Spybot S&D would be good for routine scans, at least that's what I used it for in the time that I had it.
post #3 of 17
I havent used Ad-Aware in some time. Lat thing i read they were having issues and were a malware on its own, but that was ages ago.


I stick with Avast AV and SuperAntyspyware, both have done the job well over the years.

At the end of the day, when **** hits the fan, a single software wont help you, thus in those rare times, you will have to resort by using all softwares to resolve an issue. Because each software is better then the other, yet no single software will protect you or resolve an issue.

Just don't install anything you shouldn't be installing, dont surf the websites you should be surfing and dont DL what you shouldn't be DL'ing.

Common sense is the best protection there is.
post #4 of 17
Malwarebytes finds the major stuff, and SuperAntispyware seems to find a few minor things that MWB doesn't, like tracking cookies and whatnot. I've tried everything from Spybot and Ad-Aware back in the day up til now, and that's what I stick with these days. I see no reason to use anything else.

Also, install NoScript or its equivalent in whatever browser you're using. That and AdBlock Plus are essential.
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post #5 of 17
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Thanks for the recommendations everyone! I just was fixing someone's computer and they had over 100 viruses on it along with 100+ malware according to MWB.

I ended up just formatting it, since there was nothing on there anyway except old old programs.

I reformatted it and put Avast and MWB on there for the person. I think that'll be fine. I'll look into Super Anti Spyware as well.
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post #6 of 17
I get quite a few computers coming in full of this crap. Unless I get something really drastic I find that between using these four programs one of them finds it and gets rid of it:
(all free versions)
1. SUPERAntiSpyware
2. Spybot Search and Destroy
3. Malwarebytes
4. Microsoft Security Essentials (antivirus/spyware, very low overhead and seems to keep it fairly clean)
Other than MSE, none of these run in the background. Just run them once a weekish and when ever you find (or know) you been somewhere dirty!
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post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by brewermoe View Post

I get quite a few computers coming in full of this crap. Unless I get something really drastic I find that between using these four programs one of them finds it and gets rid of it:
(all free versions)
1. SUPERAntiSpyware
2. Spybot Search and Destroy
3. Malwarebytes
4. Microsoft Security Essentials (antivirus/spyware, very low overhead and seems to keep it fairly clean)
Other than MSE, none of these run in the background. Just run them once a weekish and when ever you find (or know) you been somewhere dirty!

MSE has gone downhill over the past year at least. It's borderline useless to have on a system these days. It may have low overhead, but it also has low definition and zero-day detection rates.

I don't know anything Spybot would catch that MWB or SAS wouldn't catch. It's an old, dead piece of software as far as I'm concerned.
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post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Kaldari View Post

MSE has gone downhill over the past year at least. It's borderline useless to have on a system these days. It may have low overhead, but it also has low definition and zero-day detection rates.

What are your recommendations?

I have had a few instances where Spybot has picked up some malware that the other two did not. But I agree, its not what it used to be! Disappointing.
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post #9 of 17
Qihoo: 360 Antivirus (website is in Chinese but the built in translate in Google Chrome will be able to solve that for you)
AVG Antivirus Free Edition
Avast! Free Antivirus

They did fairly well in AV-TEST's most recent test (and I guess fairly well too at AV Comparatives). Just in case, get Malwarebytes (the free edition is perfectly fine, just no real-time monitoring but that's fine. Just run a scan every once in awhile, like every week or month).
Link to November/December 2012 tests for the 3:

Qihoo: 360 Antivirus
AVG Antivirus Free Edition
Avast! Free Antivirus

Looking at Qihoo's scores for the past months, they've definitely started to step-up their game. The other two I find relatively stable for protection.

Then again, if you're a smart person maybe even just a copy of Malwarebytes + safe internet browsing and such will keep you safe. I honestly don't really care since I don't really notice anti-virus on my computer.

Just remember, Qihoo 360 has no english UI options, so yeah, if you can't read Chinese, don't get it.
Edited by HybridCore - 1/17/13 at 5:41pm
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I just switched from Avast Free to AVG free, because Avast made things run slower. It would take longer for programs to open up. With AVG things are snappier.
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