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    Best free malware/spyware software

    What have you guys found is the best free malware/spyware scan and removal? My son is having some issues on his Windows 7 laptop. I don't want a scan only, but a removal software and detection too. I've got Spybot running on my PC. Is that still a good one these days? Installed it years ago.
    He already has Avast A/V software running but of course that doesn't catch everything.

    Thanks!

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    Hello kzkz:

    Spybot Search & Destroy's abilities have not kept pace with today's malware threats and its continued use can lull the user into a false sense of security.

    The free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit (MBAE) will certainly help stop exploit kits before they can take root and inflict their damages. However, an on-access scanner is needed to supplement Avast. That solution would be Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) Professional. SpywareBlaster and a thoughtfully populated HOSTS file could also go a long way towards prevention. Microsoft's EMET might be parametrized to help the more obscure applications that MBAE free doesn't cover.

    Free (on-demand) malware/spyware applications won't help you with the likes of Virut, Sality and their variants once they have infected a system. Please change your reasoning: prevention is always preferred over remediation.

    Cheers.

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    Thanks 1PW! Seems like Spotbot is always having updates. Surprised that they are not keeping up.
    So, are you recommending the free Malwarebytes Anit-Malware software?
    I agree...prevention is always preferred. <thumbs up>

    kzkz

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    I would much rather read that you purchased the Premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) for you and your son's computers so as to enjoy the Real-time protections of an on-access scanner, the Malicious Website Protections and the automatic/scheduled incremental database and program updates.

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    I am running a trial version of the Premium version to see how I like it before a purchase.

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    I personally use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium on 3 of my desktops, and on the laptop, I use Avast Free. I use even the mobile version of Avast on my tablet and smartphone. Both of these AV packages have proven to be life-savers over and over again. In all the years I've used Avast, the only issue I've had with it, is its attempts to shift me over to the Premium version. Other than that, I find both these programs to be very effective and reliable.

    I also run Ccleaner and WinPatrol from time to time, just to keep my PCs cleaner. Along with all these, as many users on this Lounge will insist, I maintain periodic images of my PCs, using Macrium Reflect. You never know when you might need to start over with your PC.
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    Thanks KritzX. Malwarebytes seems to be a great program. Haven't run it on my son's laptop yet, but using it now on mine.
    Do you use the free version of Macrium Reflect? Where does that save the image to when run?

    kzkz

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    I use the paid version of Macrium, kzkz. I save all my images on an external WD 1TB hard drive. I create images monthly, just 1 day before Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. That way, if MS's latest updates hose up my PC, I always have a fresh, problem-free image to go back to.
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    Spybot 1.62 is what I also use at home. Shofar, it's free, donations are welcome though, to them, not to me. Free versions of Avast, MalwarebytesAM, etc., while having the same database as paid versions, do not have as deep configuration options.
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    mbam is my goto program
    you will want the paid version
    worth it !!

    but i also supplement it with others

    may not be as good but cant hurt using them either
    spyware blaster
    spybot s&d
    win patrol
    norton

    maybe adware but not using it currently

    plus specialised stand alone programs
    many from microsoft
    and others for niche use

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