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    Need replacement suggestion for Spybot SD

    Hi.
    I've been running Spybot on my machine for quite a while, but the latest version shows an error message when I try to install it (unable to download some file - can't remember which one). It then takes several database updates before the entire database shows as updated. As a result, I no longer trust this app on my machine (running Win 7 Pro, SP1) and have deleted it.

    I'm looking for a spyware detection app (preferably freeware) to replace Spybot. This app will be run on demand (not full time), and will be used solely to detect and remove spyware.

    These are the other security programs that I currently use:

    Avast Antivirus: This is active full-time.

    Ad-Aware antivirus: I run this on demand; it is not active full time.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: I run this on demand; it is not active full time.

    TDSS rootkit removing tool: I run this on demand; it is not active full time.

    Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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    Personally, I'd stick with Malwarebytes scans.
    Spybot stopped being useful 5-10 years ago (IMHO)!
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    Nice exclamation to emphasize your humble opinion.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    ...Spybot stopped being useful 5-10 years ago...
    Cannot agree with that. I regularly use Spybot along with MBAM, ADWcleaner, etc., to clean malware/PUPs off customers' computers. What one doesn't find, one of the others does.
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    You also have MSRT which will give you a choice of Quick, File and Full scans which you can manually run by going Start - type mrt.exe and press enter.

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    Use S&D lots years ago, back in the days of XP & gave it to clients, as well. (And Adaware... lost interest in both.) But, something sure made me stop using it or recommending it, too long ago to remember specifics. Ever since, am extremely comfortable w/ & enthusiastic about Malwarebytes & SpywareBlaster... aside from or additionally to a good security programme, of course. Strongly recommend these things over others.

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    First, in response to Paul's reply to BATcher, please assume that all of my opinions are humble (saves wear and tear on the !).

    As for the other replies, I will take a look at ADWcleaner, MSRT, and SpywareBlaster to see if they'll do the trick. Thanks.

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    I've been using Spybot S&D 1.62 for years. A couple of times, installed, then within a few days, removed Spybot 2.x. Spybot and SpywareBlaster together work quietly in the background; unless one schedules Spybot auto-update [data not version] and/or auto-scan.
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    I used Spybot S&D for years, but I uninstalled it in the end; I can't remember why now, but I do remember there was a reason. The memory plays tricks at my age...though I did like the hidden chess game. I also got rid of AdAware when it started installing a background service; I hate things that do that. But hey, that's just me.

    Now I rely on Avast!, Malwarebytes and Spywareblaster by Javacools, now Brightfort.
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    Interesting, Tony. Seems I'm not the only one who lost enthusiasm for SpybotS&D AND AdAware. I did use Avast for years & recommended it to clients.... still, think it's ok. I guess, over the years & from working w/ many clients, their machines & their issues and my own personal use, for one reason or another, one develops preferences. So, except for using WD, I, absolutely, agree, as I said myself a few posts back... a good security programme (yes, I do feel WD is good), Malwarebytes and SpywareBlaster.

    I will, just, add for those, possibly, unfamiliar the difference between Malwarebytes (Free version) and SpywareBlaster (Free version). Malwarebytes is, arguably (one of) the very best on-demand products available to find AND deal w/ 'nasties' after they are in a machine and that is reactive. As an IT Consultant I always urge Folks to be pro-active and encourage prevention. SpywareBlaster works in real-time in an effort to stop 'nasties' getting in, in the 1st place. All the free SpywareBlaster means is its updating has to be done manually by the End User as opposed to auto-updating.

    When it comes to malware scanners, yes, we have oft said, "can never have too much protection" and "they don't all look for or find the same things". And back in the days of XP, we gave people a 'team' of utilities to fight the 'nasties'. The criminals who write malicious code probably will always exist but... We do have better resources to fight them than we did, browsers are more secure & Operating Systems are more secure. Sadly, and my fellow Techs will agree, there is one component that undermines computer security, is a contributing factor to these issues, that does not get better and that is found about 35 to 50 cms in front of the screen. Yes, no offence to anyone but, (some) End Users are a challenge to internet security. Yet, while they can be their own worst enemy, they, also, do have the power to be malware's worst enemy or best fighter.

    Have AND USE DAILY good security software, keep things up to date (utilities, definitions & WUs) and have good surfing habits*. I have had many customers ask, "Oh, wkly or monthly" when regularly is suggested... no that is occasionally. No, there is bad stuff floating about all the time so you fight against it all the time.

    * Porn sites & uTorrent are not safe (period) nor any P2P Shared Service.

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    I should add, Drew, and for the OP, that I'm still using XP and I've been kept safe all these years. Mind you, I do practise safe hex.

    Incidentally, Malwarebytes have an anti-rootkit tool in beta; I've used it and it works, though it didn't find anything. Not that that proves anything

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    Almost all security programs now offer some rootkit scan and/or protection. [Ortho's been doing that for years]
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    For my business I am using two laptops, one of which runs Windows 8.1 and is mostly used in the office to write reports and process graphics and videos. I am running Windows Defender, as well as Malwarebytes Pro, and Hitman Pro. All are running resident and automatically perform scans in the middle of the night.

    My second laptop, a Windows 7 road warrior work horse, gets interfaced with many diagnostic tools via USB. it is put into standby mode many times a day and I can't afford the lag time presented by many utilities while restarting. This machine runs Microsoft Security Essentials (very low overhead) and gets manually scanned with MBAM each evening. One of the companies I service requires that reports be submitted via their web interface and requires Internet Explorer 8 or lower, and Java, so needless to say, this machine sees very little web activity, and daily manual scanning is a necessity due to the potential vulnerabilities.

    For personal use, my iPad works well for just about any of my needs.

    Knock on wood, these combinations have worked very well to keep me secure from threats. Everyone's situation and usage is different so there is no magic bullet that will work for everyone. It depends on how you use your machine and the intentional or unintentional risks you are exposed to.

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    I have some questions regarding this:

    What is MSRT? (Malicious Software Removal Tool?)

    Is the Avast being referred the antivirus, antimalware or both?

    My current items are Avast Antivirus, Windows Firewall, Spybot S&D 2.x, Malwarebtyes Free, and SpywareBlaster.

    What are others opinion of SuperAntiSpyware running in background? (When I had it installed I did not have set to run when Windows started, only using on-demand.)
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    I support about 400 local small businesses and family and student use computers. Viruses have been a serious problem for about ten years. Presently, 60% of all computer support is about viruses. Regularly using a range of anti-virus products, the mainline tools for me are AVG for viruses and Malwarebytes (MBAM) for adware. My choice of AVG is supported by testing reports; refer to
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