An excellent free Anti-Spyware program?

By N-Guy
Apr 10, 2008
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  1. I'd like an alternative to Ad-Aware please.
    I tried the SuperAnti-Spyware, I think that's what it was called, but it uses BootSafe which I prefer not to have.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions/ideas?

    Thanks.
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +35

  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,042   +84 Staff Member

    Spybot Search & Destroy is commonly referenced as a decent free anti-spyware application.

    *Edit*

    :) Too slow, sorry Bobbye.
  4. N-Guy

    N-Guy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 153

    lol Thanks guys, but anything above decent :D?
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    spybot S&S is excellent.

    always turn off system restore if you suspect you're infected before running anti-viri and anti sypware programs. turn back on if you wish when clean.
  6. Bradderz

    Bradderz Newcomer, in training

    Spybot is very good, use that. :)
  7. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +35

    Tedster, at least that makes two of us in favor of turning off System Restore before a cleaning process begins! I have an ongoing war with some when I advise doing this- they say 'an infected restore point is better than none at all'! How do you reason with that level of thought?!
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,042   +84 Staff Member

    Maybe I'm bad at playing this computer technician game, but, I usually disable System Restore on my machines all together :p. If I'm managing someones system's for free (such as family), I'll disable their System Restore as well.
  9. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +35

    I wouldn't recommend that. SR has saved a lot of users when they know how to use it- including setting their own restore points!
  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,042   +84 Staff Member

    Meh, wasn't looking for recommendations ;).
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    many viri will regenerate from system restore. In addition SR also slows down the system AND eats hard drive space.
     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    AVG Anti-Spyware is decent, as is Windows Defender.
  13. kritius

    kritius TechSpot Guru Posts: 2,087

    Some tools like ComboFix, OTMoveIt and The Avenger could seriously damage your system if used wrong. Thats why an infected restore point is better than none at all, its one of the first things you learn when doing the anti malware training.
  14. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +35

    Well, since I haven't gone through "the" malware training, guess I'm not bound by those rules- at this point.

    However, I am not in favor of disabling the restore process all together. SR has been the salvation of many! Yes, it does take up some "space"- which can be regulated, but sometimes it's a trade-off. I'd rather keep System Restore operative than download a bunch of software programs that take up "space" to do what I can do myself within the operating system!
  15. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +35

    I have a follow up question here:
    IF the System Restore is turned off and the restore points are dropped, isn't the 'Last Known Good Configuration' still available through Safe Mode?
  16. kritius

    kritius TechSpot Guru Posts: 2,087

    Not actually sure. Ive never come across that situation before.
  17. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,042   +84 Staff Member

    I believe it does, yes. It stores a copy of the registry's hardware configuration and driver settings when the OS boots. Separate feature from System Restore as far as I know.
  18. kritius

    kritius TechSpot Guru Posts: 2,087

    Good to know, thanks zeno
  19. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +35

    This being the case, then it would be better to turn off System restore until clean?
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