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By billyellis
Mar 12, 2009
  1. AntiSpyware programs

    I recently went through the revised 8 steps and I have an anti-spyware question.

    I installed SUPER-Antispyware and Malwarebytes as suggested in the procedure.

    Older versions of the 8 steps used to recommend Ad-Aware and Spybot, which I still have. Can someone please clarify what aaservice.exe is doing? Is it "real-time" protection? If so I will stick with Ad-Aware I guess, since SUPER AS does not offer real-time protection in the free version.

    But if aaservice.exe is not doing anything to protect me unless I actively run a scan, I will just go ahead and stop that service, since the 2 new programs can do the same thing. Plus I still have Spybot's resident program (tea timer) always running and blocking registry changes until I allow them.

    So should I keep Ad-Aware's aaservice.exe running at startup?

    If AAW is not running real-time protection, are there any good anti-spyware programs that do run real-time protection in the free version, unlike SAS?

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. billyellis

    billyellis TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 155

    Am I asking this in the wrong place? If so, could someone please move it to the correct forum for me? Thanks.
     
  3. kritius

    kritius TS Guru Posts: 2,084

    Spybot has it, as does winpatrol.

    Bit out of touch with them all now as I don't use anything.
     
  4. billyellis

    billyellis TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 155

    Thanks kritius.

    I have disabled Ad-Aware, but I just feel so naked without it.

    I wish I knew why the recomendations changes from Spybot and Ad-Aware to SUPER Antispyware and Malwarebytes :confused: but I assume there were good reasons.
     
  5. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Maniac Posts: 560

    SAS (SuperantiSpyware) has some extra inclusions and generally picks up more than Spybot. Also SAS picks p what Ad-aware picks up so it generally does the same job. Its nothing to drastic.

    Malwarebytes i think was added as more of the Malware side and also the increased detections of Xp Antivirus (2008/09) which Malwarebytes is very good at getting rid of.

    Overall not to many changes so you actually get better protection from the new programs than the old.

    Due to this if you have SAS then i would uninstall ad-aware as its slower than SAS and wont give you as much. Plus it has Tea Timer...but that's not so great :D
     
  6. billyellis

    billyellis TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 155

    Thanks rev_olie. That is pretty much what I was looking for.

    Ad-Aware is definitely slower and slower with each new update, so getting rid of it will not be a problem for me if SuperAS is doing the same job more or less. I will probably keep Spybot for now because it does seem to do a good job at blocking registry changes without express consent, which I like. But if anyone knows of any problems using SAS, MAB and Spybot together, please post a note here. Thanks!

    And apologies if my abbreviation of Super Anti Spyware to the acronym "SAS" threw anyone off. My stats questions I post elsewhere. :D
     
  7. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Maniac Posts: 560

    Ha-ha most people do so no worries i think from most people

    There is no problems with using them together as far as I'm aware other than Spy-bot blocking some actions of the other 2 for a while.
    Also do you possibly mean MAM instead of MAB...which I'm pretty sure was a band...or an ice lolly :stickout:
     
  8. billyellis

    billyellis TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 155

    Oops - I meant MBAM (install file is "mbam-setup.exe"), which I am guessing stands for MalwareBytes AntiMalware. I knew there was an "m" and a "b" and and "a" in there, but I forgot the second "m" and messed up the letter ordering. :eek:
     
  9. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Maniac Posts: 560

    Ah i see were you got it from now :stickout: aah well at leat we know now :D
     
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