Spybot? any good free alternatives?

By deanyoung78 ยท 7 replies
Dec 19, 2005
  1. I am looking for a good spyware remover, however I have no money. I have had spybot on my computer for a long time, but it doesn't identify that many things. I downloaded XoftSpy and that found many more threats, including a nasty trojan. However, it costs money to actually fix the problem.

    Any ideas?
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Get Ad-Aware SE Personal v1.6 from www.lavasoft.de
    Its the best spyware & adware remover out there IMO, and its free too.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    with spyware removers you have to use them in combination. I use Ewido, spybot, adaware, and microsft anti spyware beta all in combo.

    Unfortunately spyware companies don't all agree on what is spyware / adware and worse some spyware companies threaten to sue spyware removers or pay them to not identify them.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    you have to use them in combination. I use Ewido, spybot, adaware, and microsft anti spyware beta all in combo.​
    Every carpenter has more than one hammer :)
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Yeah, well I use Ad-Aware SE Professional that comes with Ad-Watch. Also, I use Spybot & the TeaTimer tool that comes included. That, combined with Norton Auto-Protect ensures that nothing gets into my system. And I use all three for scanning too. So, yeah its recommended to do so. But what programs u use also depends.....But then, thats another matter. I hope u got ur problems fixed with all the help everyone's given you deanyoung78. Thats what u wanted right? :grinthumb
  6. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Posts: 96

    all i use is spybot, and ad-aware, and i have never had a problem with PC slowness, virus, trojans, etc.
    (just had to throw in my opinion)
  7. deanyoung78

    deanyoung78 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the advice

    Thanks for the advice. I've actually used spybot and Ewido. I guess it frustrates me that there is not a single thing that works properly. But then, I'm desperate with both my computers with nasty trojans and adware galore. Mind you, I had spyware blaster and that didn't do much either... lol, I'll just keep on trying, ty.
  8. deanyoung78

    deanyoung78 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    More problems with spybot

    Sorry, I seem to have posted this in the wrong place, so I'm sending it back here... lol

    Well, it seems my computer is infected with adware galore and a trojan or two, as Avast tells me I have a few versions of Trojan-gen.

    Back to Spybot. I've been trying to download updates for it, and it keeps on telling me the files are corrupted and doesn't let me download them. I finally opted to uninstall it and start over with a new version. However, it was impossible for me to reinstall Spybot. After a long time and my computer acting extra-slow, I got the following message:


    The installer you are trying to use is corrupted or incomplete.

    This could be the result of a damaged disk, a failed download, or a virus.

    You mey want to contact the autor of this installer to obtain a new copy.

    It may be possible to skip this check using the \NCRC command line switch. (NOT RECCOMMENDED).

    Anyway, don't know what to do. Any suggestions?

    Also, I downloaded AVG Anti virus and it found a trojan horse downloader.Itsbar.7.K, maybe that has something to do with it?
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