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capeseashell

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I have a emachines t6216 with a amd athlon proc 3200, which is the best anti spyware program to download free? I also have Trend Micro for virus protection. My pc is NOT a workhorse.

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What is the best FREE spyware protection for me?i have an emachine t6216 w/AMD athlon 64 proc 3200, this pc is NOT a workhorse. I also have Trend Micro as my virus protection.
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capeseashell,

There are a number of good products out there. I'm going to post my standard prevention speech, which lists some of these products, as well as gives you some good reading about protecting yourself.

The following is a list of tools and utilities that I like to suggest to people. This list is full of great tools and utilities to help you understand how you got infected and how to keep from getting infected again.
  • Spybot Search & Destroy - Uber powerful tool which can search and annhilate nasties that make it onto your system. Now with an Immunize section that will help prevent future infections.
  • AdAware - Another very powerful tool which searches and kills nasties that infect your system. AdAware and Spybot Search & Destroy compliment each other very well.
  • SpywareBlaster - Great prevention tool to keep nasties from installing on your system.
  • SpywareGuard - Works as a Spyware "Shield" to protect your computer from getting malware in the first place.
  • IE-SpyAd - puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all.
  • ATF Cleaner - Cleans temporary files from IE and Windows, empties the recycle bin and more. Great tool to help speed up your computer and knock out those nasties that like to reside in the temp folders.
  • Windows Updates - It is very important to make sure that both Internet Explorer and Windows are kept current with the latest critical security patches from Microsoft. To do this just start Internet Explorer and select Tools > Windows Update, and follow the online instructions from there.
  • Google Toolbar - Free google toolbar that allows you to use the powerful Google search engine from the bar, but also blocks pop up windows.
To find out more information about how you got infected in the first place and some great guidelines to follow to prevent future infections you can read this article by Tony Klein.

Edited by sari, 01 March 2007 - 10:00 AM.

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Use Spybot Search and Destroy followed by Lavasoft AdAware SE Personal. Those two are legit programs that do not produce false positives. You can also download SpywareBlaster for real-time protection.

Edited by Jesse R. Bassett, 07 March 2007 - 06:58 PM.

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Thats my prevention speech and it is woefully out of date. There are far better tools available now. Spybot is a great tool and once it was the standard by which everything else was measured. Adaware is supposed to be coming out with an update soon, until then I wouldn't recommend it, period.

Spywareblaster is not "real time" protection, it is resident protection. It only stops you from downloading known bad activex components, it should not be considered a one stop approach to protection.

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