I've been reading adaware isn't as recommended anymore. And it does run slow and is a bit bloated... Would you recommend binning it in favor of spywareblaster or super-antispyware? I've just been sticking to programs I've had good sucess with in the past, but I really wouldn't mind ditching it for something better.
For that matter, how about Spybot?
I used to run Spybot, and Adaware long ago, and I've tried Super-antispyware a long time ago too. In all my computing experience, personally, I've never used any of them to remove any Malware from my own machine. But I have used them to attempt to remove malware from other peoples machines, and when I did, they sort of failed miserably... meaning they didn't work well enough to enable me to fix the machine. I guess at one time, they may have worked great had I had a need to use them at that time, but nowadays, Malwarebytes, and the many other special removal software is what I depend on. As I stated before, I only have Malwarebytes, Avira, Spywareblaster, HJT and ZA protecting me. This doesn't sound like a lot, but they all do the special things that's required of them. None of them do the same thing.
I think my luck with never getting spyware though is mostly due to my using Firefox for so long. I've been using it since it was in the .3xx version, (can't really remember), but it was very early on when FF first started, or when I first became aware of FF. It was tough back then to run FF,
but I'm so glad I stuck with it.
Another thing is because long ago I ran into a site called GRC
which influenced me to learn a lot about Security on the internet. The owner of the site, Steve Gibson is very well known in the security world and reading his site led me to a reviews of firewalls. At the time, ZA was highly recommended by Steve and still is as the best free firewall of the lot. Many people don't know that ZA was responsible for flushing out one of the very first "call home" spyware. It was a children's game software made by Mattel (yup, Mattel toys) that was calling home reporting things on the user's computer. Since that time ZA became my first firewall, and I continue to use it today... although I don't use the free version anymore. As you know, the good thing about ZA is that it tells you not only when something is trying to come in, but also when something is trying to go out. This is something Window firewall has never done and that's why it and the Security Center are disabled on every machine I run. It hard to tell why I never got any malware... it might just be coincidence! Before we're done, I'm going to point you to some utilities on Steve's website to download, so remind me if I forget. Also, if you have time... a lot of it... read Steve's site... also visit his ShieldsUp site... you can get there from the main page I linked. There's so much security information, you'll be amazed, but be prepared to read... it's worth it!
To change how Services start up, just double click on the Service name, and change the Startup Type, then click on OK. Later on, check how things are running on your laptop to make sure everything runs ok. Thankfully you don't have a lot of junk, so most of the recommendations come from BlackVipers website.Red means DISABLEBlue means MANUALGreen is the HP tools
... If you're not using it, set it to Disable.