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hughofbardfield

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I've searched for advice on this Forum, and can't really find an answer to what is a very simple question.

I run Windows XP updated to the latest service pack and updates. I currently use Avast Antivirus, Windows Defender and IObit Advanced Systemcare. I use the Windows Firewall as I had been advised this was sufficient for my needs (after ZoneAlarm caused everything to go slow...) I used to run Webroot antispyware on the recommendation of my PC supplier, but also seemed to cause conflicts and go-slows, as did AVG (which I replaced with Avast).

I have read that IObit is "rogue", although it seems to work fine on my system and seems to do an OK job on cleaning up after me. However, I have read on this forum that SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes are better software. Should I install these instead? Is it safe to leave IObit in place?

I don't download more than the occasional video clip, don't use P2P sites and mostly just use the PC for email and information surfing. I mostly use Firefox (latest version) with No-Script and WebOfTrust, but we have to occasionally use IE as my work email isn't optimised for Firefox and my wife prefers IE (for some reason).

Advice gratefully received...
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Hi, IOBit is a known thief that has stolen Malwarebytes' definitions to use in its own anti-malware program. Source: http://forums.malwar...showtopic=29681
I would install Malwarebytes and SAS, they don't offer real time protection so you can just run each one once a week or so.
Windows Defender doesn't really do much besides use up resources.
Avast is a great antivirus, I would install a firewall, as they are necessary in today's computing days. A good free one is Comodo.
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Malwarebytes and SAS do offer real-time protection, but they are only in the paid versions. Personally I would use Microsoft Security Essentials it does very well. But if Avast works, then there's no point in removing it. Although I wouldn't trust IOBIT ether. It's probably already getting much better, by stealing other software info on your system. :) Now for a firewall comodo does alright.

Edited by Buttons1, 16 March 2010 - 02:43 PM.

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