Let me start out by saying that I had Spybot Search & Destroy, was satisfied with it until I got the infamous fake windows security threat that kept popping up saying I had viruses, etc...
Windows Anti-malware or some such name which I had the sense to ignore (pushing yes to it each time it asked if I wanted some virus to stay active. Pushing no would have it install it's harmful software). Very annoying P.O.S.
So, because Spybot couldn't detect the fake anti-malware, I googled the name of it and found that Spyware Doctor was recommended for removing this harmful thing. I downloaded the free version and it found it--listed it by the exact name it was using....however, to remove it I had to pay for spyware doctor. So then I googled anti-virus ratings and found that spyware doctor had pretty good reviews. Exceptional review by pcmag.com (the link is below).
The Review of Spyware Doctor
I payed the $29.99 for the anti-malware feature, but saved the $10 by not getting the anti-virus added too. Wanted to see how well the anti-malware did first. First off it got rid of the fake malware detector and some other malware.
One major problem I find with it is that it bogs down the computer tremendously. Uses up a lot of CPU and space.
Another kink I ran into was the fact that I decided to run it's full-scan instead of the intelliscan. One day I found my computer to be going super slow. My first problem is the fact that it took close to 4 or 5 hours to do, I went to bed with the computer on so it could do its scan. It found viruses out the ying-yang, I believe 4 or 5 different trojans and whatnot. I clicked remove and it sent me to their website to get the added $10 feature. My computer was getting slower by the minute, it took about 5 minutes for the start menu to work at the bottom of the desktop. Then it froze on the desktop, even the mouse wouldnt move. I shut the computer off and turned it back on...........and everything was hunkydory. Computer was running fast and everything. So I'm guess this was a case of false positives? I may just be paranoid, but part of me believes Spyware Doctor purposely bogged my computer down to make the trojans seem more believable and to get me to buy the extra $10 package.
I went into that long spiel because I wanted to sort of post a synopsis about what Spyware Doctor has done for me and to get feedback on if it's worth the $29.99, but more importantly, it may be what's causing the problem to my next question. A lot shorter too.
I went to download Microsoft Security Essentials and it downloaded fine, however it said it couldn't update, therefore it could not scan. Rather, it refused to scan without a proper update. Now, I did NOT remove the Spyware Doctor, however, I did shut it down. I'm afraid to remove it because I paid for it and don't know if I can just re-download what I payed for.
The error MSE gave me told me to check my internet connection and try again. I was online at the time. It did give me an error code which I didn't think to write down or print screen it. I've since then uninstalled MSE and re-activated Spyware Doctor so I have something up, and so there's not a potential of MSE blocking SD.
So, my question is, off the top of your head, do you think Spyware Doctor, even though shutdown, was having an effect on MSE getting updates? Should I get rid of Spyware Doctor even though I payed for it, cancel the subscription, and go with something free that works better? Should I listen to pcmag.com ever again? Was Pluto really inconveniencing us being a planet?
I do plan on finishing all the steps in that guide, just ran into a kink I thought you could help with before moving on.
(On a side note, I did download AVG Free a few days ago before MSE and was having the SYSTEM (NOT .exe)error where SYSTEM appears in task manager in the Image Name and User Name columns I've seen some people have where it makes your CPU and memory usage go out of control. I uninstalled AVG and the problem fixed itself. I figure Spyware Doctor and AVG didn't like each other.)
Sorry for the lengthy post. Whoever answers, a preemptive thank you to you.
Edited by Viper8urstang, 02 July 2010 - 02:40 AM.