Free Anti-Malware/Spyware recommendations anyone?

Discussion in 'Technical' started by chelloveck, May 2, 2012.


  1. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I'm running Windows 7 with AVG (free edition) as my OS and antivirus software...any recommendations for a reasonably effective free Malware / Spyware software application?
     
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    On W7 and XP:
    spybot search and destroy
    Malwarebytes
    Spyware Terminator
    Also use AVG running in the background on both OS.

    On Vista:
    Norman (NOT Norton)
    Avira

    All free. I've had interferences between a couple that don't play well together, and have corrected that by using them on different machines. Just now, I forget which is what.

    Norman is very effective, but is LONG winded; I run it only once in a long while, and only on the Vista machine.
     
  3. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    +1 Malwarebytes
    +1 Spybot S&D
    I have Norton 360 running in the background...Malwarebytes also actively blocking.
     
  4. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    I am a spybot s&d user
     
  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Linux
     
  6. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Thankyou for your suggestions

    Thankyou for your suggestions....the blurbs and self serving merchandising propaganda online is quite bewildering....It's nice to get some info from people who have actually run the software on their systems and have practical experience with their malware / spyware applications's vices and virtues.

    Your collegial help is much appreciated : )
     
  7. Redneck Rebel

    Redneck Rebel Monkey++

    Spybot S&D for the browser immunizations
    Malwarebytes for routine scans (run in safe mode)
     
  8. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    ESET has a nice scanner/removal tool free for use online.

    Picked up a nice Toughbook for $50 (Normally a 3K laptop) because it had a nasty virus.
    Took over 2 hours, but with the use of ESET scanner and some data from Symantec on actual files names, it cleaned up nicely.

    SO, now have a nice laptop. ESET is a great product that the vendor has out there for no charge.
     
  9. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    I use AVG and Spybot S&D
     
  10. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Super Anti Spy-ware, Malwarebytes, CCleaner, IObit, Advanced System Care are all pay and have free versions also.
     
  11. Conagher

    Conagher Dark Custom Rider Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Malwarebytes and Combofix are the two main ones I use to ensure a system is clean.

    For a root kit checker, I use Kaspersky TDSS anti-rootkit tool.
     
  12. carly28043

    carly28043 Monkey+

    I like Avira free, Malwarebytes, and Spybot. They all play well together and are not resource hogs. You get one add to buy Avira only when it is done updating. None of these have extra adds or trackers which seems to be an issue with alot of adware and spyware programs. I also keep Hijack This and Combofix installed just in case. I run a Hijack This scan periodically just to be sure everything is okay.
     
  13. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    And now I notice that I'm not the only one using several AV setups. Is there not ONE that does it all? So far, I don't think so ---
     
  14. carly28043

    carly28043 Monkey+

    The ones that even come close to doing it all are complete resource hogs.
     
  15. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    avast free
     
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