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Has anyone used Windows Defender? How does it compare to SpyBot or AdAware?

 

David

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used it. i'd say it sucks period. stay away from it! use AVG Anti-Spyware, SUPERAntiSpyware, Spybot(Optional) and an Anti-Virus of choice. Avast!, AVG, ClamWin or AntiVir

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used it. i'd say it sucks period. stay away from it!
Why do you say that?

 

I use Windows Defender and AVG Free.

 

I also use WinPatrol and I was so impressed with it I purchase the PLUS update.

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used it. i'd say it sucks period. stay away from it! use AVG Anti-Spyware, SUPERAntiSpyware, Spybot(Optional) and an Anti-Virus of choice. Avast!, AVG, ClamWin or AntiVir

I'd pretty much agree with all that (including 'Defender sucks'). Personally use AVG Free AV, Spyware Blaster and Spybot (for it's immunise and tools more than its scanning). Don't have any spyware scanner installed anymore as I never get any spyware but used to be SuperAntispyware.

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Windows Defender gets mixed, generally negative, reviews, it apparently misses a lot of stuff...that is just what I read. Some of the freeware apps appear to do the job better.

 

I use these apps, all are free unless you choose to donate; none are "hogs".

 

Active protection category:

 

AVG Antivirus

http://www.ewido.net/en/download/

 

AVG Antispyware (active?, don't know, the trial period has expired)

from

http://free.grisoft.com/doc/download-free-...pyware/us/frt/0

 

SpyBot S&D...ver 1.5 runs slower than ver 1.4, but it has more features. The Tea Timer in 1.5 takes a lot of memory, but is worth it, IMHO. Both versions are available at FileHippo:

from

http://filehippo.com/download_spybot_search_destroy/

 

SpyWareBlaster

 

SpyWareGuard, the oldest spyware app in the known universe. :lol: Uses quite a bit of memory. Never updates. Doesn't seem to do much (actually does). I don't recommend it, but do use it. Ya gotta love it.

 

Comodo Firewall, ver 2.4 I think, not ver 3, couldn't get that to work although others on this forum had better luck.

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Passive, or on demand only category:

 

AdAware

 

XoftSpySE

from

http://www.paretologic.com/xoftspy/se/newlp/xray/?uid=bsxh5

 

SuperAntiSpyware. Trial period expired, so not active now.

 

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Rootkit finders, on demand only:

 

AVG Antirootkit

 

F-Secure Blacklight

 

IceSword

 

Rootkit Revealer from Sysinternals

 

Rootkit Buster from Trend Micro.

 

Sophos AntiRootkit

 

Rootkit Unhooker

from

http://antirootkit.com/software/RootKit-Unhooker.htm

 

but you probably should get the current version quickly, Microsoft bought'em:

read here:

http://www.antirootkit.com/blog/2007/12/23...f-to-microsoft/

 

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Virtualization, sort of:

 

Sandboxie

 

Returnil

 

Powershadow...no longer free

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Hi David,

I would also recommend going to this link and Bookmarking it.

http://internetrotsyourbrain.com/rridgely/freesoftware.htm

 

As you may already know "rridgely" is one of Piriforms most respected experts,members,

Moderators,etc. He also claims to be one the oldest.He also claims that he hates computers but from what I have seen,he loves people.That is why he always gives such good advice.

 

Good Luck,

:) davey

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I use Defender and AVG Anti-Spyware free. Defender is a second line against the well known stuff, while AVG picks up the less known stuff.

 

AJ

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