(Solved) - Hi, can i use ad-aware and spybot at same time ??(35 posts)
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Neither AdAware nor Spybot will do much for your protection. I suggest you use MSE as AV program ( http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ ) and SAS as scanner ( http://www.superantispyware.com/ ). Run SAS once or twice per week.
If you want to be extra protected, you could run Avast 5.0 together with MSE. They are running well together and have been tested together ( http://www.avast.com/lp-intern.....%20Branded ) All of the above are free.
Yes, MSE is antivirus. You should run only one antivirus program on your computer. MSE is the most popular antivirus program with many folks here at How to Geek. I've been happy with Avast free. In the past, AVG free was popular but the last few years, there have been a lot of complaints about it being a resource hog. If your computer has plenty of RAM, it may or may not be a problem. If your computer has limited rRAM, then it will be a problem.
Programs like AdAware, SAS, MBAM, and Spybot look for different kinds of nasties, mostly spyware. These are little programs or cookies that allow advertisers, etc., track your surfing habits so they can hit you with targeted advertising, spam, etc or snoop around on your computer for personal info. They are not a substitute for antivirus programs. However, one can run multiple antispyware programs (AdAware is one exception since often clashes with other antispyware programs) and it is adviseable to do so since each usually has slightly different spyware definitions; this increases the likelyhood that you will catch more nasties on your computer.
I disagree with whs' comment that Spybot doesn't do much. It has has a full time program called Teatimer that helps to block spyware from getting onto one's computer. Because of it, I get very few hits when I run my other antispyware programs.
Also, if you are still running XP, you need a better firewall than the one that comes with XP (I'm not familiar with Vista and Win7 but I heard their firewalls are much better). I use ZoneAlarm's free firewall on my computer and it does a lot to stop intrusions. It also stops programs from making unwanted phone calls home (this is especially beneficial if spyware does manage to get on your computer because it will stop it from transmitting any info back to its source). It's a pain in the neck when you first start to use it because you will get frequent popups asking if you want a program to transmit data from your computer. However, you can set it to always allow it to, to never allow it to, or to ask each time so, eventually, the popups become rare. Make sure you download only the free firewall: you don't need the paid version and the security suite is junk.
Another useful program is Secunia PSI. This is a free program that will notify you when programs you have need security updates and will assist you in making the required downloads. Many times, programs have programming flaws that will allow malware to get into your computer. The programmers of these programs often will update the programs to correct the flaws. Secunia PSI will alert you when you need to download these updates.
I run Avast free antivirus and MBAM (Malwarebytes AntiMalware), Spybot, Glary Utilities (does only a little to get rid of nasties but does help with keeping your computer in tune), and SAS (Super AntiSpyware) on my computer and have had no trouble from nasties getting on my computer.I run weekly scans of each (one program each weekday night). Secunia PSI will automatically run a biweekly scan and let you know if it finds anything out of date.
http://www.javacoolsoftware.co.....aster.html is a useful addition to your toolbox.
As to running multiple A/vs you can. My main AV is MSE but I also have Virgin Media Security RPS which is Kaspersky based. Disable the startup on your other av, run it in addition but not at the same time!
The VM package is quite good, but takes for ages to run a complete scan but it's good to do it once a week.
All this sounds like a pain, but the way the internet is going at the moment it's good to have another tool to fall back on
I'm certainly surprised to hear that MSE and Avast play well together. Everything I've read and heard in the past said otherwise.
However, I do have to say there is no way, ever, I will have Threatfire on my computers. I had it a while back. It worked fine for several months then stopped working. I tried to remove it to reinstall it and the darnedest time getting my computer to work right again. Once I got my machine working right again, I read that there were others that had the same problem.
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