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Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by keystonepat, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. keystonepat

    keystonepat Guest

    Do I need additional software for adware protection if I have Windows One-Care?
     
    keystonepat, Apr 8, 2008
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  2. Sorry Keystonepat you cross posted and your other post didn't have any
    message at all, so my reply was simply, 'so what about adware'.

    To be honest I don't like Windows One Care, but it does have Windows
    defender incorporated in it as does Vista itself (One care turns off the
    Vista version, however, so it can use its own version.).

    I personally just use my Anti Virus application (Sophos Enterprise) and
    Windows defender and I haven't experienced any problems. However, other
    people do use a combination of adware software, such as Spybot search and
    destroy and Ad-Aware. Both of these are excellent free applications.

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    John Barnett MVP, Apr 8, 2008
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  3. keystonepat

    Kayman Guest

    Steer away from Windows One-Care.
    There are many good free AV applications available, and almost everyone has
    his favorite. Most of the users are emotionally attached to their av
    application and will have excellent reasons for not recommending any other
    brand.
    The most important thing here is that all of the available choices listed
    here are better in some respects than in others, and which choice is better
    for *you* depends on what you do, how you work, and which features you use.
    The way you use your PC is different from others.
    Have a look at this:
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
    and be guided accordingly.
    Good info can be obtained here:
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=20
    and here:
    http://www.av-comparatives.org/

    If the above is too deluging consider this:-
    Real-time AV applications - for viral malware.
    Do not utilize more than one (1) real-time anti-virus scanning engine!
    Disable the e-mail scanning function during installation (Custom
    Installation on some AV apps.) as it provides no additional protection. In
    fact most experts believe that scanning incoming and outgoing mail causes
    e-mail file corruption.
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPOR...88256c7500723cf0?OpenDocument&src=bar_sch_nam

    Avira AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic - Free
    http://www.free-av.com/antivirus/allinonen.html
    You may wish to consider removing the 'AntiVir Nagscreen'
    http://www.elitekiller.com/files/disable_antivir_nag.htm
    or
    Free antivirus - avast! 4 Home Edition
    It includes ANTI-SPYWARE protection, certified by the West Coast Labs
    Checkmark process, and ANTI-ROOTKIT DETECTION based on the best-in class
    GMER technology.
    http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
    (Choose Custom Installation and under Resident
    Protection, uncheck: Internet Mail and Outlook/Exchange.)
    or
    AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
    http://free.grisoft.com/
    (Choose custom install and untick the email scanner plugin.)
    or
    Kaspersky® Anti-Virus 7.0 - Not Free
    http://www.kaspersky.com/homeuser
    or
    ESET NOD32 Antivirus - Not Free
    http://www.eset.com/
    and (optional)
    On-demand AV application.
    (add it to your arsenal and use it as a "second opinion" av scanner).
    BitDefender10 Free Edition
    http://www.bitdefender.com/PRODUCT-14-en--BitDefender-8-Free-Edition.html

    A-S applications - for non-viral malware.
    The effectiveness of an individual A-S scanners can be wide-ranging and
    oftentimes a collection of scanners is best. There isn't one software that
    cleans and immunizes you against everything. That's why you need multiple
    products to do the job i.e. overlap their coverage - one may catch what
    another may miss, (grab'em all).

    SuperAntispyware - Free
    http://www.superantispyware.com/superantispywarefreevspro.html
    and
    Ad-Aware 2007 - Free
    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/products/ad_aware_free.php
    http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10045910.html
    and
    Spybot Search & Destroy - Free
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
    and
    Windows Defender - Free (build-in in Vista)
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
    WD monitors the start-registry and hooks registers/files to prevent spyware
    and worms to install to the OS.
    Interesting reading:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,136195/article.html
    "...Windows Defender did excel in behavior-based protection, which detects
    changes to key areas of the system without having to know anything about
    the actual threat."

    Good luck :)
     
    Kayman, Apr 9, 2008
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  4. im running avg free, avast,and spybot [email protected] on vista ulttimate 64.do
    istill need an adware
     
    stephen claussen, Apr 9, 2008
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  5. keystonepat

    Brink Guest

    Hi Stephen,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    You do not want to have more than one antivirus or firewall program
    installed on your computer at a time. They will usually conflict with
    each other and cause a lot of problems. Either AVG or Avast is a great
    choice to choose from. You can have as many anti-spyware/adware programs
    installed as you like though. Spybot is a great choice. Some others free
    programs to consider are listed here.

    http://www.vistax64.com/software/115872-free-software-list-vista.html

    Shawn


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    Brink, Apr 9, 2008
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  6. keystonepat

    Kayman Guest

    One (1) should be running as 'on-demand' and the other as 'real-time'.
    The effectiveness of an individual A-S scanners can be wide-ranging and
    oftentimes a collection of scanners is best. There isn't one software that
    cleans and immunizes you against everything. That's why you need multiple
    products to do the job i.e. overlap their coverage - one may catch what
    another may miss. On-demand/Real-time rule applies as well.
     
    Kayman, Apr 9, 2008
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  7. keystonepat

    Kayman Guest

    You do not want to have more than one *real-time* antivirus program
    installed on your computer at a time. You can have multiple *on-demand*
    antivirus programs installed at any time.

    On-demand AV apps:
    BitDefender10 Free Edition
    http://www.bitdefender.com/PRODUCT-14-en--BitDefender-8-Free-Edition.html
    and/or
    David H. Lipman's MULTI_AV.EXE
    http://www.pctipp.ch/ds/28400/28470/Multi_AV.exe
    http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp
    No conflict whatsoever!
    Avira AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic - Free
    http://www.free-av.com/antivirus/allinonen.html

    is *better* :)
    As long as they are *on-demand* applications.
     
    Kayman, Apr 9, 2008
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  8. keystonepat

    SG Guest

    Kayman,

    I assume it runs OK on Vista?

    "BitDefender10 Free Edition"
    "Operating platform: Windows 98/NT-SP6/Me/2000/XP IE 4.0(+)"

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    All the best,
    SG

    Is your computer system ready for Vista?
    https://winqual.microsoft.com/hcl/
     
    SG, Apr 9, 2008
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  9. keystonepat

    Kayman Guest

    Well, you answered it, didn't you.
    Google for more AV on-demand apps suitable for Vista.
     
    Kayman, Apr 9, 2008
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  10. keystonepat

    Mick Murphy Guest

    Below is the security I use, both for XP and Vista.

    I use windows firewall.

    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

    Above is a link to Avast Free 4 Home Anti-Virus
    It is low resource using, free and Vista 32bit and 64bit compatible.
    Only have one (1) anti-virus installed; more than 1 can cause conflicts.

    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

    For Spyware removal, use the above link to “Spybot Search & Destroy 1.5.2â€
    Download it, install it, update it, immunize your system and scan your
    System with it.

    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/

    For a non-scanning, but running in the background, Program to STOP Spyware
    being downloaded to your Computer, use SpywareBlaster 4, available at the
    above link.
     
    Mick Murphy, Apr 9, 2008
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  11. keystonepat

    SG Guest

    No not really. I assume when you recommended it in your reply that it worked
    with Vista and that you have tried it. When I went to their site I didn't
    see Vista listed, but that don't mean it don't work. Perhaps they haven't
    updated their OS listings yet thus my question to you. No big deal was just
    wondering.

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    All the best,
    SG

    Is your computer system ready for Vista?
    https://winqual.microsoft.com/hcl/
     
    SG, Apr 10, 2008
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  12. keystonepat

    Kayman Guest

    I was trying to explain that it is quite okay to have multiple AV
    applications installed to the OS.
    My bad re compatibility BitDefender10/Vista.
     
    Kayman, Apr 10, 2008
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  13. keystonepat

    SG Guest

    No problem, I just thought maybe what you suggested, BitDefender10 was OK on
    Vista and perhaps they hadn't updated their website info. Thanks for
    clearing up the misunderstanding.

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    All the best,
    SG

    Is your computer system ready for Vista?
    https://winqual.microsoft.com/hcl/
     
    SG, Apr 10, 2008
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  14. To find and/or deal with issues caused by any sort of "adware"
    and/or "spyware," such as Gator, Comet Cursors, Xupiter, Bonzai Buddy,
    or KaZaA, and their remnants, that you've deliberately (but without
    understanding the consequences) installed, two products that are quite
    effective (at finding and removing this type of scumware) are Ad-Aware
    SE from www.lavasoft.de and SpyBot Search & Destroy from
    www.safer-networking.org/. Both have free versions. It's even possible
    to use SpyBot Search & Destroy to "immunize" your system against most
    future intrusions.


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    Bruce Chambers, Apr 11, 2008
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