Getting the right anti-Spyware software

Ever downloaded something from the web and the next thing that happens, you notice something goes wrong with the computer? When something like this happens, there is a very big chance that the system has been infiltrated by a virus, spyware or adware. Everyone surely knows how dangerous viruses can be. It can shutdown the entire computer that will cost the individual a lot of money just to have it repaired. But what about spyware and adware? How dangerous are these?

Spyware are programs designed to send certain information back to the programmer. This may include bank account numbers, credit card numbers and anything else important. Someone can use this to buy items without the owner really knowing until the bill comes which is already too late to do almost anything. Adware on the other hand will show pop up ads that are really quite annoying even if the person did not log into that site. It might inform the user there is a virus in the computer even if there is none and those who click on it will get it thus causing more problems. Given that this problem has happened in homes and in offices, software companies have come out with various versions of spyware and adware programs to help get rid of it. The program will first eliminate the existing ones in the computer and then create a firewall keeping future ones from entering.

The individual will notice that some of these are free while those made by the major corporations charge a certain fee. This can either be bought from the store or downloaded from the web, which usually comes with a free trial period that will surely impress and eventually make the customer buy it. Having a software program that can fight against spyware and adware will help prevent damage from happening to the computer. In fact, since there are new threats everyday, the designers have even come up with updates that can be uploaded automatically keeping everything in check.

The person can choose to pay but given that it performs the same function, why not get the kind that is free?

One good example is Ewido designed by the Grisoft Group. It can handle spyware and adware as well as other threats such as Trojans, dialers, worms and keylogger. Spybot Search and Destroy is another popular brand. This is compatible for windows based operating systems, which has been recommended for use by both PC Magazine and PCMag.com. Adware is another known program. If the user will use this for personal things, then this can be downloaded for free. Those who use it for commercial purposes will have to pay a small fee. Those who choose to download the spyware and adware program for free should be careful. This is because there are some that are bogus and when downloaded, can cause big problems to the computer. This can be prevented by doing some research first and then deciding what to do next.

Computer security should be everyone’s concern. A simple slip up or ignoring this could be disastrous later on because the cost for repairing the unit could almost be the same as buying a new one. With that, it is up to the individual whether to get one that is free or pay a little extra to be able to feel safe at all times.

    22 thoughts on “Getting the right anti-Spyware software”

    1. A couple weeks ago my computer started saying that I was unprotected and wanted me to buy anti spyware software. I knew right away I was infected. I did a system restore and when the computer was restored I cleared all system restore points. Now the computer is running a lot better but I still have the viruses on my computer. Also sometimes for no reason when I’m on the internet a new tab will open and it will be for some random site. The other thing it does is when the computer goes idle after 10 minutes none of my icons open and I have to push the power button in on the tower to restart it. I have AVG and here are the viruses in the vault:

      1.Trojan Generic17.BOZT
      Location:System Volume Information Folder

      2. Virus Exploit.PDF
      Location: Documents and Settings/Local Settings/Temp

      3. Same as 2

      4. Trojan Generic18.T
      Location: Documents and Settings/Local Settings/Temp

      5.Trojan Cyptic.ZE
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      6. Trojan Generic18.T
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      7. Win32/Patched.DX
      Location: Windows/system32/drivers

      8. Win32/Patched.DX
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      If anyone knows how to access the folders these viruses are in so I can get rid of them please let me know. I’ve tried to access the System Volume Information Folder but it says I cannot access it. I tried booting with safe mode but the stupid screen that said make hidden folders viewable was too big for my screen and I couldn’t hit apply. I also need to know if when I find these files if they can be deleted or not. Any help is greatly appreciated and if anyone needs any more details just ask. Thanks

    2. Hi there,

      I currently have Avast! 4 Home Edition installed on my laptop, and it is thankfully, doing a great job at protecting my computer! I also have Windows Defender which I use to check and scan on my laptop for extra security.
      However, I’ve also heard that if I use MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware, then these would make my laptop’s security more secure and safe.

      Here is a list that I have gathered of the best malwarebytes softwares (from websites and yahoo q&a):

      1) Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
      2) SuperAntiSpyware
      3) Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
      4) AdwareBot (but I guess this is an anti-spyware software, right? Or shall it stay on this list?)
      5) Spybot Search & Destroy
      6) ComboFix
      7) HijackThis
      8) Sandboxie
      9) Returnil

      These are the ones that I’ve found are said to be the best, but would someone be able to tell me which two I should get? And if there are any problems if I get more than 1 of these? Also, I am interested in getting Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and SuperAntiSpyware as these are two softwares said to be the best for that extra security.

      Please let me know what you think on which one/s I should get.

      Thank you.

      Rserak08
      Hi to all,

      thank you for your answers. Now, sorry, but would you be able to let me know whether I should also install ‘Glary Utilities’, or even ‘Ccleaner’..?

      Thanks..

    3. I recently installed a program so I could see who was viewing my profile (at least I thought I could see people viewing my myspace profile)…It installed this security thing and turned out to be a load of spyware…i am running spyware doctor…ive deleted everything i can see and pretty much all of it is gone except that circle with the question mark. it keeps popping up saying i need to install an anti-virus and anti-spyware software. I have Spyware Doctor and AVG anti-virus already…I just want to know how to get the spyware off my computer..help would be greatly appreciated 🙂

    4. what is the really best best internet protection, im using CA Computer Associates Internet Security Suite but its lagging on me on updating i like it, but i reisntall it a few times and then the same problem on updating happens again, so ill try somethign new, what is recommended for anti-spyware, anti-virus, and personal firewall i like the the firewall in CA i get to chose what to block from certain sites, i dont remeber being able to do that other firewalls i used, id like something similar to what i used, help me out here i wanna be super protected with the right software

    5. A couple weeks ago my computer started saying that I was unprotected and wanted me to buy anti spyware software. I knew right away I was infected. I did a system restore and when the computer was restored I cleared all system restore points. Now the computer is running a lot better but I still have the viruses on my computer. Also sometimes for no reason when I’m on the internet a new tab will open and it will be for some random site. The other thing it does is when the computer goes idle after 10 minutes none of my icons open and I have to push the power button in on the tower to restart it. I have AVG and here are the viruses in the vault:

      1.Trojan Generic17.BOZT
      Location:System Volume Information Folder

      2. Virus Exploit.PDF
      Location: Documents and Settings/Local Settings/Temp

      3. Same as 2

      4. Trojan Generic18.T
      Location: Documents and Settings/Local Settings/Temp

      5.Trojan Cyptic.ZE
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      6. Trojan Generic18.T
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      7. Win32/Patched.DX
      Location: Windows/system32/drivers

      8. Win32/Patched.DX
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      If anyone knows how to access the folders these viruses are in so I can get rid of them please let me know. I’ve tried to access the System Volume Information Folder but it says I cannot access it. I tried booting with safe mode but the stupid screen that said make hidden folders viewable was too big for my screen and I couldn’t hit apply. I also need to know if when I find these files if they can be deleted or not. Any help is greatly appreciated and if anyone needs any more details just ask. Thanks

    6. A couple weeks ago my computer started saying that I was unprotected and wanted me to buy anti spyware software. I knew right away I was infected. I did a system restore and when the computer was restored I cleared all system restore points. Now the computer is running a lot better but I still have the viruses on my computer. Also sometimes for no reason when I’m on the internet a new tab will open and it will be for some random site. The other thing it does is when the computer goes idle after 10 minutes none of my icons open and I have to push the power button in on the tower to restart it. I have AVG and here are the viruses in the vault:

      1.Trojan Generic17.BOZT
      Location:System Volume Information Folder

      2. Virus Exploit.PDF
      Location: Documents and Settings/Local Settings/Temp

      3. Same as 2

      4. Trojan Generic18.T
      Location: Documents and Settings/Local Settings/Temp

      5.Trojan Cyptic.ZE
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      6. Trojan Generic18.T
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      7. Win32/Patched.DX
      Location: Windows/system32/drivers

      8. Win32/Patched.DX
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      If anyone knows how to access the folders these viruses are in so I can get rid of them please let me know. I’ve tried to access the System Volume Information Folder but it says I cannot access it. I tried booting with safe mode but the stupid screen that said make hidden folders viewable was too big for my screen and I couldn’t hit apply. I also need to know if when I find these files if they can be deleted or not. Any help is greatly appreciated and if anyone needs any more details just ask. Thanks

    7. When i used the Pest-Capture it informed in the scan that my computer has 138 threats its a trojan viruses!!!! But i cannot destroy them because it requires a license!!! the license got a fee!! credit card! But i don’t have it,,,,I need a free anti spyware virus software right NOW!!!! T_T

    8. A couple weeks ago my computer started saying that I was unprotected and wanted me to buy anti spyware software. I knew right away I was infected. I did a system restore and when the computer was restored I cleared all system restore points. Now the computer is running a lot better but I still have the viruses on my computer. Also sometimes for no reason when I’m on the internet a new tab will open and it will be for some random site. The other thing it does is when the computer goes idle after 10 minutes none of my icons open and I have to push the power button in on the tower to restart it. I have AVG and here are the viruses in the vault:

      1.Trojan Generic17.BOZT
      Location:System Volume Information Folder

      2. Virus Exploit.PDF
      Location: Documents and Settings/Local Settings/Temp

      3. Same as 2

      4. Trojan Generic18.T
      Location: Documents and Settings/Local Settings/Temp

      5.Trojan Cyptic.ZE
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      6. Trojan Generic18.T
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      7. Win32/Patched.DX
      Location: Windows/system32/drivers

      8. Win32/Patched.DX
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      If anyone knows how to access the folders these viruses are in so I can get rid of them please let me know. I’ve tried to access the System Volume Information Folder but it says I cannot access it. I tried booting with safe mode but the stupid screen that said make hidden folders viewable was too big for my screen and I couldn’t hit apply. I also need to know if when I find these files if they can be deleted or not. Any help is greatly appreciated and if anyone needs any more details just ask. Thanks

    9. When i used the Pest-Capture it informed in the scan that my computer has 138 threats its a trojan viruses!!!! But i cannot destroy them because it requires a license!!! the license got a fee!! credit card! But i don’t have it,,,,I need a free anti spyware virus software right NOW!!!! T_T

    10. A couple weeks ago my computer started saying that I was unprotected and wanted me to buy anti spyware software. I knew right away I was infected. I did a system restore and when the computer was restored I cleared all system restore points. Now the computer is running a lot better but I still have the viruses on my computer. Also sometimes for no reason when I’m on the internet a new tab will open and it will be for some random site. The other thing it does is when the computer goes idle after 10 minutes none of my icons open and I have to push the power button in on the tower to restart it. I have AVG and here are the viruses in the vault:

      1.Trojan Generic17.BOZT
      Location:System Volume Information Folder

      2. Virus Exploit.PDF
      Location: Documents and Settings/Local Settings/Temp

      3. Same as 2

      4. Trojan Generic18.T
      Location: Documents and Settings/Local Settings/Temp

      5.Trojan Cyptic.ZE
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      6. Trojan Generic18.T
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      7. Win32/Patched.DX
      Location: Windows/system32/drivers

      8. Win32/Patched.DX
      Location: System Volume Information Folder

      If anyone knows how to access the folders these viruses are in so I can get rid of them please let me know. I’ve tried to access the System Volume Information Folder but it says I cannot access it. I tried booting with safe mode but the stupid screen that said make hidden folders viewable was too big for my screen and I couldn’t hit apply. I also need to know if when I find these files if they can be deleted or not. Any help is greatly appreciated and if anyone needs any more details just ask. Thanks

    11. Have you ever heard of or experience some software company offering free virus/spy scan. When all they detect are the spyware they put into your computer when you download it. Meanwhile claiming that their software is the only one capable of removing it. (of course they put it in ther right). But of course you have to pay to get their own cookies off your computer.
      Who else thinks some (not all) of them are frauds???

    12. Okay, here’s everything: Spyware Guard 2008 has been on my computer for about a week. I’ve tried getting rid of it. Obviously, I’ve been unsuccessful. The only way it’s affected my computer (that I know of) is that it moves slower, and that I’m redirected to a new site every time I use a search engine. Oh, and almost every time I’ve tried to go to a site for anti-spyware or anti-malware software, the page won’t display.

      From what I’ve seen, the two programs recommended the most are SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes. I’ve downloaded Malware bytes, installed it, but it won’t open. I’ve tried opening it in Safe Mode, but when I do, my computer freezes when I go to log in. Spyware Guard 2008 has pretty much disabled me from downloading SuperAntiSpyware – it’s just not happening.

      So now, I’m not looking for something free, I’ll pay if I have to. First, is there anything that I could go out and buy from the stores to fix the problem? Because that it what I’d like to do right now. Or is the software that can fix this only available through online download? I mean, am I gonna HAVE to go through the hassle of downloading the programs onto another computer, and getting them onto mine with a memory stick?

      If you can help, thanks 🙂
      My computer is a Windows XP, if that matters at all.

    13. I have this problem, I usualy remove all the spyware and malware from the computer. , I havent download anything for weeks, and i get over 300 infection, I had 3 anti-spyware. Defender Pro, Spybot, And AD-Aware, all three of them sucked. Defender pro can scan alot of regristy keys, but some of them are impossible to delete, Downloadware is my biggest problem. I can’t remove it all, and even if i did, they come back. Spybot only detects up to 5 infections, but i kno theres alot more than that. AdAware constantly crashes, even while scanning, It found 281 infections, I managed to remove all of them, but when i reboot my pc. The computer crashes, and the same spyware comes back.

      Do you kno where i can get to the folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareInternet ExplorerActiveX Compatibility.
      At least defender can tell me the location of the spy ware. So if something cant be deleted I’ll delete myself

      I’m sorry, people say I’m the computer whiz, I wish they were right..

      Any software?
      What Freeware, anti spyware program do you reccomend?

      I dont want them to come back.

    14. When I try to download security that will clean out the virus/adware, a big red box pops up telling me I am entering a “potentially dangerous” site. Then at the bottom, it gives two choices: “Continue without protection” and “Buy product now.” Thanks for all of the answers so far, but, they haven’t helped (b/c I can’t download b/c it’ll block the site).

    15. I play this game called Zwinky. The problem is that it has malware and adware. Can I get rid of the malware and adware but still have Zwinky?

    16. am having and annoying problem with my computer

      A new icon has appeared on my task bar, it is circle shape that flashes between a blue question mark and a red ‘no entry’ sign. When I right click or left click on it it brings up this web site http://www.spylocked.com/?aff=334

      I have no idea how this got on my computer and don’t know how to make it go away. Also every few minutes a speach bubble appears from the above mentioned icon sayine ‘System Alert’ The system has detected a number of active spyware applications that may interfere with your computer performance. Click on the icon to download the most recent anti spyware software.’ I have tried the remove programmes thing in the control panel but it didn’t show up in the list. I also have webroot spy sweeper and macro anti virus but their not detecting anything!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I don’t have a clue about computers so any suggestions ??????

    17. On my lower tool bar-far right from the “START” tab, there have been not less than four companies download their spyware icons beside my “audio controls” etc. They began after I was researching a legal doc and tried to close them when they poped up on that site…they blocked the content. Once I clicked to close the pop up, they quickly downloaded the software and I could not terminate the session.

      They are from Virus Ranger, Anti Spyware shield, SpywareAlert…and they pop up every couple of minutes, asking for my credit card to “correct” my computer-

      Regardless of whether I am on the Internet or simply working on a word document, they pop up. It is the most aggregious invasion of personal property I have ever seen. The programs do not show up under the Control Panel “Add and Remove Programs and I do not have and have not found a way to get rid of the icons.

    18. I researched that these little adds that pop up on my computer in random places are called adware. I really want to know if there is anything that I can do about this to get them off of my computer. I already have Norton 360 and Malwarebytes on my computer to help. This does nothing for adware though. PLEASE HELP!!!. I would be SOOO eternally grateful!

    19. I just got spyware off my computer and I used many anti spyware programs. I’m using windows defender right now but I’m still having issues with my files. Sometimes when I do things like click itunes, clear IE’s cache, or use the search program on my computer, I get a blue screen. It gives some error saying a driver has been over run and it could be a stack – based buffer. I have no idea with that means and I’m sick of this happening. I’ve tried everything, I mean it too. The error told me I should un install any new hard or software. I did all the ones I could remember, still didn’t work. Now I want to do a system recovery. I want everything off my computer expect for all the files needed for it to work properly. I don’t have a windows XP recovery disc because I lost the one my computer came with. My friend has one and he used it on his. It re installed windows XP for his Dell computer. Will it work on my HP computer? I have Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

    20. what are some good spyware and adware removers?
      i dont want you to go and google ‘spyware + adware removers’
      i want ones that you guys used before with experience.

    21. I have avast! for anti-virus and it is probably good for a resident application. I know that one shouldn’t run two general purpose anti-malware apps at once. But there are specialized ones or maybe applications/software that deals with problems that others don’t deal address. How does one know the right or best set of software to have and use? Can I get recommendations for a complete package?
      Thanks,
      Bruce
      How does one know if these packages can all be installed together without causing problems? Is it just anti-virus programs that you need to run individually? For example, you wouldn’t run avast and Norton Antivirus, that would cause problems. It seems like you can have several anti-spyware, anti-malware apps running at the same time without problems. It’s not always clear about this. Can someone help me understand?

    22. Some unneeded software advertisements for anti-spyware got on my computer at the bottom at the right hand corner and I can not remove it. It is always comming up with a message about spy war and viruses that I have. When check with Yahoo Anti-spyware, I removed what was dangerous and also Yahoo Anti-Spyware had the two advertise sites as medium threat. I eliminated them yesterday. I now also have tabs/buttons below my Yahoo Web Search at the top that are all for this unneedd and not wanted antispyware. How do I remove those buttons

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