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Old 04-30-2009, 02:23 PM
 
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It's all a matter of opinion, it's up to the OP to decide what they want to do. Symantec will have to do more than get lucky with a new release before I recommend them.
I'm not asking you to recommend them. I am asking you to not tell someone not to use it when you haven't used it and don't know what you are talking about.

This is true for any product hardware or software. Too often I see people recommending garbage or warning against good products, and it irritates me.

We all have our triggers and this is one of mine.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It's all a matter of opinion, it's up to the OP to decide what they want to do. Symantec will have to do more than get lucky with a new release before I recommend them.
I wouldn't think building from the ground up, getting lucky.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:33 PM
 
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I am confused by Asheville Natives advice. My understanding from an email exchange with a Spybot S&D tech last year when I got one of those Russian malware's that install and gives false warnings and constant popups trying to seel you the product. What they told me as I complained about Spybot wanting to remove Ad-Aware Alert is that Ad-Aware Alert was a malware program according to them.
I even had the Lavasoft paid version of it! But alas it didn't work to stop that infection and neither did my Norton.
I ended up with AVG 8.5 and Spybot S&D as my main defense and also OEM MS defenses.
Does anyone have verifiable information on this here? I'd hate to see these people continue to be exposed because of a lack of current knowledge. There is also the possibility that RAM is compromised is't there? I'm assuming the OP ran disc cleanup and disc defragmentor.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:42 PM
 
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Ad-Aware from Lavasoft is NOT spyware. I don't find it or Spybot particularly effective though and Spybot's tea timer is annoying as hell.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:54 PM
 
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Ad-Aware from Lavasoft is NOT spyware. I don't find it or Spybot particularly effective though and Spybot's tea timer is annoying as hell.
I am not sure what the teatimer is exactly but it does take a lot of space. I would like to make the point that S&D tech did, he called it malware not spyware seeming to make a distinction between the two which I did not bother to enquire about when I referred to it as spyware. I was too busy trying to get that puter back up to think about little things like that.
What do you use?
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:29 PM
 
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I am not sure what the teatimer is exactly but it does take a lot of space. I would like to make the point that S&D tech did, he called it malware not spyware seeming to make a distinction between the two which I did not bother to enquire about when I referred to it as spyware. I was too busy trying to get that puter back up to think about little things like that.
What do you use?
Malware, spyware, trojan, etc is all the same as far as I'm concerned: bad software on your computer that in one way or another works against your best interests. Ad-Aware isn't any of that. I personally don't use any anti-spyware/malware software on my own machines but I use Malwarebytes Antimalware (malwarebytes.org) to clean lots of people's computers.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:23 AM
 
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Ad-Aware from Lavasoft is NOT spyware. I don't find it or Spybot particularly effective though and Spybot's tea timer is annoying as hell.
Ad-Aware seems to be going in the bloat direction, even the free version that you have to manually run loads a service or 2 now. Spybot still works pretty well (just don't load tea timer) but it takes forever to scan.
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:22 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I'll second those comments. Spybot S&D does work, but the TeaTimer is never loaded when I use it. AdAware is useful, too, but I have never used anything but the free version. Malwarebytes does what it's there for. I have not experienced any problems with a few hundred machines using the Windows Defender, which provides real time protection. Look for it at the Windows Update site.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I seldom use Spybot or Ad Aware these days. I wouldn't run either unless I had something nasty where it might find something the big artillery doesn't take out.
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:10 PM
 
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I seldom use Spybot or Ad Aware these days. I wouldn't run either unless I had something nasty where it might find something the big artillery doesn't take out.
I don't run it either as a matter of course. I did d/l and run both on the friends computer, they each removed a bunch of stuff, and system seemed clean.

Then I uninstalled both.
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