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Please recommend Free Spyware or Adware

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1. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Now that I'm using Firefox as my browser, I probably will get less spyware, etc. into my system. But I'd like to do a little "PC cleaning."

Which programs could I download and use free? Do I need a "spyware" and "adware" program, or just one?

If you know the link to get the program that would be great, if not just post the name of the program that you'd recommend (if you know it's free) and I'll find it at download.com or somewhere.

Thanks, Travel100

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

www.spybot.info
and lavasoft

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

www.spybot.info
and lavasoft

Thanks, would I want both or just 1 of the 2? Do they do the same thing?

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I downloaded both, thanks. I guess I'll use both, maybe they find different things.

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

I'm currently using Microsoft Antispyware.

6. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

one is spyware the other adware. use both

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

one is spyware the other adware. use both

Word.

And you might want to download ZoneAlarm and AVG Anti Virus too. I use them and they're pretty good.

8. Posted by el.moe (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

im using Ad-Aware SE
its free and good i think.

moritz

9. Posted by el.moe (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

just recognized thats lavasoft is the brand. and ad-aware their product.
so its the same..

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

one is spyware the other adware. use both

Nearly completely incorrect. Both "AdAware" and "Spybot Search & Destroy" scan for all kinds of malware (the general term for adware, spyware and other things like that), and for most anything that matters, the overlap between what they find is something like 95%. That said, each finds at least a few things that they other doesn't find, so running them both can be helpful.

Just don't let these programs trick you into running automatically all the time, or into signing up for any services, as the few times I've ran them (helping other people, I've never let them touch my own computers), they seemed nearly malware in that aspect themselves.

Once they've run once and removed all the malicious stuff, and as long as you're using Firefox and running regular windows updates, you shouldn't need to run them again more than once every few months, if that.