Microsoft AntiSpyware for windows 98?

Posted on 2005-04-12
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I find Microsoft AntiSpyware is very good coz I'm using it now with my XP Pro computer. Unfortunately when I want to install it on a windows 98 computer, it says only support Windows 2000 and XP. Does anyone know any good antispyware (free) for windows 98? Or better if anyone know there's any version of microsoft antispyware that support 98?
Question by:letsk77

    Author Comment

    Just some comment, I find Microsoft AntiSpyware so good because it gives me live protect, that means if any website try to install something to my registry or something, it will prompt a warning message with detail asking for permission if I allow this changes or not.

    The other good thing is the scanning. It scan quite detail, and allows me to make decision whether to remove, quarantine etc with the found spyware.

    Most of the free antispyware didn't have these function (like Ad aware etc)
    LVL 12

    Accepted Solution

    Here are some tips, to reduce the potential for spyware infection in the future,
    It's strongly recommended to install the following applications:

        * Spywareblaster <= SpywareBlaster will prevent spyware from being installed -

        * Spywareguard <= SpywareGuard offers realtime protection
          from spyware installation attempts.

        * How to use Ad-Aware to remove Spyware
          <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer,
          here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Ad-Aware.

        * How to use Spybot to remove Spyware
          <= If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer,
          here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Spybot.
          Similar to Ad-Aware, I strongly recommend both to catch most spyware.

        * Run CWShredder - to remove numerous variants of {KoolWebSearch}
            {CWShredder - "stand-alone"} -

    To protect yourself further:

        * IE/Spyad <= IE/Spyad places over 4000 websites and domains
          in the IE Restricted list
          which will severely impair attempts to infect your system.
          It basically prevents any downloads (Cookies etc) from the sites listed,
          although you will still be able to connect to the sites.

        * MVPS Hosts file <= The MVPS Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file
          with one containing well know ad sites etc.
          Basically, this prevents your computer from connecting to those sites
          by redirecting them to which is your local computer

        * Google Toolbar <= Get the free google toolbar to help stop pop up windows.

    I also suggest that you delete any files from "temp", "tmp" folders.
    In Internet Explorer, click on "Tools" => "Internet Options" => "Delete Files"
    and select the box that says "Delete All Offline Content" and click on "OK" twice.
    Also, empty the recycle bin by right clicking on it and selecting "Empty Recycle Bin".
    These steps should be done on a regular basis.

    And also see TonyKlein's good advice
    So how did I get infected in the first place?

    Just some info.

    Author Comment

    so you recommend to use BOTH spywareblaster and spywareguard? Is there a single one spyware software that could do the job? I personally like the microsoft antispyware very much, just...too bad, it was meant for 2000 or XP only. And i find Spybot not that  good coz the spyware definition is quite limited, and the removal of Adware is not that complete. I haven't try spywareblaster or spywareguard yet. But hopefully i just use one is enough.

    Expert Comment

    I'm a  technical support representative (PC Safety  dept. - viruses and spyware) from microsoft and about your question, there's no MAST (Microsoft antispyware tool) available for win 98. If you try to call our dept., we only recommend lavasofts ad-aware and Spybot S&D. Try to call us by the way, it's free! 1-800-936 -4900 and tell the agent that you wanted to be connected to the viruses and spyware department.
    LVL 12

    Expert Comment


    How many of these things you use depends on your computer -
    processor speed, amount of memory, disk space, etc..
    I would run as many as I can without "bogging  down" system performance.
    At the moment I run all off them including MS Anti-spyware (Win 2000) -
    no problems.
    You do not need to have Spybot S & D or Ad-Aware running at startup -
    just run them every so often to clean things.
    One catches things that the other one doesn't.
    Either Spyware Blaster or Spyware Guard would help - or both.
    There doesn't appear to be any single app that's 100% effective.  :)


    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

    Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
    - Increase transparency
    - Onboard new hires faster
    - Access from mobile/offline

    As more computers now shipped with 64-bit version of Windows, more users are now using this Operating System.  So it's important to be aware how some 32-bit diagnostic tool works on these systems, so we know what to expect when analyzing the logs an…
    Ransomware continues to be a growing problem for both personal and business users alike and Antivirus companies are still struggling to find a reliable way to protect you from this dangerous threat.
    Migrating to Microsoft Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular for organizations both large and small. If you have made the leap to Microsoft’s cloud platform, you know that you will need to create a corporate email signature for your Office 365…
    Access reports are powerful and flexible. Learn how to create a query and then a grouped report using the wizard. Modify the report design after the wizard is done to make it look better. There will be another video to explain how to put the final p…

    737 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    17 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now