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Hi, I'm looking for recommendations on a software that does:

Anti - Spyware/Trojans/Malware/Keylogger/Adware/Spybots...

Freeware is always good, if not, is ok too.

We were using Spyware Doctor for over a year and a half. Their most recent upgrade causes the computer not able to resolve web addresses to DNS. So we're looking for an excellent replacement. If you know any, please let me know.

Thanks.
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AVG anti-spyware (formerly Ewido) is a good allround spyware scanner:

http://free.grisoft.com/doc/20/lng/us/tpl/v5

The basic edition is free...the realtime scanner requires payment.
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I agree about AVG.
I've always had great luck with running multiple suites.
My current configuration is:
AdAware
Sypbot (Select the Tea Timer option during setup)
Hijackthis
and Zone Alarm.
With this combination I haven't had any issues that I couldn't resolve.
David
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Absolutely.

I think I would add a drive cleaner like Cleanup:

http://www.stevengould.org/software/cleanup/download.html

to clear out temp. files and speed up the scanning process.
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SUPERAntispyware:
http://www.superantispyware.com/

The free version doesn't have real-time protection but it is an excellent on-demand scanner with updates all year round.
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go for AdAware

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ it does the job

the AD aware SE personal is free for personal use check this comparison site


http://netsecurity.about.com/od/popupsandspyware/tp/aatp082804.htm
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Whilst it's true that you should not install more than one av program, in my experience it is a good idea to have at least 2 anti-spyware scanners installed. I used a combination of Adaware and Spybot for a long time, and have now added AVG anti-spyware. I have had no serious infection for a couple of years.
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Without a doubt, SpyBot Search and Destroy does all that you mentioned and more than any of the above mentioned software. Home page is http://www.spybot.info/
I have used it to repair many peoples computers that had so much spyware on it that it barely ran and other products as mentioned above could not repair!
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I most definalty recommend Avast for freeware...
Spybot Search & Destroy is in my opinion, the only freeware spyware protection software.

If you want to spend some money purchase Norton Anti-Virus.
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"...Spybot Search & Destroy is in my opinion, the only freeware spyware protection software..."

Superantispyware - as referenced in rpggamergirl's post above - is now seen as the leading anti-spyware application.  Despite its terrible name, it still finds and removes far more malware than any of its competitors - including Spybot.
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As I said, "... is in MY OPINION...". I am not  attempting to bash any other programs, I do not deny that that are other programs that people say do better jobs but yet have no charts or anyway of backing it up other than straight from the website which of corse the owner will make it look good. I'm just here to give my opinion, please, please, please do not challenge it. You won't like it.

I have heard of superantispyware, I've seen it does a pretty good job of keeping computers clean. However, I still prefer Spybot S&D.
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Well sorry to challenge you again...but I think the one thing most of us will agree on is NOT to buy Norton anti-virus.  That is probably the worst software for removing viruses or keeping your computer safe.  It is slow, inefficient and will make your computer run far worse then with quite a few viruses running in the background (proven on some computers I've dug into)
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Yes indeed, the home-user version of Norton really does cause more problems than it solves...

Just one example from 1,000's of posts:

http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Norton_AntiVirus_for_Windows/994513192/1
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Hmm... You want to use Mc-Afee? Go for it. It's only slow if you buy the junk versions. I own Corporate Edition Version 10. Does not slow anything down. You see, you have to know what you are doing.

I am pulling myself out of this, and it has turned into a flame fest upon opinions.
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Whilst it is true that you get what you pay for, I think it is probably a little ambitious to expect home-users to pay $250:00 + for anti-virus software...
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Spybot Search and Destroy is by far the  best Free solution available as on date. It is even Vista Ready and does a pretty good job in finding and cleaning all the known spyware/malware etc., with updates available on a regular basis.
Website :
http://www.safer-networking.org/
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I agree with sudhish... Try it.
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Forced accept.

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