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Best free anti-spyware program

Hi

I am running Windows XP. At the moment, I am using AVG Anti-virus which also includes an anti-spyware component.

I was just wondering what experts' opinion on this product was? Is there a better anti-spyware program (AD-Aware etc) I should buy too?

Thanks.
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I use Spybot Search and Destroy http://www.safer-networking.org/ and Spywareblaster http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html along with Avast Anti-virus.  All free.
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I agree with Dave about Avast....  It is very good.   Another good choice for AV is Avira.   It has a number of very good reviews.
AVG 2011 recently came best of breed in a comparison test featured in a UK magazine, protecting against 100% of the in the wild viruses and malware thrown at it.

As an additional tool, the real-time protection offered by Spybot Search and Destroy, together with the Malwarebytes free version for scanning makes a great combination.

All free!
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I completely agree with dstewartjr, and also fully recommend MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials).
I own a computer shop that specializes in virus removal.  We use Avast Antivirus and Microsoft Security Essentials.  Both of them do a really good job at keeping viruses off of the computer.  However, Avast is our preferred one for assisting in removing a virus from a computer and is one of the best ones for external hard drives.

AVG has gotten a lot better, but we still see a lot of computers with AVG installed that have viruses.  We have not had a lot of luck with it -- free or paid versions.

Personally, I use Avast Antivirus and Norton Antivirus 2011, depending on the purpose and use of the computer.  The ones that the kids use get Norton.
I would also vote for MSE this is now in version 2 available. Microsoft doesn't have to sell you something, so they can keep that tool quiet. In contrast to those "please buy the pro version" tools.

This is new with version 2:

Windows Firewall integration – During setup, Microsoft Security Essentials will now ask if you would like to turn the Windows Firewall on or off.
Enhanced protection for web-based threats – Microsoft Security Essentials now integrates with Internet Explorer to provide protection against web-based threats.
New protection engine – The updated anti-malware engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance.
Network inspection system – Protection against network-based exploits is now built in to Microsoft Security Essentials.

Tolomir
This are all new features:

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/mse-version-2-released-additional-features/

just check the green marks.
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Thanks all..

Looking around Avast Free seems to contain anti-virus only, whereas AVG Free contains AV plus anti-spyware etc.

Would you guys recommend -

i) Avast Free + MSE
ii) AVG + MSE
iii) AVG only (since it seems to contain an anti-spyware component)

Thanks again!
Another vote for MSE because it works and it's very unintrusive.  
MSE only, you shouldnt run(or need to) more than 1 solution at a time
Do not use more than one AntiVirus at a time as they will interfere with each other.
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Thanks all, and last question - will MSE remove tracking cookies etc or do I need something like AD-Aware for that?
u can try

SuperAntispyware,Ad-Aware SE, Personal Edition,MalwareBytes Anti Malware,cw shredder
It seems to remove tracking cookies, but lists them as "low-risk files".  Adaware has become outdated and doesn't do much anymore.
I use ccleaner for cookies. The free and well known Crap Cleaner is perfect for this task. It can even clean flash cookies and such. Www.ccleaner.com
I suggested a combination of antimalware bytes, free edition to remove malware.
But the best free antivirus from a recognised security company is comodo antivirus has option of firewall aswell
http://www.comodo.com/home/download/download.php?prod=antivirus
Malwarebyte is best. I resolved many issues with the help of this anti-malware.
Recently resolved an issue in which the paid antivirus got failed to detect the trojan.
Found this solution on a blog and applied successfully

http://www.asknetinfo.com/shared-network-folders-and-resources-invisible.html
I was thinking about your above post about Avast Antivirus.  It DOES have anti-spyware and one of the best anti-rootkit engines -- even in the free version.  What is doesn't have is script blocking, which is where it scours the code of each Web page that you go to for malicious code.  It only scans when you actually download something.

However, Avast does check for malicious connections.  For example, I was downloading a file today and it allowed me to download the file.  However, the site attempted to redirect me to a malicious page and Avast blocked the connection all together.

There is one more thing to be said for Avast that the others cannot.  If a computer is fairly well messed up and will not boot into Windows enough for Explorer.exe to run, Avast can still be manually started from a command line and even has a boot-time scan that runs BEFORE Windows starts.  

I still used Avast Antivirus, Norton Antivirus, and also now use Microsoft Security Essentials.  But, when it comes time to remove a virus, I rely on Avast Antivirus to assist with that.
Avast 'web shield' has caught malicious javascript for me on several pages including MySpace ads.
The latest version of comodo also has an antimalware engine "BOClean" which is included in the free download. Totally compatable with windows 7 and microsoft verified. They also give online support if you need it via there website. www.comodo.com
They also have a standalone scanner called cloud which detects malware and suspicious files
Discovers privacy issues & identity traces
Reveals corrupt, unwanted and invalid registry entries
Identifies ALL junk files on your disk
Detects hidden processes running on your computer
Hey.

I highly recommend ThreatFire to run along side your favourite antivirus and antispyware software.

ThreatFire
http://www.threatfire.com/