Anti virus software

My OS is win 7 prof 64 bit and I have Avast premier anti virus.  While Avast does an awesome job, but I think there are still some that pass thru the cracks, and one of them is the infamous Win32/Caphew that it failed to detect or remove.  While researching I found a software called SpyHunter that found tons of threats and I am a bit hesitant as it may more damage than good.  it costs about $29.99 and I would like to enquire from the experts whether it is safe to have this software clean up all the threats.  I have made a restore point already.
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Sean ScissorsProgram Analyst IICommented:
Short answer...stay away from SpyHunter. In the past it came with a bunch of adware and was definitely not worth it.

A bit longer answer: you could spend $1000 on an anti-virus software and still get viruses. What many people don't realize is that if a window pops up and says you need to install "so and so" and you click "yes"...that will go through any anti-virus considering you said yes to install it. That being said, any free AV out there is pretty good for your average user. I myself use Microsoft Security Essentials at home but in Win8 they simply call it Windows Defender (yet again) and it is built into Win8. However since you have 7 it is not built into Windows Defender on that OS. I like it because it's very hassle free, doesn't use much resources at all and is simply another thing for a virus to have to get through without my knowing.

In short: Avast, AVG, MSE, and Avira....are all free and all work pretty equally. For those times something does get through I use Malwarebytes in order to remove what is already on the computer.

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Use Avira free.

Refer to comparative test rests at he following page to get convinced: >
not having viruses is more a matter of user behavior than antiviruses : a few rules of thumb would be don't use IE, don't use outlook, don't install software you don't both know and need, don't download software from sites other than the editor's, don't crack stuff, don't ever install any browser bar either standalone or bundled with another application (including an antivirus)... well not using windows at all is obviously an option as well

once a machine is infected, don't expect to clean it. most of the time it will take more time than a complete reinstall (and restoration points usually don't help either)... and you can be 90% sure you will leave something behind, and possibly something that a full filescan with the best antivirus in the world will not find (and don't start me on hardware viruses, rootkits and other stuff that may survive a complete format and reinstall)

another rule of thumb : never believe in removal or cleanup tools. most of the time they bring a bunch of their own malware to show you how useful they are, and leave some of them on your computer as a gift. also note that some threats are actually neglectible or even just false positives.
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Well, safe Internet habits are essential of course. Stuff happens even then, although infrequently (rarely). Real-time protection using a good (free preferred; why waste money?) anti-virus software is a must these days. In case a pest (bug) enters even then, a scan and clean up using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (free, of course) is usually more than sufficient.

Again, with safe Internet habits the chances of catching a 'bug' is pretty low.
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
I find that a scan with HitmanPro finds and removes a lot of stuff missed by other AV sw.
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When installing any software, even from trusted sources such as Adobe, never choose the "recommended" quick install option ...... always choose custom (or whatever) and check every step. This will avoid the undesired installation of toolbars, trial software etc

For safe browsing use firefox with the "Noscript" addon.
(Not security related ... Tab utilities is my favourite firefox addon as it allows one to have multiple rows of tabs).
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Also you might try using ninite.  This will install and keep software up to date without any adware bhos etc.  It is highly configurable.  The only problem, which I pointed out to the developer, is that you can't pick where you want the applications installed - they install to the default locations, which means your C: drive.  I install everything on my D: drive.  My boot drive is a much small SSD (C: - 128gb SSD / D: - 1TB 7200rpm hdd).
jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
Thank u all the Gurus and Experts for the tons of advise, many of whom i have not been following.  thank u again.
Great. Enjoy the iNet. :-)
jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
in response to Thomas Zucker-Scharff,  Thank u for your suggestion, I am trying out Ninite.  But i am curious to know of your strategy to have only a small C drive and install everything on the D Drive.  Hope if u get the time, please let me know the rationale.  For my part, i have all my programs on my C drive, while the data is on the D drive or an external drive. Thank u.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
The C drive /D drive separation is good no matter what, but how you separate depends on a couple of things.  In terms of boot drives in general, the 128gb drives are the fastest - anything smaller or bigger tends to slow down, especially the bigger ones.  I don't want a slower boot drive, that is why I pay more for an SSD to begin with (I hear the Hybrid drives are very good and cost less - SSHD).

first, if you have a smaller SSD as the boot (C) drive, then using as little of it as possible for other programs and data is both recommended and necessary

Second, I don't only install the OS on the boot drive.  I install my most used programs there as well (video/sound editing, ms office, and a couple of others), although like you I leave all the data on the D drive (especially virtual machines and other space hogs).

The best reason for this separation of OS and data, and some programs, started before SSD drives became available (yes that far back).  I found that it is soooo much easier to reinstall the OS if that is all I had to do.  All the data lived on on the D drive and a simple reinstall of the programs over the old ones on the D drive fixed the registry.
jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
thank u everyone.
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