Anti-Spyware

Spyware is software that aims to gather information about a person or organization without their knowledge and that may send such information to another entity without the consumer's consent, or that asserts control over a computer without the consumer's knowledge; it has also come to include programs that engage in various kinds of electronic fraud. Anti-spyware is software that removes or blocks that software; some common vendors include Malwarebytes, McAfee, Spybot-Search and Destroy, Ad-Aware and BitDefender.

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I had this question after viewing anti virus software protecting against ransom ware.

Is this for a single computer or network of them?  

The best and cheapest protection is a solid regular backup of your system. Windows 10 has built in backup utilities.

I am looking for a product I can put on 4 personal computers windows 10,8,7 so I can defend my new and old computers
Not for business use
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Despite its humble beginnings, phishing has come a long way since those first crudely constructed emails. Today, phishing sites can appear and disappear in the length of a coffee break, and it takes more than a little know-how to keep your clients secure.

Please provide me with the URL address to download the Mac Symantec antivirus evaluation product.
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Hello, we manage x 3 client OS's, Windows 7/8 and Windows 10, Windows defender is turned off in our build/SOE,
Anti Virus management is done using the Symantec EndPoint Protection client installed on machines, can we enable/turn on windows defender whilst another AV product co exist? Can the 2 products run together? The business wants us to download updates for defender yet it's turned off? Trying to understand why we would need to do this?
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What is a good anti virus software

Something that may combat ransomware
on windows 10
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I have a customer with a SBS 2003 and the server became infected with the .amnesia infection.  Unfortunately it also attacked many of the servers executable file such as Seagate Backup Exec.  I ran a thorough scan on all workstations.  I installed Microsoft Essentials and Spyhunter on a workstation.  I copied the data folder from the server to a new folder called server on the workstation.  I was told that Spyhunter 4 would detect and remove/repair the infection.  I ran a full scan and it does not seem to see the infected files that are obviously infected because they all have the extension .amnesia.  Does anyone have a recommendation for the repair and removal of this infection in the data files?
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I need a download of a earlier version of Microsoft office is it safe to download from https://goo.gl
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Get to work and find out one of the staff let a fake tech support person who rung them up, onto their PC to fix a non existant problem.

Apparently this person was on the PC for about 5 minutes.

I've searched for new files & folders created around the time, run a few anti malware apps found nothing. Looked for any new user accounts on the PC, nothing.

Gone through Add/Remove Programs, nothing.

Is there anything else I should look for, anything I've overlooked?
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I need a download of a earlier version of Microsoft office is it safe to download from web.archive.org?
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"check short URL" is not working for me.
Can I get a recommendation of a site I can check my shortened links.
Can someone tell me about this link?
http://ow.ly/sc5930dP4vs
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For those who like to keep up..

The latest AV Comparatives Real-World Protection Test February – June 2017 has been released.
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I have two Windows 10 Lenovo laptops that are both infected with malware, spyware, adware, and viruses.

I have removed these hard drives and have connected them as secondary hard drives to another Windows 10 desktop.

Currently I'm scanning the infected drives with Malwarebytes, Symantec Antivirus, and Windows Defender.

What other scans or repairs can I run on these infected hard drives to hopefully remove all malware, spyware, and viruses?

For example what other utilities or programs can be run and what Windows utilities or tools such as SFC and DISM can be used?
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Two Windows 10 laptops have been infected with some type of malware or viruses that cause adds to appear and that have also disabled Malwarebytes and Symantec antivirus. Additionally system restore can no longer be accessed.

Malwarebytes and Symantec antivirus are both unable to launch and the error "The requested resource is in use" appears (see the screenshot).

While trying to access system restore the error message "The requested resource is in use. (0x800700AA)" appears. Additionally the Symantec Antivirus and Malwarebytes services are all stopped and are unable to be started.

I am able to boot into Safe Mode but when I try to boot into the Windows 10 Recover Environment I am unable to do so.

What can I do to remove this malware so these computers will be able to be used without having to reload the operating systems?

Malwarebytes errorSystem Restore errorStopped Windows services
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Are there any free options?
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Are there any free options?
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"Prohibits the DOD from using software platforms developed by Kaspersky Lab due to
reports that the Moscow-based company might be vulnerable to Russian government
influence."

https://www.armed-services.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY18%20NDAA%20summary2.pdf

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/government/senate-gets-ready-to-ban-kaspersky-products-as-fbi-interviews-companys-us-employees/

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My spouse had installed web watcher in my PC. I want to uninstall it. How do I do it
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Q1:
Is MS Windows AV defender bundled free with Win 10?  Any specific
version of Win10 that it comes free?

Q2:
Win AV defender was touted as blocking the execution of Java, VB
scripts etc: does McAfee or Trendmicro do this as well?  How does
Win AV defender compares in terms of ransomware protection
against other major AV vendors' ?

Q3:
Can Win AV defender coexist say with McAfee AV & McAfee HIPS agent?

Q4:
Do we need a separate EPO (just like McAfee) to update Win AV defender
signatures on users' PCs/laptops or WSUS will do?   A few hundred PCs/
laptops in our corporate don't have Internet access
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The Chubb contact person I liaise with told me all their customers are recommended
not to install AV on Chubb's custom Windows CCTV recording server as it will cause
severe perf issue & will conflict with some sort of built-in security feature.

Anyone know what is this feature?  is it apps whitelisting, AV or ??   The person I
liaise appears uncertain
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I had superantispyware installed and tried to update the version with its popup and kept getting an error. So I uninstalled it and was ready to reinstall the latest free edition, when I decided to check its latest reviews, which were middling. I have (on a WIN7PRo/64 machine) already installed Nod32 and Malwarebytes Premium. Do I need an antispyware program in addition to these two, and should I return to SuperAntiSpyware, assuming I can get the new version to install.
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When ransomware hits your clients, what do you do?
When ransomware hits your clients, what do you do?

MSPs: Endpoint security isn’t enough to prevent ransomware.
As the impact and severity of crypto ransomware attacks has grown, Webroot fought back, not just by building a next-gen endpoint solution capable of preventing ransomware attacks but also by being a thought leader.

Hi,

Any good free anti virus software that i can download and install on my window 10 laptop?
any good reliable dependable ones for free. please advise
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There seems to be a general consensus that if you've been hit with a Ransomware Virus, especially if by a newly discovered strain of ransomware, and do not have a reliable and unaffected backup to restore from, that all hope is lost.  

This is not necessarily the case!

Whilst it's true that Ransomware is one of the most difficult "destructive infections" to recover from, recovery should never be considered impossible.

Advising those seeking help that they should just accept defeat and wipe all chances of recovering their data is bad advice. This is a point that has been proven time and time again, particularly with past Ransomware strains that were once considered hopeless, yet have now had decryption recovery tools developed to restore data.

If you have been hit by a Ransomware Virus and don't have a backup - do not accept advice that you should just cut your losses, format your hard drive and admit defeat. That's just letting the criminals win.

The first thing you should do (after deactivating the virus) is make a Full Image Backup of your affected hard drive using an imaging backup tool like Acronis, Macrium Reflect or similar so as to have a copy of all files that were encrypted.  Safely store that backup away for future recovery attempts, or to restore from if a recovery attempt goes belly up.

Once backed up, Wipe and Start fresh if desired to get back to a working …
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Author Comment

by:Andrew Leniart
Security companies do have excellent heuristics and definitions,  but they will never catch everything.

No argument.  But doesn't it then naturally follow that they can never "block" or "prevent" everything either?

Using that train of thought, even with all of the security software that you have protecting your machine(s), how can you be certain that you don't have a key logger recording your key strokes right now? Or a yet unknown time bomb trojan just waiting to jump up and deliver its payload? How could any system ever be trustable?

I'm honestly not trying to be argumentative here, it's just that the logic behind your conclusion is escaping me.

If you can't trust your security software to clean up an infection that has been researched and that it knows about, then how is it that you can trust the same software to prevent a yet unrealized one from occurring?

I'll agree we probably need to disagree.  

Life would be too boring if everyone agreed on everything anyway. :)

My thanks again for your input.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
I guess what I meant was that no one security software is likely to catch everything.  That is why I have a multilayered approach on my machines.  But you are correct, I do not feel safe even with that.  I guess I am on the paranoid side, which begs the question, "Is one paranoid, if the fear is true?"  That is a paraphrase of the original question.

The biggest problem, IMHO, is that to secure one's computer (and still have a computer that actually works, instead of one filled with cement), one needs to put enough security software on there that it slows down even the best of computers.

I would like a product that doesn't hog resources and assures me that I will never get malware of any kind (like that is happening).
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Hi
I have encountered an error "the requested resource is in used". It blocks my avira antivirus. It doesnot allow me to install another antivirus and run some of my programs.
please help me.
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Hi experts
I am planning to purchase malwarebytes on my company I purchase license for all pcs and servers
My question is
Some servers running windows server 2003
1- can i use malwarebytes on these servers
2- any advice to protect these old server from ransomeware
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looking for any good, free pc virus, malware, trojan removal apps. i already use AdvancedSytem Care, CCleaner, MalwareBytes and AVG Antivirus. is there anything else i should be using?

thank you
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I've seen one site (but lost track of it) that gives statistics of modes of infections & 
I recall it shows

a) emails (as #1 ie more than 60%) be it via malicious attachments or links embedded in emails
b) visiting/clicking malicious sites
c) infected USB / thumb drives
d) other means

I need to do presentations; can someone give me a few sites/links that give such
statistics / breakdowns  including those that covers endpoint/PC security
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Anti-Spyware

Spyware is software that aims to gather information about a person or organization without their knowledge and that may send such information to another entity without the consumer's consent, or that asserts control over a computer without the consumer's knowledge; it has also come to include programs that engage in various kinds of electronic fraud. Anti-spyware is software that removes or blocks that software; some common vendors include Malwarebytes, McAfee, Spybot-Search and Destroy, Ad-Aware and BitDefender.