Only the tea timer when enabled in Spybot Search & Destroy offers any active protection.
You need both Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware SE.
NO program catches or removes all malware. All firewalls are easily defeated. They have you to download malware past them. Once installed, they can nag you or prevent other programs from running until you open a port (place a hole in your firewall) or allow them through the firewall as an exception. They can attach to and use your browser or other programs which have permission to go through the firewall to avoid needing your permission to get past the firewall. They can shut off the firewall, antispyware, or the antivirus.
Windows Defender (free) provides active spyware protection.
I use this in addition to my ATT Yahoo antivirus and antispyware suite.
Recommended settings: full time protection, update weekly, full scans weekly
I recommend installing the following 5 malware detection programs on all systems.
Ad-Aware SE Personal (update + full scan)
Spybot Search & Destroy (update + immunize + scan)
Enable SDHelper, do not optional tea timer. After installation: update + scan + immunize
SpywareBlaster: Update then open and click “enable all protection”. http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
SUPERAntiSpyware free version: (update + scan)
CCleaner: Set to run when computer starts. Removes tracking cookies.
Place cookies you want to keep in the save list. Do not run “Scan for Issues” (registry cleaner)
Ad-Aware SE Personal and SUPERAntiSpyware free version do not have any full time scanning and do not immunize from attacks.
Spybot Search & Destroy has an immunize function. This places sites in Internet Explorer’s (not Firefox’s) block list. You need to run immunize after every update.
SDHelper option - This is installed in Internet Explorer and blocks downloading programs from known malware sites.
TeaTimer option – This is a program will constantly run and notify you of any changes to system settings on your computer before they are allowed to happen. In a prior version I found the notification window lacked labeling of the yes / no keys, in addition whenever I updated software it would pop up and I found it to be a pest so I stopped using it.
Spyware Blaster works similar to this immunize function in “Spybot search and Destroy” but enhances this by providing ActiveX protection in Internet Explorer as well as protection in Firefox.
I also recommend the following::
Microsoft update: Run in “Custom Mode”, Install everything. http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en-us
Microsoft OneCare Live, run “full service scan”
Updates windows, virus and spyware scan, disk cleanup, disk fragmentation (if needed), backs up registry and then cleans registry, and checks for open firewall ports.
PC Pitstop:”full tests”. http://www.pcpitstop.com/
Malicious Software Removal Tool (run “full scan”)
User Profile Hive Cleanup Service (An automatic service to help with slow log off and unreconciled profile problems)
Rootkit revealer: (advanced) Close all programs first and then run.
Do nothing at this time with the results! Not all results will be malware! Google each result.
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer v2.0.1 (for IT Professionals)
HijackThis (advanced) http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/programs.php
BitDefender Online Scanner
Kaspersky Labs Online Scanner
McAfee online scanner
Panda ActiveScan Free Online Scanner
Symantic Online Scanner
Trend Micro: HouseCall Free Scan
Security guidelines/ assistance if all else fails
· 1 decade ago