Do I really need Microsoft anti-spyware?

  CurlyWhirly 18:49 23 Jul 2005

I currently use the a-squared trojan scanner (Personal version), Ad-aware, Spybot and Spyware Blaster.

Is this enough spyware 'protection' or should I really download and install the Microsoft anti-spyware (beta) application as well or would this be going OTT?
If it *is* advisable to install it does anyone know if it would conflict with any of the above programs?

p.s. I *do* have an anti-virus and firewall by the way just in case anybody was wondering.

  stalion 18:52 23 Jul 2005

personal choice it should not conflict with what you have, you don't really need it

  mattyc_92 18:55 23 Jul 2005

It is not really needed.... With the rest of the programs you already have, I find it hard to believe that one more program would make a difference...

And no, it shouldn't be a problem alongside the other programs you have installed.

  octal 18:55 23 Jul 2005

Have you read this in Speakers Corner? click here

  CurlyWhirly 18:56 23 Jul 2005

Thanks for your prompt reply.

It's just that I read in a security article that malware is beginning to use rootkits that attempt to avoid detection and Microsoft's application *may* in the future incorporate a feature that can detect them hence my query.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:56 23 Jul 2005

Yes its all down to personal choice

I use MSAntispy and spyware blaster on my new machine and on the old one blaster plus adaware and spybot.

  CurlyWhirly 19:00 23 Jul 2005

No I haven't read that article but I have just had a quick glance and it seems that the application might not be as good as I thought.
Hence I will give it a miss for now but I will wait and see what happens.
Thanks to everyone who replied.

  stalion 19:03 23 Jul 2005

I am sure the anti-virus,anti-spyware companies are aware of the new threats and will act accordingly.Don't worry be happy

  octal 19:08 23 Jul 2005

That article highlights the value of using independent anti virus/spyware programs.

  rotormota 20:00 23 Jul 2005


I think it is fair comment to say that you simply cannot have enough anti-spyware progs. In the 'old days' viruses were the threat but now it's trojans & malware.

I would say get the MS free download. I have Spybot, A2, MS, Ewido, Norton, Bazooka, Stinger, AVG, Spywareblaster, Spywareguard, Xsoftspy & Webroot.

Call me paranoid but they all pick up different gremlins.


  rotormota 20:03 23 Jul 2005

& Adaware!

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