Kaspersky effectiveness?

  griffo 10:42 19 Apr 2009

I have just tried PC Pitstop OverDrive (as recommended in PCA April 2009) and amongst the findings are 39 Tracking Cookies.

I am using Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and am surprised it has allowed these trackers to get in.

Can anyone tell me if I need an antispyware as well as KS or is KS simply not up to the job?

  User-1229748 10:45 19 Apr 2009

tracking cookies are nothing to worry about,kis 2009 is among the best.

  rawprawn 10:52 19 Apr 2009

As smackheadz says, no problem at all. Use something like click here and click here (The trial version lasts foever)to remove tracking cookies and clean up your computer.

  OTT_Buzzard 10:54 19 Apr 2009

Agree with smackheadz. Tracking cookies are not a problem - they are only text files so can't harm your system. Some antivirus systems will pick up on them as being an issue as they can, as the name suggests, track what websites you go to and pass back information.
I don't think there is a way of only allowing non-tracking cookies so short of blocking cookies altogether, which would disable functionality on a lot of websites, you have little choice but to accept them on your system.

  DieSse 15:39 19 Apr 2009

The general spyware/malware section of many AV programs is not as comprehensive as with some of the specialised anti-spyware programs.

That's why it's always recommended to run a couple of general anti-malware programs in addition to any AV or security suite.

I recommend Spybot S&D and Malwarebytes.

  Woolwell 15:54 19 Apr 2009

I run Malwarebytes and KIS 2009 and so far Malwarebytes has not found anything that has not been removed by KIS.

  gazzaho 17:22 19 Apr 2009

While security suites now days try to cover all aspects of Internet security they seldom do every security job with equal effectiveness.

I use F-Secure Internet Security 2009 and while it gets good ratings for virus and network attacks it's not rated as highly for spyware and other malware type attacks, because of this I use SuperAntiSpyware, SpywareBlaster and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to bolster F-Secure.

KIS is one of the top anti virus programs on the market, but like all others it isn't totally foolproof. I would also use other spyware detection programs in conjunction with it in order to remain protected.

It should be mentioned that you should only use one "anti virus" and one "firewall" on your system at any time as using others will cause conflicts, KIS will be more than adequate for anti virus attacks, you may want to use other "spyware" type programs like the ones mentioned, I've found the programs I use do not conflict with my anti virus package.

  rawprawn 18:05 19 Apr 2009

I run KIS, but SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes
are the programs that find tracking cookies.
Just running SAS now and it has found 7.

  rawprawn 18:06 19 Apr 2009

Just finished, none are of any importance or threat at all.

  griffo 19:01 20 Apr 2009

Interesting and helpful answers - many thanks one & all.

Probably a subject for another thread but .. as this was thrown up by PC Pitstop - any views on the value of this software?

  [email protected] 19:10 20 Apr 2009

the only thing kaspersky would be watching would be the active x control which i would imagine is whitelisted. cookies are harmless often flagged by freebie programs to prove they're doing something.

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