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Antispyware - do you need it?

  Managing ed 15:12 30 Nov 2007

Recently one of our contributors wrote a piece suggesting that antispyware was a waste of time and money: click here

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this met with some dissent, not least from the security software community, and PC Tools (author of our current Best Buy Spyware Doctor) was sporting enough to outline its counter-argument: click here

What do you think?

Matt Egan
Managing Editor

  Mike D 15:26 30 Nov 2007

Maybe I'm paranoid, but I wouldn't consider going on line with a full complement of firewall, Anti virus and anti spyware/malware applications. For me that's Comodo Firewall, Avast, A Squared (thank you PCA), PrevX 2, and Adaware.

Yes, I was right - I'm paranoid!


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:36 30 Nov 2007

If you have teeenage sons and daughters then, beacuse of the type of sites they visit-

You definately need Antispyware.

Have spent hours cleaning the "crap" out of friends PCs beacause the spyware is slowing it down or causing it to crash or not even boot.

  anskyber 15:45 30 Nov 2007

It depends on so many things including those outlined by the other posters. Your contributer may well be a "sharp cookie" but the bad boys are pretty smart too.

Some antispyware can be obtained for free so I could say what's the harm in using it.

Tell you what, why don't you run your personal PC at home without antispyware and let us all know how you get on. :-))

  Managing ed 15:45 30 Nov 2007

I am too!

Good to know...

  Managing ed 15:52 30 Nov 2007

Funny enough, we've been discussing doing just that. Not sure I'm going to volunteer my own machine though...

  anskyber 15:55 30 Nov 2007

It would be interesting, seriously. Perhaps the valiant FE will step into the breach.

  sunny staines 15:57 30 Nov 2007

I use free antispyware and scan each weekend with one of them rotating between superantispyware, A2 Squared and AVG antispyware. I aso have Spybot sd & ad-adaware but only scan with them when definition updates come out.

As for live scanning I Norton Internet security and Spyware Terminator for its shield protection.
Blocking programs are spywareblaster and IObit AWC2.

When people bank online and shop online they have a lot to loose if they fall victim to online criminals etc.

I am well over the top with the above but it gives me peace of mind, family members visit allsorts of iffy sites and with all the publicity with online crime and IDENTITY theft I am taking no chances. The software is free so I might as well make good use of it.

  anskyber 16:22 30 Nov 2007

The wireless router will have a hardware firewall won't it?

  Forum Editor 16:42 30 Nov 2007


"Perhaps the valiant FE will step into the breach."

He's already in it. I've been running my new computer without any anti-spyware protection ever since I bought it, about 4 weeks ago. I decided to try this after a corporate client asked me to advise on whether anti-spyware software was any good.

So far I've not noticed any ill effects whatsoever. I'm not saying there aren't any - just that I haven't noticed them.

  anskyber 16:42 30 Nov 2007

Which actually is the key to most security.

Recently Google and other search engines were however compromised (briefly) by scam search results using temporary domain names which seem to be innocent in terms of their content, only to stuff your PC full of undesirables if you clicked on it.

In that case however security is unlikely to have kept pace with the nasties creators.

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