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What's the general view of experienced users on the relative merits of the
free versions of each of these please?

Malawarebytes
Avira AntiVir
SUPERAntiSpyware Free

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Terry, East Grinstead, UK

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On Sat, 08 Jan 2011 09:19:18 +0000, Terry Pinnell

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I would rate them;
    Very Good
    Very Good
    Good
(respectively)
Strictly a personal opinion, YMMV.

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| What's the general view of experienced users on the relative merits of the
| free versions of each of these please?

| Malawarebytes
| Avira AntiVir
| SUPERAntiSpyware Free

Excellent.

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Terry

You got the best 3. Excellent choices

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On 08/01/2011 4:19 AM, Terry Pinnell wrote:
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I kept Malwarebytes, and discarded the others. Avira kept popping up an
advert for the paid version, and I didn't need SAS (I have Spybot Search
and Destroy). But if you have no other anti-spyware program, SAS is as
good a choice as any.

FWIW, I use Vipre (payware) as my main shield. Excellent, well worth the
money. Run the others every couple of weeks or so, they very rarely find
anything that Vipre missed.

Wolf K.

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alt.comp.anti-virus:

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They are not all equivalent programs. Avira is a resident anti-virus
program. The others are on-demand spyware detectors. Unless you are not
telling us the whole story, it appears you have no anti-virus
protection. Risky.

Spybot S&D, Malwarebytes, and Superantispyware are all in the same
category of spyware detectors. Spybot has declined in recent years -
either of the other two are better choices.

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I don't follow. As I understand it, MWB also has a resident, real time
protection function?

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Terry Pinnell wrote:
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The paid for version only as I recall, and even then it is *not* an
*antivirus* program.

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On 08/01/2011 17:19, Terry Pinnell wrote:
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I only knew and used Avira Antivir FREE version.

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Those are the three I use.
I did have a serious problem with Avira for a bit but it has been
corrected.

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On Sat, 08 Jan 2011 09:19:18 +0000, Terry Pinnell wrote:

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These two are said to be 'the best at this moment'. I sometimes use them
to scan for spyware/malware/... and found them to be useful (mostly on
other people's systems).

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I use avast! Free Antivirus 5.x instead of AntiVir.

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Thanks all, appreciate the feedback.

I currently use Antivir for my real time guard and nightly scanning (plus
a weekly scan that covers my other HDs).

MWB and SAS I use on occasions if I'm nervous and want more opinions.

Arising from a discussion in a Windows NG yesterday, I learned that SAS
has a raft of useful 'repair options' that might be handy some day. Here's
an image I made showing all of them:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4019461/SAS-2.jpg

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Terry Pinnell wrote:
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FYI, MalwareBytes AntiMalware is generally referred to as MBAM and not MWB.
I use the paid version of SuperAntiSpyware (SAS), the free version of MBAM
and the free version of Avira AntiVir and I think all three programs are
great!
Yes, SAS does have a good 'repair' option feature, but I have never needed
it.  :)
Buffalo



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Terry Pinnell wrote:
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All good. Avira's AntiVir is an antivirus (the one I use on my XP
machine, the others are general malware detection/removal that may or
may not detect some kinds of viruses. Malwarebytes, not Malawarebytes,
is a company name not a product name "Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware" is the
product you are probably referring to.

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The free versions of each of these, plus Viper, run weekly,  will be an
excellent plan to protect your computer.  Not fool proof, of course, but
probably the best protection you can get for no money.



Bob



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On Sat, 08 Jan 2011 09:19:18 +0000, Terry Pinnell

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I wasted my money on the paid-for version of Malwarebytes a few years
back. I dropped it after about a year because it never found anything.

Avira cheated me out of my last year of a two year subscription.  I
went around with their "support" for a few days and then gave up and
bought another av product.  I'll NEVER deal with them again.

Superantispyware did not play nice with other software on my machine,
and since it also never found anything, I dumped it after some months.
I'm speaking of the paid-for version.  This was a few years back.

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ROFLMAO

You really had bad luck since Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware never found
anything.Many people would not like it either if nothing is never found. That is
a
bummer that nothing is found and it only shows that when you are waiting for
something to be found nothing shows up and this way you cannot enjoy a malware
experience. I feel extremely bad for you and if I were in your shoes I would
also
get rid of all malware tools that never does not find anything. You must be
extremely good in your knowledge of computer issues

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Peter Foldes wrote:
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I remember telling a poster about how I used to use AVG (which never
found anything) until I switched to Avast! (which never found anything
even better). :o)

I now use ClamWin, AntiVir, and Avast!, and have stuff for them to find.

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On Sun, 09 Jan 2011 20:32:42 -0500, in alt.comp.anti-virus, FromTheRafters

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This reminds me of something I ran into a year or so ago:

I was getting attack warnings from my anti-virus on several hobby-related
web sites I visit fairly often.

When I checked the forums on some of the sites, I discovered several reports
of the attacks from site users, as well as several other people insisting
there were no malware problems on the sites.


One of the more common responses to the malware reports went something like
this:

"I use 'Brand X' anti-virus and it's not reporting any problems when I visit
this site.  So you should dump that piece of garbage you're using and switch
to my much better 'Brand X'; then you won't see those warnings either."

Needless to say, it turned out that the sites really did have a malware
problem, and some people visiting the sites did get infected.

The attacks were coming through an advertising service the sites had signed
up with (to help pay the bills for running their sites).  Apparently it was
a legitimate advertising service that got careless about checking things:
one of their customers was a rogue, who was distributing malware mixed in
with his ads.  The sites got together and yelled at the ad service, and they
cleaned up their act: haven't seen any more attacks from those sites in the
year or so since.

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Nick wrote:
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Better yet, use nothing and never have to get alerts at all.

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Yep, sometimes sites get attacked in a way that causes them to infect
visitors - taking advantage of the fact that client browsers 'trust' the
website's content - an HTML script based attack that wouldn't work as an
e-mail vector attack might very well work seemingly coming from a
trusted website.

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It's very common...so much so that a word was created to describe it
"malvertising". Sometimes the ad servers themselves get attacked.

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