My anti-spyware (TrendMicro) is no longer made as a stand alone. So now I have to go shopping. Any suggestions?
AVG was suggested as a good one, just the free part, but I am wondering if this is not a good idea because it obviously does not have all of the features.
AVG is great for antivirus, but I'm not sure about it for spyware protection. I've never relied on it for that. I use both Spybot and Ad-Aware (free version) (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/products/ad_aware_free.php). You really need two products for spyware protection, because spyware proliferates so fast that no one application will find it all. You have to be careful, too, because a lot of the products that claim to remove spyware are themselves spyware. There are a ton of Ad-Aware imitators.
Adding my two-cents worth, AVG anti-virus and anti-spyware and Spybot are the best. Have used them for years and get good results - and they're free!
My college age son had to have his computer repaired last summer. The repair people suggested having both SpyBot and AVG free version. They said that is all you really need. I had Norton and got rid of it. I had nothing but problems galore with my computer with the Norton installed. Computer repair person said that Norton is known for problems. I have since gotten rid of Norton. I have AVG free version and StopZilla. My computer runs like a dream.
Spyzooka, no contest, it is brilliant.
If you haven't already checked out Kaspersky Anti-Virus, do so. After reading excellent reviews from experts and users, I bought it last year for three computers--in different homes. Each user has reported 100% satisfaction.
It's offered as a stand-alone or with complete internet security pack.
A computer can only have 1 anti-virus at a time. We get ours for free from our internet provider (SBC Global.net). Although they have a free anti-spyware, I am thoroughly unimpressed with it.
Spybot and AdAware.
I have Trend Micro just renewed it for 2 years and it is all by itself. I also use AVG free Virus. As well as Registery Smart which I did have to pay for
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Holly from Richardson, TX
I absolutely love Spybot: Search and Destroy, and I've never had any issues with it. Plus, it's freeware.
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I have been using Counterspy for a couple years now, and I like it because it tells you exactly what the spyware does and if it is low risk or high risk. And recommends whether to remove it, quarantine it, or ignore it. When I first started using it, there would be as high as 15-20 spywares found during a scan of my computer. Now there are 0-5. They are easily and quickly removed, and your system is backedso that if something goes wrong, you can restore it back to what it was.
Harlean from Arkansas (10/11/2006)
I use Zone Alarm. It lets you know immediately if a site is trying to get into your system. It pops up and tells you what it is and the risk and you have the choice to leave it or remove it. (10/15/2006)
I'm using AVG antispyware & anti virus. They are both free & work well. We use to spend over a hundred dollars a year on Norton but I think this is better & it's free ta boot. (05/21/2007)
By CoCo 007
Eventually discovered Trend Micro Antispyware (Housecall's stand alone product). I like it. Got it on sale at Fry's.
My daughter would go all over the internet and the free programs mentioned didn't help enough. This one does.
Also, Spy-Bot kept on hanging up my computer. Don't know why, because I used it successfully a number of times at first. Couldn't do anything to make it function. Of course, this happened after an update. (05/22/2007)