On Thu, 17 Jul 2008 19:12:08 -0700, Nel wrote:
> I have Avast on my PC, never had any problems. I have a pop up that tells
> me my Avast has been up dated every day..does that mean I don't have to run
> it, and if I do, How? (haven't had any virus with it)
Updating is normal and desirable
You should do a manual scan every now
and then. Scan every other week or so. Open the application, follow the
prompts which will guide you to perform a scan.
> Another question please....Do I need a Spyware running also? and I have
> Spyware Blaster. Is that still a good program?
> Thanks anyone much......Nel
A-S applications - for non-viral malware.
The effectiveness of an individual A-S scanners can be wide-ranging and
oftentimes a collection of scanners is best. There isn't one software that
cleans and immunizes you against everything. That's why you need multiple
products to do the job i.e. overlap their coverage - one may catch what
another may miss, (grab'em all).
SuperAntispyware - Free
Ad-Aware 2007 - Free
Spybot Search & Destroy - Free
Windows Defender - Free (build-in in Vista)
WD monitors the start-registry and hooks registers/files to prevent spyware
and worms to install to the OS.
"...Windows Defender did excel in behavior-based protection, which detects
changes to key areas of the system without having to know anything about
the actual threat."
SpywareBlaster is not a scanner application.
It prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser
hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software.
Blocks spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
Restricts the actions of potentially unwanted sites in Internet Explorer.
Keep it and keep it updated!