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Old 03-05-2009, 05:56 PM
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Default Do you usually install an anti-spyware app after a clean install?

I always install a free antivirus after reinstalling an OS on a client's PC, but with the vast amount of spyware out there, I might be tempted to install an anti-spyware program too. Which one do you recommend?
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My method:

Install Spybot and at the minimum run the immunization. The next step would be to enable Teatimer, but that's only if you want to educate the user on how it works.
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I will install a free AV and spyware blaster, but thats as far as I go. I stopped trying to educate the user on how antispyware programs work a long time ago. Something over 95% of them will never even open up the programs you leave on their computers and certainly not keep them up to date. I find it a waste of time and a waste of their system resources.

I would say just install a good AV and lock down their system as much as you can. Tell them what sites to avoid, don't use limewire, don't open attachments ect. then just sit back and wait for them to call you again in a few months when they are infected again.

As a side note: about 70-80% of the infected computers I work on have spybot and ad-aware on them when they come into the shop.
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As a side note: about 70-80% of the infected computers I work on have spybot and ad-aware on them when they come into the shop.
I totally agree that the customer will never run the program, but wouldn't you agree that Teatimer would go a long way towards thwarting an infection. (If used properly, of course.)

Disclaimer: I've only installed Teatimer on a few systems for customers, so I don't have much feedback from them yet.
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As a side note: about 70-80% of the infected computers I work on have spybot and ad-aware on them when they come into the shop.
plus some Rouge AV's
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At this point in time, both Ad-Aware and Spybot's detection rates, whether live or scanning, are abysmal. I wouldn't trust either of these applications to prevent the simplest of malware. In their day they were amazing but sadly, no longer. Using them for malware protection is like using fishnet condoms and wondering why you're a daddy.
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I install MBAM. I recommend that they upgrade to the pro version that I offer at a discounted price - that way they get real time protection and automatic updates and scans.

I also ensure that windows defender is installed, updated and working.
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normally ill install a free av and spybot search and destroy. and then i schedule them to auto update and run at a certain time of day. as most people have a habit of leaving there pc on anyway.
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Do you recommend Windows Defender?
I find it a complete and utter waste of precious system resources. Anything with Windows or Microsoft seems to chew through it for that matter lol.

I just install MBAM on it; show them how to update and schedule scans/ run manual scans etc. Tell them what sites not to go to (porn), what not to download (from limewire), and warn them about clicking on advertisements on websites.
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