I'd like to get opinions about which virus/spyware software would best run with Vista Premium? From what I've read, Vista is already pretty heavy so I'd like something effective that won't drain the system. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Vista and Virus/Spyware Software
Hi There is a huge range of anti - virus software out there. The main decision is whether you want to pay for it or not.
If you want complete security, I would recommend you read this guide. It gives you the run down of the best ways to fight infection.
If you want something lightweight then I would go with avast antivirus. The free version provides anti virus, anti spyware and anti Rootkit. With this installed you can pretty much forget about security problems. And it's free!
However, if you want the best there is I'd go for NOD32 - it frequently scores as the best product.
If you're looking for something that should work seamlessly with your operating system with a fantastic user interface then Windows Live Onecare along with Windows Defender might be for you, though I can't promise them being lightweight on the system resources.
This site provides a run down of all the best free scanners for every type of infection. Even if you choose to pay for something I'd recommend using the Trojan and Rootkit scanners that are suggested there - just yesterday they allowed me to locate and destroy a Rootkit that got past my protection.
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When you get something like this that keeps popping up it probably means that there is a fight going on between your anti-virus or anti-spyware program and whatever it is that is trying to install or run itself. The best thing you can do is to turn off the machine and clean it.
Buy "cleaning" I do not mean run your anti-virus or anti-spyware because they, obviously, cannot clean it. The best way to clean any machine, and the only way to be sure you have done so, is to REMOVE the hard drive, attached it to a clean system and let that system clean it, usually with several types of cleaners. (We use 4 on every system).
However, if you don't have a 2nd machine and the hardware needed to attach an external hard drive to it, running a bunch of cleaners my fix the problem. I would use TDSKiller.exe from Kaspersky, NPE.exe from Norton and Combofix from...I don't remember...sorry. Anyway they are all free and downloadable. You can also try Malwarebytes and Spybot Search and Destroy. ?The more cleaners you run the more likely you are to fix the problem if the problem is nefarious software. Which leads me to add something.
It may be that the offending software is something needed by your system. It may be the pop up is just a "false positive" and that you don't want to remove the item. Your best bet then, is to first determine what "response.exe" might be and from where it comes. Once you do that you may find that it is needed. If so I'd either reinstall the software from which it came or find out how to tell my anti-virus / anti spyware to ignore it.
Although anti-spyware and anti-virus software are intended to protect
your computer from advertisement pop-ups, slow performance and security
threats, they can prevent some of your computer programs from running
properly. This is especially true for anti-spyware software. This is
why you may chose to disable them. If you disable either your
anti-spyware and anti-virus software, take into consideration that you
are making your computer more vulnerable to security threats like
viruses, worms and trojan horses.
1Open the anti-spyware program on
your computer. Sometimes there is an icon for the software located
either on the desktop or in the toolbar on the lower right-hand corner
of the computer, next to the clock. Double-click to open the software
if it's on your desktop. Right-click on the icon if it's in the
2 Turn off the anti-spyware
software by removing the check mark from the "on" button. If you have
Ad-Watch Anti-Spyware, you will need to uncheck the word "active" and
"automatic" to disable the software. If you are running SpyBot Tea
Timer, click on "advanced mode" and then uncheck the teatimer.
3 Click "yes" for the anti-spyware software to be disabled.
For a good free anti virus, malware and anti spyware you can download this two different free security software for anti virus download Avira and then download Malwarebytes they are both free and you can download them from download.com.
I suggest you perform a malware or spyware scan.
Download spyware hunter.google it.
Run the spyware scan and remove all detected spywares.
after that i suggest running a full system virus scan using Kaspersky, bitdefender, or any other anti virus you may have.
In my opinion, A good anti-virus is AVAST.A good spyware program is Spybot.Malware I recommend Malwarebytes. 1. Scan your computer with Spybot then restart, 2. Now scan your computer with Malwarebytes and delete whatever comes up. restart 3. Now try scanning your computer with the anti-virus protection. Hopefully this would of remove some of the viruses and spyware. Read below for more information. And for a good Price too........Free. Helpful Free Software below Read On. If you find any of this helpful, pls rate me. !
FREE SPYWARE Download Spybot Search & Destroy. Restart computer, then run Spybot to see what spyware comes up, AND DELET IT.
FYI---Virus Protection-- 2 programs of virus protection will conflict with each other and will actually cancel out the protection. SO just download one.
Running Spybot Search & Destroy with EITHER Avast or Avg (great Free virus protection programs ) will keep a computer in good working condition. FREE
There are alot of $ anti-virus and Internet security programs out there-ie: Norton, McAfee, Panda, Bitdefender. If you would like to pay $ then get ***Kaspersky***-- 2010 , I feel that is the best for your money.
REMEMBER TO KEEP UP THE DAILY MAINTENANCE ON ALL OF YOUR COMPUTERS.! Last Resort, would be a Reformat.Use your recovery Cd's. Viruses normally corrupt your computer. You probably will need to do a Reformat. Be sure and do a Back-up First., because you will loose everything.Restore will not remove Viruses.Best way would be Reformat. If you know how to do a back-up, save all your documents, pictures and music. If not take it to a reputable computer shop to take of this. There will be a slight charge, but they will save all your important data. If you find this information helpful, pls rate me. Good Luck. Thanks :0)
We need to understand first that there are differences between all malicious softwares. Spywares, viruses, malwares, trojan horses are to name a few. the soyware doctor can fix spyware issues but cannot control the action of a virus. try installing a good anti virus software viz. mcafee and scan the hard disk. Mostly the issue gets fix elase if the registry changes have happened then you wil be required to format the hard disk. Hope I helped you.
--- please first of all arrange system setup disk for WinXp
--- Start Windows in safe mode, if yu can, uninstall all undesirable programs, antiviruses, TSRs
--- Restart System
if problem is not solved, please repair windows, by setup & upgrade from the XP installation disk.
Spyware Doctor, Panda are good antiviruses, please update them on internet after first instalation
I you have installed all these programs. Then that itself could cause the problem. ununstall all these programs, go to www.free.grisoft.com, Download the free edition for virus and spyware, install these both update them on the net, run a complete scan for virus and sypware.
You should never install multiple security softwares at the same time. If you feel one software is not doing well. Uninstall it, restart your system, then install another software and do the scanning.
If you have been connected to the internet without the proper virus software or spyware software then you may have contracted a virus or you may have spyware causing your system to automatically reboot. If you do have a virus software remove your computer from the internet after you have updated the virus software. Run the virus software to see if you have any viruses. I suggest then to look in Add/Remove programs and start uninstalling any software that you are not familiar with if the system allows you to do so.