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What is the best anti-spyware software?

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Question:

I am inundated with popup ads on my computer. It's like playing one of those whack-a-mole games at the arcade.

You mentioned on your show the other night that you had some recommendations for the very best software to use to get rid of this crap.

Could you please tell me what they are and where to find them?

I do appreciate your show and your help.

-- Jeannie

Answer:

here are all three of the software packages (and the sites at which you can find them) that I mentioned on the air for anti-spyware protection (as well as my recommendation for anti-virus protection, two very different things).

The anti-spyware software is all free. Download, install and regularly update and run all three of these at the same time. It's the cocktail you need on your Windows machine for the best defense against spyware:

AdAware (the personal version is fine, but feel free to upgrade)
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ - download it at http://downloads.com:

SpyBot Search & Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/ - download it at http://downloads.com:

Microsoft Windows Defender (formerly Giant, formerly Microsoft AntiSpyware):


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Again, all of the above software is free, and the Microsoft software is marked as a beta product - and that's OK. You don't need to pay for any of this software, and don't worry about the beta designation - most of the software in this category is constantly being upgraded and changed.

And I *only recommend this software* - not anything else you might be running - none of the rest have tested as well as these three used together.

Although you should run all three of the anti-spyware packages on your machine, one after the other, every day, you should only run *one* anti-virus package. The one I recommend is from Panda Software - it's called Panda Titanium (it's the top package on the list), and it's available here:

You can run an online scan of your hard drive to see if you have any viruses (it's safe to do). I prefer it over all other packages because it not only protects you against viruses it knows about (make sure to keep the package updated with the latest signature file of known threats every day), but it also installs a special monitor that watches your machine for virus-like activity, and shuts it down, letting you know what's happening - that's called TruPrevent. That kind of protection is unique in the industry.

All of these items are very important in the fight against spyware, adware and all other forms of intrusive software that can slow your machine down to a crawl, as it loads it up with advertisements - and mostly in the form of pop-up ads. I have published a 10 Quick Steps Book that covers 28 different ways to stop these pop-up ads, along with a further detailed explanation of how to effectively use the software above. You can find it at:

Thanks for asking.



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