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    Question Microsoft AntiSpyware Question

    What does enbaling the real time protection offered by MS AntiSpyware do? Is it worth enbaling given that I have a firewall running?

    Fnally, which of the 2- Ad-Aware and Microsoft AntiSpyware -do you think is a better anti-spyware software?

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    Open MSAS and go to "Real-time Protection" where it shows the status, on the lower right is a link "Learn about Real-time Protection and Security Agents". Also on the left (Security Agent Status) you can click on the Agents and it describes what each one does. That'll pretty much sum up everything.

    Yes have it enabled

    MSAS is better than Ad-Aware, the problem with anti-spy is none detect all types of malware. Best to have a few like Ad-Aware & SpyBot S&D.

    Keep both

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    Understand also that Ad-Aware is only a cleaner whereas both Spybot and MSAS have realtime protection built in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rik
    Understand also that Ad-Aware is only a cleaner whereas both Spybot and MSAS have realtime protection built in.
    Good point

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    Thank you. I'll try the Ad-Aware + Spybot S&D combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rohitk89
    Fnally, which of the 2- Ad-Aware and Microsoft AntiSpyware -do you think is a better anti-spyware software?
    I think Adaware, as that comes up with stuff... Microsoft never finds anything on my PC!

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    I think Adaware, as that comes up with stuff... Microsoft never finds anything on my PC!
    When I tested with MSA (when I wrote the first post of this thread) it found one object that Ad-Aware didn't and Ad-Aware found two that MSA didn't.

    Right now I'm using Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware.

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    I currently have MSAS(with realtime protection active), Ad-Aware, Spybot(with Tea Timer running), Spyware Guard, and Spyware Blaster - all with the latest updates, running on this work machine. Overkill you say? Yeah probably. But it stays clean...plus they all seem to run fine together.

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    personally I dont run any in real-time...since I started using firefox I just scan it about once a week and it usually just finds cookies which I can care less about. I mean you run spyware apps to get rid of spyware because it degrades system performance, but running a ton of spyware apps in real-time doesnt that just degrade your performance anyway.



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    Honestly I see no performance decrease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rik
    Honestly I see no performance decrease.
    Hmmm, do you see little green men, look closely they blend in with the Mesquite trees......

    "paranoia will destroy ya"-Year/Artist ?

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    The Kinks - 78ish?

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    Thats pretty good considering I had the quote wrong

    http://kinks.it.rit.edu/cgi-bin/Musi...song-destroyer

    BTW I only use anti-virus and MSAS and PC stays real clean.

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    hmm from the album Give The People What They Want (1981). Oh well I was close to the year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rik
    I currently have MSAS(with realtime protection active), Ad-Aware, Spybot(with Tea Timer running), Spyware Guard, and Spyware Blaster
    Are these all free?

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