Software - Mikes Recommended Software List Spybot S & D...

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Mike’s Recommended Software List Spybot S & D Spybot S & D is a free anti-malware scanner/remover. OK, technically it’s donationware as the Spybot website asks for a donation. Be warned: Spybot does not provide real-time malware protection, it only cleans up problems already on the drive. Use the Microsoft Defender Utility (http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx) and a good anti-virus program (See Avast! below) for real time protection. Use: Cleaning existing malware off of a system. User Safety: High – May not catch every malware. Occasional false positives. Created by: Spybot S & D: Patrick Michael Kolla Safer - http://www.safer- networking.org/en/index.html Avast! Home Edition (Anti-virus) The free Avast! Home edition is a popular real-time anti-malware tool, containing all of the most common features you’ll find in commercial programs. Avast! also does a great job providing updates as new malware “nasties” are discovered. Use: Real-time malware detection and removal. User Safety: High – May not catch every malware. Occasional false positives. Created By: ALWIL Software a.s. - http://www.avast.com Autoruns Autoruns is the ultimate Windows startup tool, giving you more information that you can possibly imagine about everything that autostarts in Windows. Not only can you disable starting programs (as with MSCONFIG), you can also permanently delete them. Like most tools that come from the folks at Sysinternals, the more you understand about Windows the more you will get from Autoruns. Use: Exhaustive control of autostarting programs. User Safety: Moderate - You could prevent critical programs from autostarting. Created by: Mark Russinovich and Bruce Cogswell - http://technet.microsoft.com/en- us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx Microsoft owns sysinternals and does not allow third-party distribution. You’ll have to go to the website and download the program yourself.
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