How many security programs do I need?

DBH February 2, 2010

Windows Defender, Spy Sweeper, and Trend Micro Virus were all on my laptop when I purchased it.
My son said I needed Spybot so he downloaded it.
Now they all seem to be working against each other.
What do I need and which ones can I disable or uninstall?

  1. TLW
    November 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Guys, does this mean AVG is no longer a leader in the market?

  2. Anonymous
    March 25, 2010 at 1:23 am

    What is the best Antivirus?? NOD32, McAfee, Norton , Kapersky??

  3. Anonymous
    March 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Ok, if you delete all the cookies, can spyware still exist? Seems like Spybot finds stuff in cookies.

  4. ├Žnon1mus
    March 14, 2010 at 3:29 am

    This may not be helpful but it would be easier to just get a Mac. Sorry, couldn't help it :)

    • Jean Chicoine
      May 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      Or Linux!

  5. Tech Support Guy
    February 4, 2010 at 10:26 am

    You need an anti virus software and a spyware software.

    I would recommend you use Malwarebyets Anti-Malware and an anti virus software like Avast Internet Security or Eset NOD32 Smart Security 4.

  6. Oron
    February 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    The advice above is good. Basically, you should have exactly one anti-virus program, no more no less. Having more than one installed will cause serious problems, and having none will leave you exposed.
    You also need anti spyware software, and having more than one is often a good idea as no single anti-spyware package will detect all spyware. Windows defender is obsolete, so you may want to take that off. I can recommend SpywareBlaster (from JavaCool software) as an additional package since it works in a different way to others and requires almost no computing resources.

    Good luck!

  7. Aibek
    February 3, 2010 at 10:00 am

    My current recommended security setupl:

    - Avira Antivirus (free version)
    - Microsoft Security Essentials
    - Malwarebytes (free version)
    - Firefox (with Noscript and AdBlockPlus)

    no problems so far

  8. Skull
    February 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I have been using AVAST antivirus (free for home use) in addition to Windows Defender from microsoft and an antispyware program called Malwarebytes also freeware. Nothing has gotten through to my system and I have been to some dodgey sites. This combination I feel is very effective (I use it on all the pcs in my house)

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm

      i have avg free and spybot on my pc for the last 3 years and and its working very well.

    • Eufe
      August 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      I am using the same set of free programs as well: AVAST antivirus, Windows Defender, and Malwarebytes freeware (Malwarebytes is for scanning on demand only and not real-time protection). In addition, I use ZoneAlarm free firewall.

  9. Jessica Cam W.
    February 3, 2010 at 6:14 am

    You need an anti-virus program and a spyware removal tool (and a firewall, if you don't think the Windows one is effective enough). Trend Micro is good but over time, it'll nag you to purchase the license to the full product, so I'd recommend AVG or Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Your son did well in suggesting Spybot as it is a good spyware removal program.

    Here are a few other suggestions by MakeUseOf (//

  10. Anonymous
    February 3, 2010 at 1:46 am

    I'm running os x 10.6.2 and Chrome for mac. how do i delete unwanted bookmarks?

    • Aibek
      February 3, 2010 at 9:57 am

      You need to publish this as anew question!

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