Webroot Spysweeper

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by Quilljar, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. Quilljar

    Quilljar Guest

    What is the general consensus about Webroot Spysweeper? Is is genuine?
    It has found 142 items on my HD after three other Anti spy ware progs said I
    was clean. Can these all be false positives?

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    Quilljar, Jun 5, 2006
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    alfresco Guest

    Dear Sir: If three other anti-spyware programs said your HD was
    clean,
    then why did you proceed to run a fourth ? Big
    Al.
     
    alfresco, Jun 6, 2006
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    | Dear Sir: If three other anti-spyware programs said your HD was
    | clean,
    | then why did you proceed to run a fourth ? Big
    | Al.
    |

    Because one may catch what another may miss.
     
    David H. Lipman, Jun 6, 2006
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  4. Quilljar

    Ron Lopshire Guest

    They all yield FPs from time to time. That is why, as Dave points out,
    it is nice to use a multi-layered approach to on-demand AS scanning.
    AFAICT, Spy Sweeper has always been listed by Spyware Warrior as one
    of the good guys.

    (http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm#trustworthy)

    FWIW, I just purchased a copy of Nick's SUPERAntiSpyware:

    (http://www.superantispyware.com/)

    I plan on using it to replace MSAS (Giant AS) when it expires next
    month. I'll be damned if I use any security solution (Windows
    Defender, Windows Live OneCare, etc.) developed and offered by
    Microsoft. It's the principle of the thing.

    Ron :)
     
    Ron Lopshire, Jun 6, 2006
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  5. Quilljar

    Quilljar Guest

    Dear Sir: If three other anti-spyware programs said your HD
    I don't wish to be rude Big Al, but I don't have to explain my actions to
    anyone. I had every good reason to run a fourth or fifth or sixth. Malware
    programs are notorious for slipping between the cracks of protection. Have
    you ever tried to get rid of PS Guard (for example) using only a couple of
    well known anti spies?


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    Quilljar, Jun 6, 2006
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  6. Quilljar

    Quilljar Guest

    I plan on using it to replace MSAS (Giant AS) when it expires next
    I totally agree Ron,
    I find that the free programs which BT have given me are very inadequate and
    Microsoft's free AS ware is tame in the extreme. I find Counterspy, for
    which I paid a mere $19 is extremely effective and I shall now buy Webroot
    Spysweeper too as I see it comes high on the list of effective programs.
    It's belt and braces twice for me! I spend a lot of my time fixing elderly
    clients' machines which can have up to 1500 spyware items on ,as they
    stagger along at tortoise-like speeds unprotected. 'But,' they say, 'I've
    had Norton for five years.' Yes, and they never renewed it, and have still
    never heard of Trojans!

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    Quilljar, Jun 6, 2006
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    alfresco Guest

    Understood, but was there some peculiarity in the performance of the
    PC ? Big Al.
     
    alfresco, Jun 6, 2006
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  8. Quilljar

    Offbreed Guest

    Three clean, then 142 items? That sounds off, even to a non-expert like me.

    My first thought was to wonder if you had gone online between #3 and #4,
    then run #4 without killing the cookies.

    Mind going into a little more detail? Were the first three up to date?
    What did #4 say it found?
     
    Offbreed, Jun 7, 2006
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  9. Quilljar

    Quilljar Guest

    Three clean, then 142 items? That sounds off, even to a non-expert
    Yes, I thought it all a bit off, also as a non-expert, hence my enquiry on
    this NG. I have no idea now what the state of the three progs were or what
    the 142 nasties were. My short term memory is poor these days...


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    Cheers Quilly

    For four good books to read look at...
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    Quilljar, Jun 7, 2006
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  10. Quilljar

    Offbreed Guest

    Eh, well. "Next time" you will want to write down programs and the
    version numbers, if they are updated, etc, and what was found. This
    year's worst antivirus is going to be better than last year's best.

    I kept forgetting those damned cookies when I was babysitting the
    computers because I was the only computer savvy person at this one place
    (scary, considering my level of inexpertise) and nearly gave myself
    heart failure a few times.
     
    Offbreed, Jun 7, 2006
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