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      Which is worse: Spyware or adware?



      Spyware is malicious, but adware, from an IT support standpoint, is no picnic either. At least a few times a week I will get a call from an often cranky user complaining about system crashes and overall slowness of their workstation. They usually ask for either more memory or a new computer, not having the slightest idea why they think they need those things.

      About 99.9% of the time, I immediately see a wide array of shopping toolbars, animated mouse pointers, and a plethora of other intrusive items on their machine. Of course, the user has no idea where they came from, but they’re happy again once their CPU usage isn’t at a nearly constant 80-plus percent.

      So, spyware in the end does the most damage, but adware comes very close in my book, primarily because even though it’s completely visible, the average end user has no idea that it’s doing anything bad. They just like visiting the sites that distribute it.

      Although I think there are currently better spy/adware removal tools than Microsoft Windows Defender, I am extremely happy that this program is integrated into all versions of Windows Vista.
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      I currently have Norton (came with the computer - my free subcription expired, but I'm thinking about getting it renewed, or removed) and AVAST! free aint-virus, along with Windows Defender - and I'm always looking for more free software, lol... Since the threats are different, would it be best to have security software for each kind of threat- one for spyware, one for adwar, etc. (more scurity... I remember reading something like that), or just one that handles all of them (saves disk space)?

      I remember hearing that having more than one can sometimes cause problems, but you can also adjust the settings so that the two programs won't scan eachother. I've had to restart my computer plenty of times because one program scanned the other and got stuck - but after adjusting the settings I never had that problem again.
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      I think one virus scan and one or two spyware/adware programs is enough. You'll want to remove Norton completely from your pc it's useless for personal PCs because not many people keep it paid for which makes it virus definitions outdated in turn making it useless. A safe general rule for most people is all security programs which aren't updated regularly are almost useless.
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      Do you know of any free spyware/adware software? I dont plan on getting rid of avast anytime soon, but I still havent decided if I was going to start my subscription to Norton yet either though, didnt have the money before, that's the only reason I kept it around. Now I've got the money and don't know if I want to keep it. And is the paid subcription a one-time thing, or do you have to pay again later on?
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      So if the solution has never been to look in yourself,
      How is it that you expect to find it anywhere else?

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      Do not pay norton anything and uninstall it from your pc would be my recommendation. Keep avast updated, make it so it updates automatically. There are many good free anti-spyware/adware software such as Ad-Aware, Spybot, Windows Defender, and many others.
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      "Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it political? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular - but one must take it simply because it is right."
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      I got some PC protection from the internet company I'm with, I got one of those cable/phone/internet deals going, And I keep all the junk to a minimal (I do now) because I used to be overloaded with animated junk

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