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ntProtecting a PC against malicious software is a never-ending battle. The second you think you have your machine clean, something else appears — no matter what piece of software you use to combat this plague. Even so, you still need to have some protection installed. Here are the five tools I prefer for keeping Windows as malware-free as possible. They don’t cost a dime, and they’re about as reliable as a malware removal tool can be.
Spybot Search and Destroy
ntSince there is no harm in having two anti-malware tools on one machine (unlike antivirus, which is a big no-no), using Malwarebytes and S&D as a one-two punch will catch most every piece of malware. The one thing S&D has over the free version of Malwarebytes is that it has a real-time scanner.
ntFor the longest time, I was a big advocate of AVG Free for antivirus protection. Now? Not so much. AVG Free’s ability to keep viruses at bay is less than stellar. But it does a fairly good job of removing malware.
ntWhat I like about AVG is that it’s unobtrusive. When a scan is running, you will hardly notice. The big downfall of AVG is that, should you have to run ComboFix, you can’t just turn it off. To run a tool like ComboFix, you actually have to completely remove AVG. That is a real pain.