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Giveaway of the day — The Cleaner

The Cleaner protects, prevents and recovers your system from malicious software and is considered one of the best anti-virus programs, deleting malware that is often missed by other virus removers.
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The Cleaner was available as a giveaway on February 12, 2010!

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MooSoft's The Cleaner is a high performance application that protects, prevents and recovers your computer from malicious software (malware) attacks, including: trojans, spyware, adware and other harmful programs.

The Cleaner detects and removes malware that is often missed by anti-virus software. It delivers one of the quickest and most thorough scans on the market. It will scan your computer in under eight minutes making it an excellent addition to your computer's defenses. The Cleaner has been in development for twelve years and is used in over 130 countries.

System Requirements:

Windows2K/XP/Vista/Windows7/Server (x32/x64)


MooSoft Development LLC



File Size:

28.4 MB



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OK now: I've tried and am now running the Cleaner 2010 as one of my 3 primary anti malware software. It is simple to install and to handle and - to my surprise, it even dug out 3 malwares my other anti-spywares did not! It does the 150 GB (C-drive) within about 6-8 min (SmartScan) and does the rest (a proud <2.5 TB) within 5h 4m 45s checking 358747 objects (FullScan).
That is quite less than another established anti-vir does (which would need for the same scan short of 24h!) not even detecting the 3 items mentioned above.
So I'm definitely not the one bitching about The Cleaner 2010.

Reply   |   Comment by CONDOR_X  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I was so surprised this morning to see "The Cleaner" as a giveaway of the day. I used this program way back in the late 90's and even purchased it back then. It was the best trojan remover on the internet. I could not even guess how many computers this program repaired for me in the past. I never once had to use anything else.

I have downloaded this version and installed it on a test computer and ran the program and sure enough it has lived up to its reputation of years ago! I know Malwarebytes is Free to users but so is "The Cleaner today thanks to Moosoft and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by KD  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Downloaded and installed The Cleaner and informed had to install names or whatever. Did it. Very easy and no problem. Then I scanned my entire computer. Very easy and quite quick. If this old woman can do it anyone can. I like this software. Thank you GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by SeniorCitizen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

A much safer way to protect your system is to load a virtual machine on your computer and allocate of your hard disk space to this VM. Then.. create a snapshot. When you have any virus or problem at all, simply restore your snapshot. Never a worry.

Hopefully I have helped someone today. Thanks,

Reply   |   Comment by Boingo  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

I just installed this and ESET Smart Security (NOD32) told me it contained a virus...? False positive?
Still, it's very strange for this kind of software to set antivirus software off like this.

Reply   |   Comment by WellMannered  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Guday from New Zealand,

I have been recommending Comodo BOClean and Internet Security, free for home users, for 2 years now, and have had total success with it. I never scan, and just once a month clear out my Anti virus events file. You must not us any other security with this or you will have software conflict, and your computer comes to a standstill of course.

Regards bill3.

Reply   |   Comment by Bill3  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I would like to address a couple of points here:

CONS: 1) Frequent false positives.
We don't have any data suggesting there are frequent false positives. If you are getting them please submit information or samples for evaluation.

2) No daily updates. Updates only twice/thrice a week.
Updates are daily or several times a day depending on the threats.

3) During update it downloads entire database of size ~18mb.
The database is updated incrementally. You do not have to download the full database.

4) Don’t scan for Malicious registry and cookies.
We do not believe there is such a thing as "malicious registry and cookies." The registry may point to malicious files which are detected and removed.

I am not sure whether any registry and browser monitoring is included in the realtime protection.

The realtime protection is for on-access files only.

The Cleaner has never been "off the market" in the 12 years it has been available.

Reply   |   Comment by moosoft  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Hi all!!

Today's giveaway is a pretty GOOD TOOL and definitely worth downloading!!

The software is easy to use and the malware database is impressive compared to other antimalware SW out there.


· Registry Monitoring
· Active Scanning
· Stealth Mode
· Quarantine Manager
· Scheduler
· In-Program File Submission
· Command Line File Testing
· Email Alerts
· Admin Message Alerts
· TCMonitor Ignore List
· TCMonitor Editor
· Active Scanner Ignore List
· Encrypted Configuration Data
· Expanded Scan Information
· Scan Pause/Resume
· Enhanced Fonts In TCActive!

So 2 THUMBS UP for me!!

Having said that, I think that this combination of bomb-proof FREEWARE SECURITY TOOLS is right now absolutely the BEST ONE available on the market to protect your system against any kind of known and unknown malware (and doesn't cost you a dime...LOL!):

COMODO FIREWALL (or ONLINE ARMOR) + AVAST! FREE ANTIVIRUS 5 + A-SQUARED 4.5 + SUPERANTISPYWARE PORTABLE VERSION (or MALWAREBYTE's ANTIMALWARE which is in my view a little bit inferior than SAS for detecting malware) + THREATFIRE (optional) + SPYWARE BLASTER + KEY SCRAMBLER (Antikeylogger) + ROOT REPEAL or GMER (Antirootkit)

In particular the last FREE version of AVAST is simply AMAZING as it provides a set of great features (Behavior Shield, Behavioral Honeypots, File System Shield, Mail Shield, Web Shield, P2P Shield, IM Shield, Network Shield, Silent/Gaming Mode etc...) that even the award-winning AVIRA PREMIUM 9 doesn't have!!


And it's not an accident that Google has chosen this product for inclusion in GOOGLE PACK after taking note of the last AV COMPARATIVES REPORT that has ranked AVAST 5! as the BEST FREE AV in the market, thanks to its great features and low FALSE POSITIVE DETECTION RATE compared to other award-winning FREE AV such as AVIRA.

Cheers from Italy!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (King of Freebies...LOL!)  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

...how do I run this thing on an offline machine?
Can't do that, even after downloading their definitions' file "malware.abs", which by the way seems to be the same as the current one given with GaD pack.

Reply   |   Comment by Oneiros  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

I wonder why the app keeps on trying to use HTTPS for everything. IMO there isn't anything important enough with this program to keep secret.

Reply   |   Comment by GMMan  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

If this outfit hopes to become "world class", they need to try and get their product included in these major-brand test results at this useful site:

AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - Main-Tests


They test and score for malware detection rates, prevention, removal thoroughness, scanning speed, system impact, false positives, etc. There are several reports (PDF files) to read covering the various categories of tests (make sure you choose the most recent edition).

Take note that no one brand of product comes out on top in all categories -- there are always tradeoffs -- e.g., slower scanning does not necessarily mean more thorough detection, and more thorough detection does not always mean the best removal is achieved (if any at all in some cases).

Reply   |   Comment by harpo2448  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I believe the 8 minute claim is for the quick scan...on the moosoft site (link in post #2) is a graph depicting the efficiency of this product, and below that is a table showing scan times showing this product taking 1 hour ...below THAT is this line: "All tests conducted April 9th through the 13th 2009 with the latest available definitions. 202,679 objects were scanned including trojans, spyware, adware, and all manner of malware not including viruses."

I know I have about 600,000 objects (several scanners have reported this amount when I have scanned My system).....I suppose that, according to the stats, this product would take about 3 hours on My system, comparatively......will try it and see

Reply   |   Comment by phased  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hey,just get Ubuntu and you wont need these cleaners,no need for anti virus or a firewall come to think of it

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-31)

#30: :I have absolutely NO other protection than “Microsoft Security Essentials” which is free and does a perfect job of protecting my 2 computers.:

How do you know?
I'm not knocking MS A/V software -- I ran OneCare for a couple of years, & my wife still does [they've been continuing the subscription, up in August, despite the package being no longer sold]. But I am serious when I ask: "How do you know"? It brings up an important point too often forgotten -- well designed mal-ware is, practically speaking, invisible. If you knew your PC/laptop was compromised, you'd fix it [or have it fixed], & whomever's behind it would have to find another PC/laptop to replace it.

At the same time, how perfect does your anti-mal-ware software have to be? If it's less than 100%, either you're infected or there's a good chance you will be. Another good point to remember.

Odds are that different apps/suites will have different strengths & weaknesses, & scanning with more than one you get some added assurance or protection from the overlapp. No one has any idea how your current A/V software will handle the next, big threat if it hasn't been released yet into the wild, regardless how whatever A/V product *tests* today.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

I didn't find The Cleaner to be all that exciting. It found nothing new on my system (which admittedly is a very new/clean system.)

Personally, I'm a fan of these 2:

AntiVirus Software: Avast
SpyWare, etc: SpyBot Search & Destroy

Reply   |   Comment by Thom Porter  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

i am confused.

i use pctools - threatfire.....free


what is the difference between two product?

which one is better? should i uninstall threatfire???

Reply   |   Comment by ricky  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

For johjn: Installed software on XP machine. Ran software. Clicked on "Register." Entered code. Followed instructions to restart the program. No more "Buy" button. Same experience on Vista 32-bit machine. Conclusion: Read instructions. Follow instructions.

Other observations: Dragged the icon of my C:\ Drive (8GB used) onto the program window and it immediately started scanning. OS is XP and the "Smart Scan" button was checked. That was over 30 minutes ago and it's still scanning. I'm not sure exactly how long ago it started because the Elapsed Time says "N/A." A few minutes later I started a "Full Scan" on my Vista HP 32-bit machine. Dragged my C:\ drive icon (33.5 GB used) onto the program window and it told me I needed to download updates before it could scan. Updates downloaded quickly. Tried drag and drop again, then remembered reading it doesn't work for Vista/Win7. Clicked start and it is still scanning after 29 minutes. I have not yet tried it with TCAActive running.

Reply   |   Comment by h3driver  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I have used this software in the past when i had some nasty trojans to get rid of that a few other programs tried to but failed. I wont say its the best, but it does work very well, especially when its free.


Years ago i always used spybot and adaware for most of my needs. But there were times that i needed something a little better and this program did what those could not. Since it works well with other antivirus/anti malware programs, its a very handy thing to have just in case.

Reply   |   Comment by Vella  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

This is a nice, small [outside of the 20MB pattern file], essentially portable [you'll lose shell integration & auto-start monitoring], mal-ware scanning/removal app. To really judge The Cleaner's effectiveness [like any other anti-mal-ware &/or AV app] IMHO you'd need to use it a while on infected or threatened PCs/laptops.

Scanning speed [how long it takes to complete a scan] is going to be determined by several factors... to begin with how fast is the drive being scanned -- it's simply going to take longer to look at however many files on the average laptop drive compared to a much faster SSD [Solid State Drive using flash memory instead of physical platters]. A badly fragmented drive will also slow things down, sometimes dramatically. Similarly the internal hard drives used on the average PC can vary a LOT, with some being much slower than others, despite similar specs. Right now while I'm in Xp Pro I'm running a full scan of my win7 64 partition, & right off noticed it's running at about the same speed as McAfee Security Center -- for a very good reason... every file The Cleaner opens to check, McAfee's checking also [McAfee as normal does it's thing with every file that's accessed]. I purposely left it that way 1) to compare results, & 2) figure it's sort of a *Two-For* [2 scans in the time it takes for 1]. At any rate, if/when you're judging The Cleaner's scanning speed, those factors matter. I can say [& this is purely subjective] this dual scan doesn't seem to be any slower than a normal scan just using McAfee, meaning The Cleaner's probably a good deal faster.

The Cleaner's real-time monitoring app, tcap.exe does use the CPU [1-2% on my AMD quad], apparently being active rather than passive like McAfee [McAfee waits for something to happen, e.g. a file to open or be written etc]. It's automatically put in the registry run key to auto-start with Windows, but it's easy enough to delete that entry & start/stop it like any other app.

Personally I don't like recommending any A/V or anti-mal-ware because regardless how well it works, or doesn't, this type of software is like a particularly persistent weed -- no matter how many times you pull it up in the garden, the roots go so deep it'll always come back to taunt you. TO me it seems the tentacles of most A/V suites reach into every corner of Windows, & it's very difficult to remove them if/when you ever switch brands. The Cleaner is an exception to that almost rule, & today since it costs you near nothing to add it to your tool kit, you probably should, though whether you'll want to run the monitor (tcap.exe) or not is up to you -- I'll probably switch it on for unfamiliar or seedy neighborhoods on-line, switching it off when I close the browser & move on to other things.

Alternatives... the only one that comes to mind is SpyDLLRemover Portable at portableapps.com -- they also have a portable version of ClamWin A/V.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

You guys should take a look into great Greati's RegRun Platinum suite.
There are also a little tool, Reanimator, which can be used to make diagnosis and send them the results.
Way back in the Win98 times this little pearl saved my skin many times. Think on "system restore for Win 98" and you'll get the idea.
They just need to take a closer look into the first time run of their app - it's confusing to see a lot of windows popping up on the eyes of a new user. Advanced users will deal with it perfectly.

Reply   |   Comment by Oneiros  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Well, Patrick, the scan is a lot slower on a real working system. I think the publisher's scan time claims are based on a PC with a new install and no (or few) program files.

The 'quick' ("Smart") Scan on my system running Windows XP SP3 2GB RAM and P4 2Ghz CPU took 48 minutes. That's on a 42GB drive! Scanning /Firefox/Profiles/ took 16 minutes. Scanning /Windows/system*/ took 18 minutes. A multi-core processor might speed things up if the software is multi-core aware.

My free alternative is Spybot Search & Destroy which will do a **full** scan in under 20 minutes. Like this offering, Spybot's GUI is rather spartan and clunky but adequate.

One thing about The Cleaner is that Kaspersky doesn't seem to mind its existence which sets it apart from many other malware scanners. But quite honestly, Kaspersky does such a good job at detecting malware that I doubt that The Cleaner would be of significant value. On the odd occasion where I have let malware through Kaspersky, Spybot has been a valuable helper tool.

In short, The Cleaner may have some limited value as long as it reliably detects malware. That remains to be seen. I do know that the freeware Spybot Search & Destroy alternative is rock solid at detecting most infestations.

Reply   |   Comment by Hemingway  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

About 5½ years ago, I installed this tool, recommended at the time by the USA Consumers Association, with most impressive results. It consistently cleared Trojans which were missed by my Norton AV.

But then it changed shape and policy, stopped updating and I uninstalled it.

Recently, I tried the free version, motivated by my memories of its old glory. However, sadly, it seemed an entirely different product this time. I intentionally scanned a folder containing several files infected by Trojans but it found none of them! And I had to download the entire database every time, almost 20 MB. So I uninstalled it, though it was free.

As a result, unless I read here really good comments about its performance from people who actually used it, I’ll pass up the offer. There are several other good anti-malware tools, which are also free and will remain so after the 1-year license of this one expires.

Reply   |   Comment by tomcat  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

I've DL'd it and it seems to have registered automatically, but when I opened it to run it - it is running as if everything is OK but, why does it have a box that says 'Buy Now' ? I clcked the box and it opened a purchase page. What's up?

Reply   |   Comment by Bob B  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I've always depended upon CCleaner, Malwarebytes, Spybot and SuperAntispyware but from the reviews will definitely give this a go. I'm also using Online Armor, a very recent GOTD.

Malwarebytes and SpyBot seem to have caught up with SuperAntispyware more recently, but can't be too careful with malware!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Charles  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)


@Happy Person #24:
Actual scan of my hard drive took 10 minutes, 25 seconds (and not the 8 minutes) touted by the developer (...) so this claim is indeed far-fetched and hard to swallow.


Any idea how long a full scan of a two 290GB HD system by Kaspersky takes? 8 minutes may be a farfetched claim, but 2min25secs difference is IMHO no real issue here. If the developer had claimed 10 minutes nobody would bother...

I'm waiting for some more comments here before installing. But even if this program were to take half an hour to do a full system scan, it would stil be 4 to 6 times faster than what I use now.


Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

This program does what it does well hard to make comparisons and other alternatives do more but maybe not as well. I will not be dl because I own it. Very good to add to ur arsenal but you will need av help. Has saved me more than once after several scans with other progs did not help. I've had this since 1999 worth every dollar to have but hey it's free to you here today thank you gaotd and moosoft

Reply   |   Comment by MuddyMike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

It said that GoogleUpdateSetup.exe was infected with Packed.Win32.TDSS.aa which was surprising as I am quite careful with regards to these things. Sending it to Virus Total, it came back clean so it must be a false positive. See http://www.virustotal.com/analisis/44a8444bfa7fe876326d7d1064b4890a03b7a59c0a55528167cf531d1f58ea14-1265983756

Just what I need is to deal with false positives.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Actually I would have picked this one,but I use Kasperskys Internet Security,with Malwarebytes as a backstopper(a scan every week or 2),and I dont believe I need The Cleaner.I think its a good application though,and if people only have a convential AV (signature)I think The Cleaner would be a great addition.

Reply   |   Comment by Nevi  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Here's a a test from one of the guys(FRANKLIN) from Wilders Security Forums ...


just see for yourself what the cleaner detected against malwarebytes

Reply   |   Comment by Adrian  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)


100% detection rate better than kaspersky & even avira, softwares that are always on the top-tier when it comes to detection rate when of both viruses & malware.

PLS tell us who did this test? malware list? malware not detected by other software? the cleaner is not even in any test by av-comparatives or even malware research group.

Honestly such a bold claim by a revived product which hasn't been around in years.

anyways, Thank u GAOTD ..

Reply   |   Comment by Adrian  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

The cleaner had a free version 1 or 2 months before. It had no realtime protection. Now it has become a trialware.
PROS: 1) Its heuristic engine. If you set it on, it does false positives but says what is the percentage of its chance being a real threat.
2) Context Menu Scan option.
3) Offline update can be downloaded from their website/softpedia.
CONS: 1) Frequent false positives.
2) No daily updates. Updates only twice/thrice a week.
3) During update it downloads entire database of size ~18mb.
4) Don't scan for Malicious registry and cookies.
I am not sure whether any registry and browser monitoring is included in the realtime protection.

Reply   |   Comment by Sujay  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I have absolutely NO other protection than "Microsoft Security Essentials" which is free and does a perfect job of protecting my 2 computers.

Reply   |   Comment by Springy  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)

Overall comments on the program above have a good rating I'll give it a try!

Reply   |   Comment by Dereck  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

Ok guys, so tell me, which one is better?

Malwarebyte PRO


The Cleaner

'Cause it's odd how the rating for this program is 3 for everything... I wonder why.

Reply please!


Reply   |   Comment by Joji  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-28)

While TCActive! loads automatically and runs in the backgrund, I can't get The Cleaner to open. I've installed twice. I have no way of evaluating this product.

I'm becoming increasingly sorry I bother with this site. Much of the software offered is a waste of my time. If I'm looking for a free or inexpensive utility, I'd rather just download whichever programs Cnet recommends and be done with it.

Reply   |   Comment by jde  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

I've used this in the past and it scanned my PC and found a bunch of false positives , with that being said, i will not be downloading this.

Reply   |   Comment by dbm  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

My computer was infected the other day and was fixed (Windows2000). The gentleman installed free version of Malwarebytes. Have downloaded today's giveaway, but want to know:

1) Will The Cleaner conflict with Malwarebytes?
2) Is The Cleaner different than Malwarebytes and, if so, how?
3) Should I install today's giveaway?

And just so you know, I do not understand technical language. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by SeniorCitizen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)



* Smooth download/installation/activation on Win 7 (32-bit) OS.
* Registration status is prominently displayed in "About" area.
* Program supports 17 languages: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukranian.
* Detailed, complete Local Help File contained within program.
* Supports Drag & Drop - so user can place selected files in Drag & drop area for scanning.
* Supports "heuristics" scanning.
* Provides "Restore" function - so user may restore quarantined files after scan, if the files are deemed (by user) to be safe.


* Actual scan of my hard drive took 10 minutes, 25 seconds (and not the 8 minutes) touted by the developer - after all, scanning time will depend upon how large the hard drive is and how many files/folders are located on it - so this claim is indeed far-fetched and hard to swallow.

* Program window cannot be maximized/re-sized.
* No technical support contact information is located within Help File.
* Scan-Page progress bar looks as though it's incomplete (i.e., still in the process of scanning) even after the scan is finished.
* Price is way too high compared with equally capable (and more feature-rich) freeware alternatives.

SUMMARY: - Program works fairly quickly & effectively and it has many good features. Two thumbs up. Thx, GOTD & MooSoft.


Drive Sentry Desktop - CNET User Rating 4/5

Ad Aware Free Anti-Malware - CNET User Rating 3.5/5

Reply   |   Comment by Happy Person  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Nice little cute piece of software (Don't go at the size of the file) and such a cute little frank name it has "The Cleaner" . Never seen something like this claiming so much. Well I beleive its true some a fair amount of extent! Happy Cleaning!!

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

There is still a buy button on top of the interface. If I bought this software for the price of $19 and I still see that button, that would be a big turn-off.

I think this is the shareware version; not the full version of the product.In that case, this should belong to the freedownload section; not here in GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by johjn  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

Why,everytime a antivirus is given away on gaotd do the same questions pop up.Read the clues.
The program is available for $19.95, but it will be free for our visitors as a time-limited offer.
This tells me that we are able to use the program for a year.Because the 19.95 price comes with a years licence+updates.
Come on people stop making things complicated when they are'nt.
The terms and conditions ring true for 99% of giveaways on here but antivirus/firewall and malware scanners have to be different or they would be out of date after 1 day.
Thanks moosoft and gaotd

Reply   |   Comment by judydog  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

I guess I only have one question. I am using Ad-Aware Free Edition for my real-time protection on spyware. I don't like it though because the program is huge, and takes up a lot of space.

Since this program has real-time protection, I was thinking maybe I could replace this with my Ad-Aware. The question is is it better though? If this is better than Ad-Aware Free Edition, I'll definitely download it.

Reply   |   Comment by Sam  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Typically programs given away by Give Away of the Day do not include updates to future versions.

Since this is basically an antivirus software, will we get updated virus definitions? Or will it just be an old list? Because if the definitions are not updated, this software is useless.

Reply   |   Comment by Xam Tutha  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Ashraf's claim that Malwarebytes is a free alternative is misleading. This product has real-time protection, while free Malwarebytes can only detect infections after they are on your system.

Contrary to #4, I have found Malwarebytes more effective than Superantispyware.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

The TCActive! module is included in today's giveaway.
Ghacks.net has been updated too.

Reply   |   Comment by StrayCat  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

There is a question without response. This program costs normally $19.95 per year. I wonder if this free GOTD license covers only one year of database updates, or more. If it covers only one year, that means that it's not really a free offer, but just a trialware with an extended trial period. Not really interesting IMO, although it might worth installing it and use it during the validity of the trial period.

Reply   |   Comment by r0lZ  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

I use Superantispyware, Ad-aware and windows defender often, I still get over 40 tracking cookies in a 24 hour period. I don't want to delete my favorites, nor my history, I just want to block all the tracking cookies, trojans, or anything that screw up my computer.

I just dont feel this one is going to work for me... besides "Give away" means give, not a ten time trial... I never download them unless they are a true give away and I need it or want to try it out.

I hope it works for you,


Reply   |   Comment by Cynthia  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-32)

Installed on WIN XP 32 SP3. No problems. Relatively low on resources. Scans and removes malware and that's about it.

I have Panda AV Rro, Win Patrol and Zemana Antilogger (a good combination of protection in my opinion). So far no compatibility problems (while running TCActive! which monitors processes).

Not really a must-have but worth trying. Will keep it for a while to evaluate it. Worth paying for it only if it finds something that free alternative software won't find. But what are the chances of that happening? Depends on the user i guess...

Reply   |   Comment by tzeremes  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Way back in times I used a brand new Win95 OS I also used Moo's "The Cleaner". It was really very good indeed and saved my day several occasions back then.
I lost it out of sight and there are many good alternatives now, only for it's reputation I'm very curious what became of it.
It is small, fast and might be quite a fierce dog to malware too.

One warning though: heuristics are cool, but also a cause of false possitives. Think of this and decide how to use it!

Reply   |   Comment by ALF  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

I'm a happy user of Malwarebytes, which was recommended by
a person I respect. I guess this could be worth a try,
but on the other hand, if it aint broke.......

Reply   |   Comment by oliviab  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
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