Re: SP3 will not install but no error message

On Mon, 12 Apr 2010 21:25:01 -0700, LewB
<whoislew@xxxxxxxxxxx(sparethespam)> wrote:

In Program Files this is listed as Microsoft Antispyware and has 3 folders
Deactivated Items, Quarantined, and TempUpdates and 13 files and 17MB total
size. Modified on %-% 2006. Perhaps as someone suggested this could be
Windows Defender?

To my surprise (I didn't remember this at all) Windows Defender was
formerly known as Microsoft Antispyware. See

That means you have a *very* old version of it, which you should get
rid of.

"Ken Blake, MVP" wrote:

On Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:44:01 -0700, LewB
<whoislew@xxxxxxxxxxx(sparethespam)> wrote:

I have Microsoft Antispyware Program on this computer, apparently there
since 2006.

There is no program with that name. Please clarify exactly what you
mean. Do you mean Defender?

Was this the predecessor of the MSE program and needs to be
removed before downloading MSE? I should be able to disable the McAfee and
then run the MSE to see how the two compare?

MSE is much better than McAfee.

I haven't tackled the somewhat involved process recommended by Glen and
for home use question if this is a bit of "overkill"?
Also I downloaded, installed and ran Malwarebytes and it came up with
two items after hours of full scanning and these were removed. I also
downloaded and installed and ran SuperAntiSpyware and it found three items
from AdWare. What do you folks think about the Spyblaster program and AdWare?

They are OK, but not a good as Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware. I
would run them *instead* of Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware, but I
don't object to also running them.

I don't know if this thread is being followed by all so will copy this
comment to the others. Thanks.


"Ken Blake, MVP" wrote:

On Tue, 6 Apr 2010 18:17:01 -0700, LewB
<whoislew@xxxxxxxxxxx(sparethespam)> wrote:

Ok I then would appreciate your best suggestion, free or otherwise. The
computer store that did some diagnostics for me said they like Spyseeper
antivirus from Webroot. I had their basic program spyware program for a
number of years before their antivirus program became available. There
should be some consensus of opinion from those of you that follow these
matters closely as to the best two or three or four one should consider.

Here are my recommendations:

Get one of the following anti-virus programs

The best--NOD32

Free and almost as good--Avira, Avast, or Microsoft Security
Essentials (as I said in my last message).

Also get at least the following two anti-spyware programs (both
freeware)--MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and SuperAntiSpyware. Having more
than two is even better, but don't run them at the same time.

"Ken Blake, MVP" wrote:

On Tue, 6 Apr 2010 08:44:11 -0700, LewB
<whoislew@xxxxxxxxxxx(sparethespam)> wrote:

Finally a computer wise person said
McAfee was available through my cable system (Cox) at no cost so I went for

Ugh! There are several better anti-virus programs available for free:
Avira, Avast, and Microsoft Security Essentials.

I have always considered it to be in the same league as Norton, etc. I

LOL! Yes, it's in *exactly* the same league as Norton. As far as I
(and many others here) am concerned those are the two worst anti-virus
programs available.

It's a big shame, as far as I'm concerned. Twenty years or so ago,
McAfee was the best such program available, Then Norton took over as
the best. But today, Norton is the worst, and McAfee is second worst.
What happened to them and why they went from the top to the bottom, I
don't know.

Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
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