So I was just wondering, what's the latest on this critter, and if you caught this thing through a drive-by or whatever, how would know you were really using your true banking site? Also, would something like Webroot Spy Sweeper, which I feel is the best for what's available for Vista x64, be able to detect it? I'm assuming this pest is easier to catch on IE than Firefox, correct?
Yes, you right. Firefox is best choice, more safe.
Also, I have never been big on running my anti-spyware app in the system tray because of resource concerns, but now I'm starting to change my thinking. But if you were going to go that route, would you be better off running your main antispyware or something like SpywareBlaster?
Yes your should use good antispyware program, and update it regularly.
- Malware Bytes Antimalware
is an excellent antispyware program. It's scan times are usually under ten minutes, and has excellent detection and removal rates.
is another good program with high detection and removal rates. Both programs are free for non commercial home use but provide a resident and do not nag if you purchase the paid versions.
- Also install SpywareBlaster
. It will added a large list of programs and sites into your Internet Explorer and Firefox settings and that will protect you from running and downloading known malicious programs.
You should use a firewall. Without a firewall your computer is susceptible to being hacked and taken over. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly. I would recommend ZoneAlarm firewall
. Its easy to use.
Finally, I realize that this is a rather vague question, but do you feel that ESET Smart Security, of which I currently run, is overerated? I'm thinking of changing to Avira Internet Security because it has better detection ratings. I'm not so sure how good their firewall is though.
Both application are good. Read more reviews on the Internet and make your choice.