Are Malware Programs Necessary?

Dear Computer Lady,

I love your column and have learned much. I have Norton AV provided through Comcast. I would like to know if it is still necessary to install Spybot, etc. ?
Thank you, Bethany


Dear Bethany,

I don’t know that I would insist that it is necessary to install additional anti malware programs like Spybot Search & Destroy and Spyware Blaster, but it will add some extra protection.

No matter what antivirus program you have installed, it will never protect you against every threat out there on the internet. Since you can only have one antivirus program installed at a time, it makes sense to compliment your antivirus with one or more of these anti spyware programs.

I prefer Spybot Search & Destroy and Spyware Blaster because they are free, easy to keep updated, and they don’t need to be running all the time in order to protect your computer.


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