I have obtained a copy of Webroot Spy Sweeper, and I am thinking of using that instead of Avast!, the antivirus software I currently use. I'm wondering what experiences people have had using Spy Sweeper, and if they recommend it.
they both suck.
Spy Sweeper is not a substitute for an antivirus program. It's designed to combat spyware and some other forms of nastiness (but not viruses). I have use Spy Sweeper and in my opinion it's an invasive, extremely irritating piece of crap that should not be used under any circumstance.
If you want to remove spyware, use AdAware and SpyBot. Everything else that Spy Sweeper does can be done for free, and with far less annoyance, with a dash of common sense.
Avast! is a damn good antivirus program, but if you want to change and don't mind paying, take a look at NOD32. It's widely acclaimed to be one of the best antivirus programs (at least, out of the ones that are readily available to consumers).
Note : NOD32 gave me quite a number of false positives when I tried it ... Avast is great, AVG is nice too (except that AVG doesn't check if you have a fullscreen app running before opening its update windows and I couldn't find how to disable automatic updates :mad: ).
If I had to actually buy an AV, I think I'd go for Kaspersky [this is not an advert, just a personal opinion, etc... ].
I use Spy sweeper and have do so for a few years now, I have tried others but have always gone back. Everyone has there fav for some reason or another but this one is mine.
I would keep using Avast!, its the best free AV program IMO.
Avast! has served me very well so far, with just a few minor complaints. I love the resident protection, and how it can stop malicious downloads before they even start.
Could I use Spysweeper alongside Avast! or would that cause resource conflicts?
I can't see why you'd be unable to use both, but I did mean what I said about it (but obviously, it's my opinion).
I use more then one anti spy program, spy sweeper is my main protection, I use ad aware for a back up just in case. But the way spy sweeper is set up it stop things before they happen. You can never be to careful. But when it comes to anti virus I think yer only supposed to use one of those so they do conflict.
I know, but there's prevention and then there's extremely fucking irritating protection that whines every time you do something to your computer. I suppose it's all right if you install your programs and then that's it, in which case anything it picks up won't be something you've installed. But I mess around with software a lot, and as such it annoys the hell out of me.