help: can't figure out which software is the best


So I’m a newbie in this and have been trying really hard to keep my computer’s security up. So currently I have the following software: COMODO, AVG, Spybot, Malewarebytes, & Hijackthis. I had ZoneAlarm as well but i deleted that yesterday and replaced it with Comodo. So I am just wondering…is AVG necessary anymore if i have comodo now? I have been using AVG for some time but I see that comodo does the same things… So it would be great to get a couple views on that.

Also I have a question about the Comodo Log View. If it says: "Action: Detect " what does that mean. Cause I see it has “detected” a “TrojWare.win32.trojan.agent.~FAJ@10391887” does the detect mean it has been quarantined? (I hope it does) because it doesn’t give me the option to quarantine, so i am a little confused about that…

One other thing is there hope for me if i have this troj? can all these softwares help me? or am i ■■■■■■■?

thank you thank you thank you for all and any help/advice – everything is appreciated!

As to your question about the detected trojan. Look at the settings for scanning mode that caught the trojan. Go to Antivirus → Virus scanner settings and see how the Real Time Scanning, Manual Scanning and Scheduled scanning are set.

I think Comodo AV is now proabaly on par with AVG on detection rate. If you use Comodo with the AV you also get spyware protection. Using CIS, with the av, will make your computer run lighter when you disable or uninstall AVG. On older hardware, like I work on, that is a solid argument.

I use Spybot, Malwarebytes Anti Malware and A squared as on demand scanners only. Incidentally I may use HJT. Do you use Spybot and MBAM on demand or on access?

.is AVG necessary anymore if i have comodo now?
IMO, not really. You can strip AVG down to the point where the only time AVG runs, is when it's updating, scanning the harddrive or single files. This method below will remove stuff like safe surf and link scanner from running in the background
1. After downloading the AVG setup file, right-click on it and select 'Create shortcut'. Now right-click on this

newly created shortcut and select Properties, then in the Target box, one blank space after the last character,

enter the following text exactly as shown: (it’s easier to copy and paste :slight_smile: )


even better idea


Run this new shortcut and it will start the AVG setup file with the parameters specified above. This will prevent

AVG from installing the Linkscanner feature, AVG Security Toolbar and related web-browsing protection, all of which

can result in increased CPU usage and slower web browsing. These features cannot be properly disabled from within

AVG, so they need to be removed using this method. If you’ve already installed AVG then you can still follow this

step and it should remove these components from your system. More details about this method can be found in this


  1. During the installation of AVG, make sure to select the Custom option, and I recommend unticking the 'Email

Scanner’ and ‘Plugin for Microsoft Office’ components, as I feel they are unnecessary. Note: More recent versions

of AVG also may have a Linkscanner option, untick this as well (if Step 1 doesn’t already remove it).

  1. Once AVG has installed, start it and go to the Tools menu, then select ‘Advanced Settings’. I recommend the

following settings:

  • Under the Appearance menu untick the ‘Display system tray notifications’ box to remove the unnecessary AVG icon

in the System Tray/Notification Area.

  • Under the Linkscanner menu untick all available boxes.
  • Under the Scans menu you should tick all boxes except ‘Automatically heal/remove infections’ in each case - this

ensures that should AVG detect a false positive, it won’t automatically delete it from your system.

  • Under the Schedules menu untick every available option - instead I recommend updating prior to doing a manual

scan at a time of your choosing.

  • Under the Resident Shield menu untick the ‘Enable Resident Shield’ box to disable this background functionality,

as it can and will interfere with other programs and may reduce overall performance and stability.

  1. While the changes above will reign in most of AVG’s intrusive and problematic behavior, in addition to these

changes, it is also recommended that you take some additional steps to disable unnecessary/intrusive components. To

start with, AVG installs an active Windows Service called ‘AVG8 Watchdog’. While this service needs to be left at

Automatic for AVG 8 to work, it actually runs two separate files in the background: avgwdsvc.exe (for the Watchdog

Service) and avgrsx.exe (for the Resident Shield service). If you’ve disabled the Resident Shield feature of AVG,

then it is also recommended that you to go to your \Program Files\AVG\AVG8 directory and rename the avgrsx.exe file

to something else; this will prevent it from starting up in the background without affecting AVG scanning


  1. Now run Autoruns (see the Startup Programs chapter) and under the Everything tab, untick the following AVG

startup components which are unnecessary if AVG is configured as above:

  • AVG8_Tray - this item just relates to a tray icon which has no real benefit.
  • Linkscanner - this item shouldn’t be shown if AVG is installed as above, but if it exists, untick it.
  • AVG Safe Search - this item shouldn’t be shown if AVG is installed as above, but if it exists, untick it.
  • AVGMfx86.sys - this item is related to the Resident Shield functionality.
  • Avgrsstx.dll - this item is related to the Resident Shield functionality.
  • All incidences of AVG8 Shell Extension - this removes the ‘Scan with AVG Free’ context menu entries.

Once all the steps above are completed, reboot your system and start AVG. You will see one or more red warning

prompts from AVG - you can safely ignore these. Click the ‘Update Now’ tab to run the web updater to ensure that

AVG is up to date. If there are any problems, recheck the procedures above, and if nothing else works, uninstall

AVG and reinstall it, then only follow steps 1-3 above this time. To start a manual scan of your system with AVG

click the ‘Computer Scanner’ tab and then select ‘Scan whole computer’ to scan everything, or 'Scan specific files

and folders’ and then specify the particular folder(s) you wish to scan. I strongly recommend running the AVG

Updater by clicking the ‘Update Now’ tab before doing any scan, to make sure the virus definitions are always up to

date. Manually scanning your entire system once a week, and always scanning potentially harmful files which you

have downloaded before you open or launch them is strongly recommended and more than adequate when combined with

some common sense if you want to ensure your system remains clear of major malware.

Note that AVG 8 has a known incompatibility with the ‘immunize’ function of certain other malware products like

Spybot, and this will result in excessive false malware detection in such cases. Note: This may have been fixed in

more recent versions.

I don’t know how much more effective AVG8.0 Free will be - reports are that it’s quite good (based on the paid

version) - but I hope an update to the program allows users to disable the resident shield service within the

program’s normal settings because it serves absolutely no purpose when resident shield is disabled. I don’t like

being forced to have any form of background scanning active.