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Malwarebytes Vs. PC Tools Spy Doctor

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I'm sure this question has been posted before. In fact I've read where basically both programs are reliable with the exception that Malwarebytes, does NOT have technical support to the same level as PC Tools.

That being said, specifically in my case using an older Dell Dimension Pentium 4, 3.4 GhZ with 3 Gigs RAM, and XP SP3, I've found version 9 Spyware Doctor to be 'top-heavy' slowing down my system compared to an older version 7. Please know I'm extremely well-versed using both Macs & PC's, and have tried adjusting the settings in version 9 to NO avail. This version definitely SLOWS things down.

Does anyone have an opinion regarding 'Malwarebytes' as a good alternative in my particular system?

Thank you


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Thank you

A little more information please?

Wondering if I should UNINSTALL Spy Doctor version 7 FIRST? Might be a good idea since it's expired and cannot receive anymore updates anyway.

Would like to go ahead and pay the $24.95 for the PAID version, specifically because:

"Do note that real-time protection is restricted to the paid version, as is the scheduler for updates and scans."

Then should I install the following?

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Avira Free Antivirus

Advanced SystemCare Free


SuperAntiSpyware PAID Edition

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I uninstalled PC Tools.

I installed the Free Trial version of Malwarebytes

My first impression is that this program runs 'lighter', (less top heavy), in my particular system than Spyware Doctor version 9 - I like that. It also seems efficient and up to date.

Anyone know what this program might lack that Spyware Doctor version 9 has?



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