Recently, I got an email which looks suspicious and had an attachment.

I knew it was a virus because it was obvious from the content of the email and when you open the compressed zip file, the file instead was an executable.

Once extracted, the contents of the zip file on my desktop looks like this:

Scanning with Avast! (fully updated), it didn’t detect anything:

However, luckily I had Malwarebytes installed (antispyware/malware software) and scanning with it produced this:

So I Quarantined it:

This shows that even though I have an Antivirus (Avast!), it doesn’t mean that it guaranteed me complete protected from viruses, trojans, spyware or malware.

What I’ve found is while Antivirus software is good for viruses, it’s not that great with Spyware, Malware or Trojans (while they claim it) and it can potentially miss something (in this example, a Trojan).

So, with that in mind, I want to write about what is the Best Protection against viruses, spyware, malware and trojans?

Here are my list of recommendations:

  • I would highly recommend that you get an antispyware/malware program such as Malwarebytes or SuperAntiSpyware to compliment your antivirus software. Both will work together fine and will provide that extra layer of protection.
  • Practice caution when opening email attachments. One of the most common ways to get a virus is through emails. If you don’t use UPS, you shouldn’t get an email from UPS. Also, companies do not send you executable attachments.
  • If you haven’t entered any competitions or sweeptakes, then chances are, you haven’t won anything. So emails and websites that tell you that you’ve won something that you haven’t entered into, then it’s fake and just get rid of it.


– Read Part 2 of this post using another virus email and it’s findings here: Importance of having antispyware/malware with antivirus software – Part 2

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