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Windows 7: Is it okay to install an antivirus if there is a malwarebytes already?

09 Sep 2012   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Their are many anti virus programs that will protect your computer some better than others. I and many others here have choosen MSE.
Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows
It's made by Microsoft for Microsoft operating systems.
I like many use Malwarebytes Anti Malware with no problems at all. I have use the free one and now I use the Pro active with MSE and no problems. When you read through this Forum you will find that some 3rd party anti virus don't get along with Windows 7 for what ever reason.


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10 Sep 2012   #12
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oxymoron02 View Post
Norton's ability to provide decent heuristic detection updates has waned in the last few years; that's why the sales 'advisors' in companies like PC World (UK) try to get you to buy it. They have a massive pressure from above because PC World and Norton as companies are in bed with each other, so to speak.

The main free antivirus programs also block attacks in real-time, even Norton; so it's not just Malwarebytes. In fact if you're using Malwarebytes there is no need in having Norton installed at all; MBAM's heuristics are far superior to Norton's!
It sounds like you are saying a real-time Anti-Virus program is not needed if Malwarebytes Pro (real-time) is used.
That's not true and is bad advice.
MBAM is designed to be used WITH a real-time Anti-Virus program.

Here is an MBAM forum thread about this:
Free version vs. the Pro Version...a few questions.... - Malwarebytes Forum
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10 Sep 2012   #13
oxymoron02

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

No, if you read what I said there is no need to have Norton installed. A technicality, but one which preemptively wins this "argument" before it starts.
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10 Sep 2012   #14
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Norton and MalwareBytes free are fine to run side by side. MBAM has an entirely different engine than Norton and the free version has no active protection.
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10 Sep 2012   #15
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oxymoron02 View Post
No, if you read what I said there is no need to have Norton installed. A technicality, but one which preemptively wins this "argument" before it starts.
OK, you win the argument.

I said "It sounds like you are saying a real-time Anti-Virus program is not needed".
That was the impression i had reading your post.

Your post/advice did not also state that a person should also use a different AV program if Norton is not used.
That is why i posted as I did.

Sorry i misunderstood...
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10 Sep 2012   #16
oxymoron02

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

It was my fault anyway for not being more clear. Editing post in question~
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10 Sep 2012   #17
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Thank-you for editing to clarify this!
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