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Windows 7: Is it okay to have AV along with Malwarebytes ?

30 Nov 2012   #1

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Is it okay to have AV along with Malwarebytes ?

Hi, I'm using avast free av along with Malwarebytes

Is it okay to use both at the same time without harming my PC ?

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30 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

It`s fine, but we recommend Microsoft Security Essentials along with Malwarbytes. ( the paid version )
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30 Nov 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

If you're not prone to infection you can get by with MSE with the free on-demand MSE scanner run monthly, less often if you don't get infected at all.

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30 Nov 2012   #4

Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I'm not using MSE because it uses much more resources , same as Windows Defender .
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30 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

How can you say that as MSE only runs when I tell it to.

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30 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

As long as you don't have multiple AV you should be fine. Malwarebytes is a secondary precaution.
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30 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Its perfectly normal , I am running the same combo of MBAM and Avast with no problem .
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01 Dec 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

I don't think MSE uses more resources than Avast. Avast was always on equal footing with MSE here for years in the recommendations I saw given. But over a year ago Avast bloated up with a gadget and web app that was made hard to avoid for most users. That and the regisration nags trying to trick users into upgrading to paid version with dire messages turned many off to it, I believe. Meanwhile MSE became even more seamless and nearly disappears by comparison.

If you had problems with MSE or any app running up your CPU then I'd reinstall it. I see occasional repeat errors in Admin log for MSE which I simply google and then resolve nearly effortlessly. Other than that I see no problems with it on countless thousands of installs.

That said, use what you're comfortable with since you must be inured to Avast scare messages now.
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01 Dec 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

The OP is fine with avast! Free and MBAM (Paid or Free) as they both work together fine. MBAM works with almost every AV with no issues, although some AVs won't install if MBAM is present. MSE struggled again recently, and I for one (at least here ) wouldn't recommend it.

Security Essentials fails latest AV-Test | The Download Blog - CNET Download.com
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01 Dec 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

It's nice CNET didn't have a Norton ad on the same page with the article as they once did for AV ratings!

I think the most authoritative ratings are the real-world experience we see here at the top tech help site on the web, something with which CNET can't compete. And there's something wrong when ratings never correspond to that at all.

I have seen infections with MSE which caused me to lose some faith, but overall it seems adequate protection and as the BSOD analysts will tell you causes the least problems.
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