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Windows 7: question about malwarebytes


15 May 2014   #1

Win 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
question about malwarebytes

does malwarebytes free version only removes malware or does it also remove viruses


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15 May 2014   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Let's not have that discussion again :-)

Please see this post...
...and (if you can stand it) read that whole thread.
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15 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

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Let's not have that discussion again :-)

Please see this post...
...and (if you can stand it) read that whole thread.
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15 May 2014   #4

7 Pro x64 SP1, XP SP3 VM
 
 
Excellent writeup by quietman7 @ Bleepingcomputer.com...

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does malwarebytes free version only removes malware or does it also remove viruses
Answers to common security questions - Best Practices - Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Software

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Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools

An anti-virus program alone does not offer enough protection and does not provide comprehensive protection. It cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. Anti-virus software is inherently reactive...meaning it usually finds malware after a computer has been infected.

Anti-virus and anti-spyware (anti-malware) programs each perform different tasks as it relates to computer security and malware detection. Essentially, they look for and remove different types of malicious threats. In simplistic terms, an anti-virus program will focus on viruses, worms and Trojans while an anti-spyware program tends to focus more on spyware, adware and PUPS (potentially unwanted programs)?. However, there can be some overlap in functionality and detection features depending on the program's scanning engine, how the vendor defines a specific threat and what Naming Standards are used. Some vendors also add a modifier or additional information after the name that further describes what type of malware it is.
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15 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kf10 View Post
does malwarebytes free version only removes malware or does it also remove viruses
Malware is a general term for all threats. Malwarebytes is not an antivirus. Malwarebytes should be used alongside a antivirus. Malwarebytes detects spyware, trojans, rootkits (it does detect some types of viruses, but that varies on how the maker specifies a threat) etc. (malware)
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15 May 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

MBAM is recently acting more and more like a full AV program IMHO. Some of its features act like a firewall too. It has stopped outbound traffic from some malicious ad site and block malicious page.

In answer to the OP question, yes to make it simple, but it's not a full-on AV security suite but sure acts like one. This is for the paid version to have real-time protection turned on.
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18 May 2014   #7

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

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