Why Layered Defense Is Important
Editor's Note: One of our readers wrote to me about using Malwarebytes in addition to running VIPRE. If you recall, I suggested this as a means of having additional defense without additional expense. The procedure Peter relates is exactly how this should work. The free version of Malwarebytes is run manually and thus does not conflict with VIPRE. No one is going to catch everything, with 70,000 malicious applications released daily, it is impossible. This is why security best practices must always be used, including: up to date definitions, not opening attachments if you don't expect them, and staying clear of malicious sites and rogue security software. It is dangerous out there, I am truly sorry that this is the case but we must stay vigilant in this war against the bad guys. http://vipre.malwarebytes.org/
For the last 8 months I have been basking in the belief that VIPRE Premium is the best antivirus/firewall and doing a grand job. However in the last few weeks my confidence has taken a knocking. VIPRE was not able to clear out or even quarantine a Trojan (LooksLike.Win32.PatchedDriver!A (v): Virus.W32) that it was unable to pick up. I then used Malwarebytes to deep scan my computer and it picked up 24 traces on the first pass and another 74 on the second pass! VIPRE itself was affected as the auto update of new definitions wouldn't work. Moral of the story - even the best is not good enough when it comes to stopping/ picking up/cleaning out infections, you need at least 2 of the best installed. I use VIPRE as the main live antivirus/firewall and Malwarebytes as the backup to prevent conflicts.
This is what I do now. 1. Deep scan daily with VIPRE as many times as required until you get 2 clean sheets. 3. Follow up with deep scanning with Malwarebytes until you get 2 clean sheets. This may be time consuming, but it beats dealing with the frustrations of an infected system and having to re-install the OS and all the other applications. - PC
Editor's Note: Several single malware infections leave many hundreds of traces. Especially Trojans can leave that many, or even up to two thousand traces where they make changes in your computer.