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Windows 7: Malwarebytes4AV?

15 Mar 2011   #1
xMiNK

Windows 7 Professionals 64bit
 
 
Malwarebytes4AV?

Can Malwarebytes anti-malware be used as an antivirus? (I have the paid version btw)..


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15 Mar 2011   #2
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Malwarebytes is targeted more towards malware. It will catch some viruses, however it has limits to what it can detect, viruswise. Viruses generally fall into a different category and are usually more destructive.

You can however use Malwarebytes in conjunction with an AV, as Malwarebytes is an on demand scanner.

To get an idea of the choices you have in the AV department, perusing the threads will give you an idea of what most people use or prefer.

MSE is a good free AV if you'd like to try it

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
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15 Mar 2011   #3
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

In a way it is an "anti-virus" product since malware is a generic term for any malicious software/code be it a classic virus or trojan or worm.

Malwarebytes will stop a lot of malware, but not all of it, as neither will any single product. For this reason, it often makes sense to use another anti-virus product along side. There are lot of choices, and even more opinions on these choices, than you may care for.

Many users, myself included, have Malwarebytes running, and also free Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). I recommend using that, or another of your choice, in addition to Malwarebytes. That way, you improve, but don't guarantee, your security.

You can get MSE here :

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

Regards,
Golden
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15 Mar 2011   #4
xMiNK

Windows 7 Professionals 64bit
 
 

I want to use Malwarebytes as my AV because I hate MSE -__-'
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15 Mar 2011   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xMiNK View Post
I want to use Malwarebytes as my AV because I hate MSE -__-'
Fair enough....but I would still install and use another product in addition to Malwarebytes. The choice is yours........

Regards,
Golden
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15 Mar 2011   #6
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Heres some insight into what MBAM does and doesnt.

Quote:
We carve out our niche by looking at what antivirus detects and removes successfully, and then explicitly going after the rest. We try to make it as easy as possible for you to couple us with an antivirus for a full security solution.
Read more What does Malwarebytes detect and not detect? - Malwarebytes Forum
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15 Mar 2011   #7
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Why do you hate MSE?
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15 Mar 2011   #8
xMiNK

Windows 7 Professionals 64bit
 
 

Thanks everyone
As I download alot of malicious stuff (No questions asked ^o^) I will be getting a AV with my Malwarebytes.
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15 Mar 2011   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xMiNK View Post
Thanks everyone
As I download alot of malicious stuff (No questions asked ^o^) I will be getting a AV with my Malwarebytes.
Mmm...perhaps you would be wise to reconsider what you are downloading. There is NO combination of AV software that will protect you 100%. Your best defense is your downloading/browsing habits.

Good luck,
Golden
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15 Mar 2011   #10
BuzzCola

Windows
 
 

Malwarebytes has great detection rates, I can't recommend it enough.
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