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Should I replace Ad-Aware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware?


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#1 Lloyd T

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 05:21 PM

Which one would find more malware? Which will clean the system better?

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 05:29 PM

Short answer is yes. Ad-Aware definitely isn't what it used to be...
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Posted 15 November 2008 - 06:08 PM

I have just removed Ad-Aware and installed Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It did a full system scan for about 20 minutes. The computer came up clean.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 06:20 PM

I agree with Gal. MBAM is now the new God.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 06:22 PM

I agree Malwarebytes is a lot better that Ad-Aware. If you want to make sure your computer is free from malware you might try using free online virus scanners.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 06:22 PM

MBAM can detect adware and spyware, right?

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 06:25 PM

I believe so yes.
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Posted 15 November 2008 - 06:29 PM

MBAM can detect adware and spyware, right?


The deifinition lines for malware are blurred so much now that those two terms really mean nothing anymore. All the nasties cross the boundaries of categorization. So that question really is moot.

I agree with Gal. MBAM is now the new God.


I wouldnt' go so far as to say MBAM is god.... that's a bit of a stretch. But it's better than Ad-Aware... which really doesn't say much though. :thumbsup:

Edited by Galadriel, 15 November 2008 - 06:30 PM.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 06:42 PM

I wouldnt' go so far as to say MBAM is god....


No, of course that was just to illuminate how good it was. As everyone knows there are no false Gods...

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 06:42 PM

Hello.

I would say that MBAM is especially good at removing malware. Most AVs and other programs have a hard time with active infections.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 06:47 PM

Except Our Lord, Spybot :trumpet:


:thumbsup: SO true! :flowers:
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Posted 15 November 2008 - 07:10 PM

So are you saying that Spybot is better than MBAM?

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 07:12 PM

um, not really... at least not anymore... it was a joke. :thumbsup:

Edited by Galadriel, 15 November 2008 - 07:13 PM.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 07:49 PM

Except Our Lord, Spybot
So are you saying that Spybot is better than MBAM?

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Spybot is an old program that has been around for a while. It's not one of those new programs out there anymore. Well, not anymore.

MBAM's scan is fairly quick to, which I personally like. Please do not use MBAM as your On-Access scanner, unless you are using the full-version which has real-time protection. I would say you will still need an Anti-virus program. Its more of a malware scanner, which scans for malware. Malware to me is considered categorized big because it is anything that:

Malicious computer software that interferes with normal computer functions or sends personal data about the user to unauthorized parties over the Internet.


There are other scanners out there that scans for other categories such as viruses, spywares etc... MBAM also is good at taking out rogue infections and also some vundos which most scanners can't. My AVG did a bad job cleaning some registry keys called "trojan.fake alert" while MBAM cleaned out everything.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 08:23 PM

Well, I use AntiVir as my real-time antivirus. I'll use MBAM as my antispyware.




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