When compared to other security tools like Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware, the advantage of MBAM is that it uses a proprietary low level driver (similar to some ARK detectors) to locate hidden files and special techniques which enable it to detect a wide spectrum of threats including active rootkits. Scanning is performed quickly while other tools can take hours.
MBAM is designed to remove malware as effectively with a Quick Scan as it will with a Full Scan which takes much longer to complete. Both do full heuristics, memory, load points and multiple other malware checks. The Quick Scan looks at the most prevalent places for active malware so scanning every single file on the drive isn't always necessary. The Full Scan only has the ability to catch more traces in rare circumstances.
I recommend taking advantage of the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Protection Module
which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology
to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware. This technology monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they can infect your computer. The database that defines the heuristics is updated as often as there is something to add to it. Enabling the Protection Module feature requires reqistration and purchase of a license key that includes free lifetime upgrades and support. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as it utilizes few system resources and should not conflict with other scanners or anti-virus programs.
The free version of SAS does not provide real-time protection or scheduled scanning so there is no need for it to run at startup...disable that feature and use it as a separate stand-alone on-demand scanner
Edited by quietman7, 05 February 2009 - 10:59 AM.