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How good is the full Malwarebytes?


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#1 QQQQ

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 05:43 PM

Okay it's a mad mad malware world lately, I have seen McAffee, Symantec, AVG network edition, Avira, Bit Befender, Eset NOD32 and some others get infected. They were all up to date at time of infection. In all cases the user was doing Google searches for stuff like hairstyles, porn,wedding stuff,dog breeds,baby's names that start with a g,sporting goods, cars, and various other popular searches. They clicked on whatever they want and got infected. So will Malwarebytes full version help this uneducated user who will click on whatever he/she wants and keep them from getting infected? Of course I know nothing is bullet proof, a new baddy comes out everyday and definitions come out to combat them, so some may get by. Does anyone have any experience with the full version and how well it blocks the infections. (even if an uneducated user clicks okay/yes/please infect me!)

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 01:03 PM

When compared to other security tools like Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware, the advantage of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) is that it uses a proprietary low level driver similar to some anti-rootkit (ARK) scanners to locate hidden files and special techniques which enable it to detect a wide spectrum of threats including active rootkits. IMO it has proven more effective than many of the stand-alone ARK tools which are available. MBAM intentionally does not search for and remove cookies which pose no significant threat. The research team investigates new rogue applications and malicious files so the database is usually updated several times a day in an aggressive effort to keep it current. Scanning is performed quickly while other tools can take hours.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 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 scans use heuristics that bypasses polymorphic blackhat packers & encryption, MD5, check memory (loaded .exes and .dlls), unique strings, autostart load points and hotspots (everywhere current malware is known to load from) and multiple other malware checks which are not discussed in public to safeguard the program from malware writers. 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 but it can be used to scan every drive (including removable) on the system.

The Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Protection Module 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.

However, no single product is 100% foolproof and can prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 08:22 AM

Thanks quietman7.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 10:04 AM

You're welcome.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 10:07 PM

Also, Limited User Account would greatly reduce the chance of infections. Like quietman7 said, safe computing practices are very important, see Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC, Safe Computing in Under an Hour, Safe Web Practices and How to Stop 11 Hidden Security Threats.




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