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MSE vs Mbam

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#1 Guest_Jayson201_*


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Posted 07 July 2010 - 04:40 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials.
A relatively new Anti Viral program, from Microsoft, free to anybody who uses genuine Windows.

Malwarebytes Anti Malware.
One of the best scanners I have seen in my life. Picks up trojans, worms, backdoors, etc.

I have recently taken control of my mothers old desktop. An HP Pavillion. Previously used by my sister and brother, I was sure Malwarebytes was going to sweep it of all viruses that it undoubtedly has. I put MSE on the desktop, as the main Anti Viral program.

Last night, Mbam found 39 baddies. I expected more, but, Ah well. Then I put MSE on the computer, and I had both MSE and Mbam running a full scan at the same time, After the 39 baddies were gone, of course.
Mbam has finished its scan, saying no baddies are on the computer, while MSE is still running its scan telling me it has found some "unwanted" stuff.

Is it possible that Microsoft has actually made a good Anti Virus program? Probably. It seems obvious, that it would be the best AV for its own Operating System.
It seems the guys at Malwarebytes are experiencing some "slippage" lately, and Microsoft is actually working towards making their Operating System safer to use.

It probably isn't anything big. I just felt I had to write this. It probably is nothing, but a "slump" of some sort. It is true, that what one AV Scanner wont pick up, another will. Possibly what MSE is detecting isn't even as bad as MSE thinks. That's probably why Mbam hasn't picked it up.

Until Next time my friends, Stay frosty.


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Posted 07 July 2010 - 07:04 PM

Hi Jayson201,

Yes, Microsoft Security Essentials is one of the top FREE Antivirus' available at the moment.

...MBAM is good at catching things that many of the AV programs miss, but it does not look for all the things that the AV programs do.

MBAM has no antivirus component. You must have an AV. Do NOT go without one. period.
Microsoft's Security Essentials would be a good choice, if you do not have an AV.


Tip: It is not a good idea to have multiple security software run on-demand scans at the same time, there is a great potential for conflict by doing so, and you will sooner or later run into problems.

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 10:18 PM

Viruses by definition are Malicious Software, and Malware MEANS Malicious Software....
I do know that if you pay for the licence, you can get real time protection, so this guy is not entirely right.

oh, off topic: It seems that Malwarebytes uses IP Board also :D

and I do have to agree with the guy who said "mbam+Microsoft Sec. Essentials= pro.."
Technically, the guy who said Mbam has no AV component, may be lying. I could get the license and get real time protection, and scan/update scheduling, along with protection from bad sites.

off topic again: Dear lawd, Since I have installed MSE, people have been throwing around my advice like CANDEH!

My point is, Mbam detects what it has in its definitions, be it a virus, a trojan, or a backdoor. If its in the definitions, its dead AND gone. (After the scan of course)

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 12:17 AM

Technically, the guy who said Mbam has no AV component, may be lying.

Given that he is a Moderator of the MBAM forum I doubt that he is lying.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 09:34 AM

If you are also using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware real-time protection, please read Section I here.

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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