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what's the diff in an anti-virus like ( McAfee) or using a security program like ( Malwarebytes) ??? I am a comcast customer, and my McAfee has run out, so im lookn into buyn another security of some sort, or re-newing my McAfee. Any suggestions???
Essentially, they look for and remove different types of threats. To fully understand the difference between an anti-virus and anti-malware program you need to understand the difference between the various types of malware and How Malware Spreads.
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 - See Understanding virus names. 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-viruscombined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.
Edited by quietman7, 11 July 2010 - 06:15 AM.
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