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anti virus/ anti-malware???

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#1 bigmexx78


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Posted 11 July 2010 - 12:32 AM

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???

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 06:12 AM

Antivirus and Antispyware Software: What's The Difference?

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.

What is Malware?
What is Spyware?
What is Adware?
What is Rogue software?

What is a Virus?The Difference Between a Virus, Worm, Trojan Horse and Blended Threats
What is the difference between viruses, worms, and Trojans?

What is a Backdoor Trojan?
Trojan FAQs: Common Trojans and how they work
What is a Botnet?
What is an IRCBot?
What is Whistler Bootkit
What is a Worm?
What is an Infostealer?

What Is A Rootkit? - To learn more about these types of infections, refer to:What are Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPS)? - McAfee White Paper: Potentially Unwanted Programs

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-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.

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