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#1 chavez enrique

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 04:16 PM

how can i install malware to protect my computer i went to malwarebytes.org to find an antivirus but then the validation email sent me to bleepingcomputer.com
Is malware the best anti-virus?

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 04:36 PM

Is malware the best anti-virus?

I lol'd at that, sorry.

Malware is malicious programs installed unwillingly on your PC. You don't want malware on it.

-to your question. Malware bytes only offers a scanner for free. You will want and need a active(real time) anti virus software. Some good ones are AVG Free, and Avast. However, if your PC is really running Windows 9X, then you'll probably need to check around for what works best on it. Windows 9X is mostly forgotten about by now.

Edited by NpaMA, 18 December 2010 - 04:37 PM.


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Posted 18 December 2010 - 07:53 PM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is just what it says, an anti-malware scanner. It is intended to supplement an anti-virus program, not replace it.

The full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Pro) includes a real-time Protection Module that uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and the ability to schedule updates. This technology runs at startup where it monitors every process and helps stop 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. Keep in mind that Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like an anti-virus program so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. Those who purchase the full version receive a license key via email which includes a lifetime of free upgrades and support. For corporate and business customers, annual licenses are required. 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. If you choose the free version, you can just use it as a stand-alone scanner, however, Malwarebytes' service (mbamservice.exe) will still show in Task Manager which is normal.

Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no best anti-virus. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs. For more specific information to consider, please read Choosing Your Anti-virus Software.

No single product is 100% foolproof and can prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. Just because one anti-virus detected threats that another missed, does not mean its more effective. 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, safe computing and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.


Free Antivirus programs: (choose and install only one). I recommend any of the first three.

Edited by quietman7, 18 December 2010 - 07:54 PM.

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