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Concerns about my current anti-virus.


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#1 Carbine556

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 11:23 PM

Hello, some hours ago I started browsing this website after researching about internet security and was impressed by it's content, so I decided to give it a go. I'm not very good with forums and I'm still improving my english, so I apologize If I come as cold or incomprehensible.

Anyway, on to my "concern". After lurking around the site for a while, I stumbled upon a disturbing fact: I was using an already unreliable (and slow, for me at least) Anti-spyware software: Ad-Aware. So I proceeded to uninstall it and got malwarebytes (free version) instead. I ran the quick scan, and found three virus registry keys and deleted them, then ran a full scan and it didn't detected anything.

Later, I read that AVG did a "wrong" move, or so to say, about endorsing peer-to-peer software (like Limewire), and found that it's not as reliable anymore. Now I'm in the middle of a dilemma, should I stick with my AVG suite (I'm running the 9.0 version), or should I change to another anti-virus? I also know that the full version of malwarebytes is not compatible with AVG, due to both of them having a real-time scanner, right? Or would it also not be compatible with other anti-virus software as well?

Thanks in advice. I hope I was at least somewhat understandable.


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Posted 30 April 2011 - 05:06 AM

AVG is anti virus and MalwareBytes is anti spyware so there is no conflict. And the free version of MalwareBytes isn't real time protection anyway. Generally speaking, AVG is no longer recommended and should be replaced by either Avira or Avast.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 11:09 AM

I know that AVG is an antivirus and malwarebytes is antispyware. Just saying, I'm not new to this. I've had nasty infections that I've fixed myself, and the worst case I've had was with my second pc, back in 2005. I was so close to restoring my pc, but in the end the virus won. I lost everything... I was using avast!, and it didn't let me down until that day.

In 2009 I changed from AVG to Avira. Again, another malware struck my system, this time it wasn't deadly however, just annoying. It had installed a rogue anti-spyware and changed the background of my desktop. Although I was cautious (or lucky) enough to have made a backup some days earlier. I simply formatted my HDD and it was alright after that.

Thank you for the advice. I only had to be sure. From what I've seen, Avira detected most malware, so I may go with it again.

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 03:56 AM

Although I was cautious (or lucky) enough to have made a backup some days earlier. I simply formatted my HDD and it was alright after that.


That's an excellent practice.

I always make full image backups of my systems, about once a month, weekly file backups of my data, and daily file backups of my essential data.
And I also have an off-site backup of all my data.

Not only does it help you recover from malware infections, but also from other disasters like HD failures, stolen laptop, fire, ...

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 11:05 AM

Yeah, I learned that after that disastrous lost of my data. Always backup.

By the way, what program do you use to make backup images?

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 04:18 AM

By the way, what program do you use to make backup images?


Acronis True Image Home 2010.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 06:53 AM

If any conflicts between Malwarebytes' and another security program are reported, suggested solutions are usually provided in the Common Issues, Questions, and their Solutions, FAQs thread.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 02:48 PM

Thank you, I shall read it soon enough.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 06:17 PM

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