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#1 Cluless

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 04:21 AM

Hi Guys

Have read the latest posts on the above but would like some advice

I am running AVG free with MAM on an Acer laptop with Windows 7. I have never had a problem until AVG came up with its " Summer update ". The system crashed and I had to use system restore.

Am I better of dumping AVG and if so what do I replace it with?

Or should I dump MAM?

Any sound advice much appreciated

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 09:51 PM

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#3 Cluless

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 11:37 PM

I should have said Malwarebytes

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 12:10 AM

Malwarebytes is not an Anti-Virus, it is a supplement to an installed AV. Straight from "the horse's mouth":

>>>Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complimentary but essential program which detects and removes zero-day malware and "Malware in the Wild". This includes malicious programs and files, such as viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and rogue applications that many antivirus programs do not detect or cannot fully remove. It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts. In some rare instances, exclusions may need to be set for your specific antivirus product to achieve the best possible system performance.<<<


Edit to add: FWIW, I use MS Security Essentials with MBAM as an on-demand supplemental scanner. There are several very good free AV's such as MSSE, Avast & Avira. I dropped AVG about 5 ywears ago (too "busy" & bloated IMO) then used Avast Free until a few months ago when version 7 also became too big, "busy" & resource hungry, IMHO.


YMMV.


Edited by Union_Thug, 27 May 2012 - 12:25 AM.


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Posted 27 May 2012 - 01:48 AM

http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=10138&view=findpost&p=49525
Please read Section "H" of the Malwarebytes FAQ, if you wish to keep using AVG with Malwarebytes, as there is a list of ideas on how to make them run better together
Personally I switched to MS Security Essentials, as Union_Thug above has done, and I have no problems with the 2 programs at all -

But the final decision on an Antivirus program is to find one that you think suits your needs -

Regards -
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Regarding running Malwarebites Anti-malware Pro version (with real time protection) - From Exile360 at MBAM Forum -
The realtime protection module in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects threats on execution, not on-access the way that antivirus software does. This means that a threat has to actually attempt to execute/run in memory, not just be downloaded to your computer, before Malwarebytes Anti-Malware's realtime protection will detect the threat.

Antivirus software works differently. It detects items on-access, meaning it analyzes files as they are downloaded to your computer or accessed by other programs.

This means that if Malwarebytes Anti-Malware's realtime protection detects a threat, it should be after your antivirus has already had a look at the item and failed to detect it. If your antivirus detects a threat and removes it, then Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will not even see the threat because it would have been removed long before the threat actually tried to run in memory.

If you are just using Malwarebytes as a Free Scanner, it will only find malware that already exists on your system, and then try to remove it as a final "cleaner" of any of the infection that remains -

Edited by noknojon, 27 May 2012 - 05:11 AM.


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Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:15 AM

I have been disappointed with AVG ever since they made a decision in April 2010 to partner with LimeWire and promote the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, and exposure of personal information.

With the release of AVG 2011/2012, there have been numerous complaints about issues and conflicts with other security tools like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Unlike previous versions, AVG 2011 cannot be easily disabled to prevent it from interfering with other security tools. Read these related discussions:Even MajorGeeks, a popular download hosting site, had issued a Statement on AVG Free 2011 and removed its Editor's Pick listing at that time.

There have been reports of issues with the computer starting properly on 64-bit Windows sytems for which AVG has had to release these fix instructions.

There have also been reported problems with computers after using new features like PC Analyzer and PC Tuneup which purport to fix registry errors in order to make the system more stable and various optimizing tools which can make changes to system settings.

I do not recommend the routine use of registry cleaners/optimizers as they are extremely powerful applications that can damage the Windows registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from booting properly. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

For these reasons, I no longer recommend AVG as a free alternative.

My personal choice is NOD32 Anti-Virus if choosing a paid for program as it leaves a small foortprint or one of the following if choosing a free alternative.
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Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:47 AM

Thanks to all helpers

I had decided to download the latest AVG free software and uninstall the old one. My current AVG kept coming up with a caption asking me to input my license key. To make matters worse for some reason I could not access their web site. It was as if they thought I had free software for too long!!

They were right, have taken Janitors advice and installed Avast. Everything is now hunky dory.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:16 PM

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:47 PM

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Good choice, "The Janitor" lol will never steer you in the wrong direction.




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