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#1 Scott Stoef

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

I'm looking to get some advice on a new anti-virus for my computer. I tried to use Comodo Internet Security and I found it to be too intrusive. So I went with Microsoft Security Essentials based on a lot of recommendations. Now I'm very careful when I surf the web, but I did open a page that looked legit but it obviously wasn't. MSE didn't do anything to flag the site or anything. So I went ahead and ran the trusted MBAM and it found 18 Malware items on my computer from the quick scan. I went ahead and ran a full scan and it found another 5 items. All of them were successfully cleaned off the computer. I then went online and ran the ESET scanner and it found another one that it was able to clean off. Based on the low detection rate of MSE and I'm getting all kinds of weird pop-ups coming up (browser is Firefox 18), I just think it is an inferior product.

Now I can get Norton Internet Security for free from my ISP, but I realize a lot of people are not fans of that product. The only other recommendation I saw was for Avira and Avast. So I'm open to any advice you might have because I obviously need to make a change.

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#2 noknojon

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

Hi -
2 items come to mind - First, Are you able to date all of the infections that MBAM found, as they may be pre-existing problems.

Second, Your Antivirus (regardless of brand) is limited in what it will scan and in what it will find / remove (also includes if you use a firewall) -

You must remember that Malwarebytes is not an Antivirus, so it will pick up other items that your Antivirus will not touch or look at -

Based on the low detection rate of MSE and I'm getting all kinds of weird pop-ups coming up (browser is Firefox 18), I just think it is an inferior product.

Based on your above statement I would think you already have an infected computer, MSE and MBAM are not 100% (nor is any system) -
I personally have used MSE and MBAM for quite a while now, and I am very happy with the setup. I am also careful about browsing and online games.

Please open a new topic in Am I Infected area of the forum, and describe all of your Current problems so that we can help further -

Thank You -

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

I'm looking to get some advice on a new anti-virus for my computer. I tried to use Comodo Internet Security and I found it to be too intrusive. So I went with Microsoft Security Essentials based on a lot of recommendations. Now I'm very careful when I surf the web, but I did open a page that looked legit but it obviously wasn't. MSE didn't do anything to flag the site or anything. So I went ahead and ran the trusted MBAM and it found 18 Malware items on my computer from the quick scan. I went ahead and ran a full scan and it found another 5 items. All of them were successfully cleaned off the computer. I then went online and ran the ESET scanner and it found another one that it was able to clean off. Based on the low detection rate of MSE and I'm getting all kinds of weird pop-ups coming up (browser is Firefox 18), I just think it is an inferior product.

Now I can get Norton Internet Security for free from my ISP, but I realize a lot of people are not fans of that product. The only other recommendation I saw was for Avira and Avast. So I'm open to any advice you might have because I obviously need to make a change.




There is nothing wrong with Norton but it's normally a paid product. If your ISP is offering it at no charge, use it. My ISP used to offer Norton but they switched to a different company a while back. I never had a problem with Norton but I wouldn't pay for it.

#4 Scott Stoef

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:26 PM

Based on your above statement I would think you already have an infected computer, MSE and MBAM are not 100% (nor is any system) -
I personally have used MSE and MBAM for quite a while now, and I am very happy with the setup. I am also careful about browsing and online games.

Please open a new topic in Am I Infected area of the forum, and describe all of your Current problems so that we can help further -

Thank You -


Actually the computer is a complete rebuild with a clean install of the OS. I did have a virus that I cleaned off, but I was still having problems with computer performance so I decided to do a full reinstall. I haven't used the computer for anything other than normal internet surfing. I actually think I picked up something when I was comparing OOMA vs. Obihai. There was a link in one of the forums that was pointing me to a site to get a discounted OOMA device. The site instantly started to act weird and I knew the link was obviously bad, but MSE never warned me or anything.

I have since added spywareblaster to my tools and I'm also looking into a DNS registry tool. That being said I think I still have the MBAM logs so I will post them out there. I don't think it was anything too bad and I found the program and uninstalled it immediately.

I still think I'm going to go back to Norton. I didn't go with them this time because I read a post by a network guy who recommended using a different Antivirus than your ISP for multi-tier protection. Seemed to make perfect sense, but when I used Norton in the past MBAM never found anything.

Thank you so much for your advice and recommendation Noknojon!




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