I just purchased Malwarebytes pro version (been using the free version for years), because I wanted the real-time protection option. I've been reading some of the pinned topics on protection in these forums, but it is a lot of information to go through, but my question is:
Do I still need to use an anti-virus program with real-time protection along with malwarebytes?
This is a new computer, a couple of months old, and I had been using a free trial of Norton to start with. I have removed Norton, and as mentioned above, purchased Malwarebytes pro. Just not sure if I need another security product to go along with it.
I'm also an MBAM Pro user and have been running it simultaneously with Norton 360 AV on 2 Windows 7 x64 PC's for about 14 months with no conflict issues.
As other posters have mentioned, MBAM Pro is a good complimentary tool to use alongside your AV product to increase your protection against specific malicious infections in addition to detecting many PUP's.
PUP = "Potentially Unwanted Program". More info from the MBAM Knowledge Base - PUP's
Some advice about this topic around the 'net:
I've learned that this is a hot-button topic, particularly over at the Norton Forum. Some members there recommend avoiding MBAM Pro (paid real-time version) since, they contend, it conflicts with Norton AV products, thus increasing the chances of allowing an infection into one's PC due to the 2 tools conflicting for ownership when a malicious threat is detected.
However, when asked for Symantec (Norton) lab test data and specific incidences where Norton AV customers have become infected specifically due to proven conflict issues as a result of using MBAM Pro with a Norton AV product, no data or examples of such infections as yet have been made available at their forum to substantiate the claims of conflicting issues.
When one reads about the methodology of MBAM's scan engine at the MBAM Forum, provided from staff members, and compares it to Norton, the 2 tools are using different scan techniques so as to avoid conflict scenarios.
Since MBAM Pro is not scanning using the same method as AV products, it's not considered as a conflict in the same way that running 2 AV products would result in conflicting scanners on one's PC.