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Ad-Adware/Spybot/Malwarebytes & McAfee... all at the same time?

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#1 DPForumDog


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 01:06 PM

Will I have problems if all the utilties below are installed at the same time?



            MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware

            McAfee Antivirus

            Spybot Search&Destroy -


Once I get my computer clean I need to have something in place.


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:16 PM

Hi Granny,


You can have all of those utilities installed, but be aware of running more than one of the utilities at the same time.





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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:26 PM

MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware + McAfee Antivirus is ok and there should not be any issues.

As for Ad-Aware and Spybot Search&Destroy...

mvps.org is no longer recommending Spybot S&D (or Ad-Aware) due to poor testing results. See here - (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products). Further, most people don't understand how to use Spybot's TeaTimer and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth. TeaTimer monitors changes to certain critical keys in Windows registry but does not indicate if the change is normal or a modification made by a malware infection. The user must have an understanding of the registry and how TeaTimer works in order to make informed decisions to allow or deny the detected changes. If you don't have understanding how a particular security tool works, then you probably should not be using it. Additionally, TeaTimer may conflict with other security tools which do a much better job of protecting your computer and in some cases it will even prevent disinfection of malware by those tools.

To be fair, there are now new versions of Spybot such as Spybot 2 + AV (Home & Pro) and Spybot 2 Free but I have not used them, nor read any reviews as to how well they perform.

As for Ad-Aware.

Ad-Aware...have gone into a downhill spiral over the past five years and recently sold the company to Solaria... Majorgeeks stopped listing Ad-Aware as a “pick” some years ago as we watched the quality of the company slip over the years...it can’t stand up to the new generation of anti-spyware applications...

What does the future hold for Ad-Aware?
Lavasoft Controversies

Also read Lavasoft Turning to the Dark Side? written by a former volunteer (now a MVP) who provided support for Ad-Aware but no longer uses the program.

With that said, the newer version of Ad-Aware Pro Security 10.4 has earned Certificates & Awards from AV-Test and did well in Virus Bulletin August 2013 Testing results.

You may want to read: Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools
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