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Malwarebytes or Kaspersky or BitDefender or ?


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#1 ggianakos

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Posted 17 April 2015 - 12:23 PM

I have been using Malwarebytes for years.  Recently, my computer wouldn't boot up. The technician who worked on it recommended Kaspersky.  I had read that this is created in Russia and comes with Malware.  Is that true?  PC reviews show Kaspersky, BitDefender, Avast and Malwarebytes as top picks (depending on who is reviewing them.

 

Any suggestions ??? I need to renew or purchase by Sunday.



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#2 Sintharius

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Posted 17 April 2015 - 12:28 PM

Hello there,

I'm not sure where the rumor of Kaspersky containing malware comes from, but it's nonexistent.

As to answer your question...

There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-virus. Every vendor's virus lab and program scanning engine is different. Each has has its own strengths and weaknesses and they often use a mix of technologies to detect and remove malware. In many cases choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference and what works best on a particular system. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs. Please read:Here are links to some recent BC discussion topics with opinions from other members:Here are links to polls about this very subject:My personal choice is Emsisoft Anti-Malware as it is lightweight, features both AV & AM protection, has good protection and interface, excellent support. Avast is also good if you want a free solution.

However, the ultimate choice is up to you.

Note: You MUST use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware alongside another AV, as MBAM alone does not provide complete protection against malware.

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Posted 17 April 2015 - 12:46 PM

Hi ggianakos :)

I'm not sure of where you read that Kaspersky bundles malware, but it's obviously false and you shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet :wink: I've been a Kaspersky Internet Security user for years and it has always done an excellent job on all my devices and it's one of the top Antivirus company there is, along with other big names like Emsisoft and ESET.

Also, I don't know what kind of review "PC Review" did, but Malwarebytes sure doesn't fit in the same category as Kaspersky, Bitdefender and Avast. The latter are Antivirus companies who offers Antivirus products, while Malwarebytes offers an Antimalware program. Antimalware are meant to complement Antivirus programs, which means they are meant to run alongside existing Antivirus product on a system without conflicting. Sometimes you might need to add exclusions for each other, but it's really rare. So here's the choice is simple: you can already get Malwarebytes, no matter which Antivirus product you get, since it'll be your Antimalware. Or you can take Emsisoft Anti-Malware as well, both are the two top Antimalware at the moment.

So the real question here is: Kaspersky, Bitdefender or any other Antivirus or your choice, it's yours to make. The speech Alex gave you was written from quietman, and it's part of his article on General Security Practices when using a computer. I suggest you to read it and pay attention to it since it'll help you choose the Antivirus that is the best suit for you and your system. On a side note, you can also read quietman's full thread, since it also includes advice on choosing an Antimalware program, Firewall, etc.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/

Personally speaking, I can answer questions you have on Kaspersky products. Alex, quietman and Emsisoft employees can answer the ones you have an Emsisoft if needed. quietman can also answer your questions on ESET. I'm saying that because we are all users of these products and have been for quite some time now so we most likely know the answer to the questions you can have about these, just let us know :)

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Posted 17 April 2015 - 04:45 PM

Just because Kaspersky is headquartered in Russia does not mean it comes come with malware. Kaspersky is an excellent product and used by a lot of folks worldwide.

Since you included Malwarebytes together with several anti-virus programs, just to be sure you are aware....

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not an anti-virus program nor should it be used as a replacement. Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like anti-virus software so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. The following quote is a statement from the Malwarebytes Team.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary 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.

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A similar statement is in this Malwarebytes HelpDesk Article: Does Malwarebytes Anti-Malware replace antivirus software?


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Posted 17 April 2015 - 07:30 PM

Kaspersky is clever,Bitdefender agressive and more false positivies.But also heavy one.Scanning all the time backwards I think.Instead Avast ,ESET and Emsisoft are much better.



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Posted 17 April 2015 - 07:42 PM

All security scanning software are susceptible to glitches, bugs, database issues and false positive detections ffrom time to time. In most cases when these issues occur, the anti-virus vendors and security tool developers take quick action to correct the problem and provide support to those users who have been affected. In fact, most have dedicated subforums for reporting/dealing with such issues.
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 07:42 PM

Kaspersky is a really great antivirus, Of course, it does not contain malware. It is defintley better than malwarebytes and bitdefender.


Edited by BananaMustacheDonkey, 06 February 2018 - 07:45 PM.


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 04:51 PM

The story I heard that started the rumor about Kaspersky is that a CIA contractor took one of their discs home to do work on his computer, which was protected by Kaspersky. Since the work consisted of using "malware" to hack into other computers, Kaspersky recognized it as such, and sent the programs back to Russia for analysis. Somehow, the Russian government got its hands on the CIA malware in the process. The problem was that the employee should not have used the software at home, and Kaspersky did what it was paid to do--find malware. I think the story is probably accurate, but I don't know this with certainty. Kaspersky moved some of its servers out of Russia, so maybe so.

 

So what do I run? Kaspersky and MWB in tandem.



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 06:10 PM

If you choose to use Kaspersky, you still can use Malwarebytes.


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 06:50 AM

Just because Kaspersky is headquartered in Russia does not mean it comes come with malware. Kaspersky is an excellent product and used by a lot of folks worldwide.

Since you included Malwarebytes together with several anti-virus programs, just to be sure you are aware....

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not an anti-virus program nor should it be used as a replacement. Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like anti-virus software so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. The following quote is a statement from the Malwarebytes Team.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary 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.

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A similar statement is in this Malwarebytes HelpDesk Article: Does Malwarebytes Anti-Malware replace antivirus software?

Agreed. Kaspersky is much more advanced than others.  Just see how heavily you can tweak Kaspersky Internet Security? You can set it so it's near enough default deny and then there's Kaspersky's signatures and web shield. You can't tweak Bitdefender to anywhere near the level of Kaspersky. Kaspersky at default settings is far more advanced than bitdefender at it's best settings. Kaspersky have great signatures, great webguard and then there's it's BB system watcher which is also top notch, then there's application control, the Trusted Applications mode (TAM) Bitdefender is overrated and it simply isn't in Kaspersky's league.
 
Kaspersky Internet security comes with Ransomware protection by default, in fact you could turn off Kaspersky's AV and let system watcher and application control handle Ransomware

Edited by henryy, 22 March 2018 - 03:54 AM.


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Posted 28 March 2018 - 12:38 AM

Kaspersky is a better option than Malwarebytes and BitDefender. Kaspersky is more advanced in-respect to Internet-security or web shield.

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 12:25 PM

I work IT support for the government and I used to love Kasp and supported a few hundred PC's with it.  But with all the hacking the Russians have been involved in the past few years I would not trust this product anymore (this is my opinion, I do not know anything more than what I see in the news and security articles). I removed it from all my machines and use mawarebytes instead. I used Kaspersky all the time when other virus protection software would not find the problem, It really is a great product but its not worth taking a chance Russia is using it to spread malware. I wish i knew for sure but the one thing I do know is that Putin would %100 use it to infect computers. Now is Putin making the company do this I do not know. Its just not worth it. I am looking for a antivirus for my sons gaming computer.  I need something lightweight which uses minimal system resources.


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Posted 31 March 2018 - 12:53 PM

... I am looking for a antivirus for my sons gaming computer.  I need something lightweight which uses minimal system resources.

ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus and Emsisoft Anti-Malware are effective but leave a small footprint....meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources which slow down performance.
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