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Which one is better Avast or Malwarebytes ?


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#1 inkoalawetrust

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Posted 23 August 2016 - 11:54 AM

Should i keep Malwarebytes or is Avast better ?


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 12:14 PM

Malware bytes has been dependable for decades, where as Avast is a baby in comparison. Both should perform regular database updates. I use Malwarebytes religiously as it has a very wide range of detections, and I've had Avast miss viruses before, not very reassuring if you're using your machine for sensitive tasks :P



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Posted 23 August 2016 - 12:17 PM

Malware bytes has been dependable for decades, where as Avast is a baby in comparison. Both should perform regular database updates. I use Malwarebytes religiously as it has a very wide range of detections, and I've had Avast miss viruses before, not very reassuring if you're using your machine for sensitive tasks :P

Yea but the free version of Malwarebytes has no real time protection


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 12:19 PM

 

Malware bytes has been dependable for decades, where as Avast is a baby in comparison. Both should perform regular database updates. I use Malwarebytes religiously as it has a very wide range of detections, and I've had Avast miss viruses before, not very reassuring if you're using your machine for sensitive tasks :P

Yea but the free version of Malwarebytes has no real time protection

 

 

 

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Posted 23 August 2016 - 12:21 PM

Neither.

 

Avast is anti-virus software. Malwarebytes is anti-malware. They compliment each other, not compete with.

 

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Viruses are a specific type of malware (designed to replicate and spread), while malware is a broad term used to describe all sorts of unwanted or malicious code. Malware can include viruses, spyware, adware, nagware, trojans, worms, and more


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 12:23 PM

 

Neither.

 

Avast is anti-virus software. Malwarebytes is anti-malware. They compliment each other, not compete with.

 

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Viruses are a specific type of malware (designed to replicate and spread), while malware is a broad term used to describe all sorts of unwanted or malicious code. Malware can include viruses, spyware, adware, nagware, trojans, worms, and more

 

Yeah, exactly. It probably comes down to personal preference, but I'd rather be covered in multiple areas than a single one, especially in the advanced technological age.



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Posted 23 August 2016 - 12:24 PM

 

 

Malware bytes has been dependable for decades, where as Avast is a baby in comparison. Both should perform regular database updates. I use Malwarebytes religiously as it has a very wide range of detections, and I've had Avast miss viruses before, not very reassuring if you're using your machine for sensitive tasks :P

Yea but the free version of Malwarebytes has no real time protection

 

 

 

What do you use your computer for?

 

Browsing the internet


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 12:28 PM

Again, it's personal preference, but from my tech perspective it's better to have a wider range of protection, as the internet is not limited to just viruses, you could download a rootkit, a Trojan, worm, etc, or even accidentally open that email... :smash:



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Posted 23 August 2016 - 02:34 PM

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?

In simplistic terms, Anti-virus programs use massive databases with different scanning engines and detection methods to scan for infectious malware which includes viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkis and bots.
Anti-malware programs use smaller databases and generally tend to focus more on adware, spyware, unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs and potentially unsafe applications.
Anti-virus and Anti-malware solutions with anti-exploitation features protect against drive-by downloads, exploits and Exploit Kits.
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Posted 23 August 2016 - 03:51 PM

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.

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

In simplistic terms, Anti-virus programs use massive databases with different scanning engines and detection methods to scan for infectious malware which includes viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkis and bots.
Anti-malware programs use smaller databases and generally tend to focus more on adware, spyware, unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs and potentially unsafe applications.
Anti-virus and Anti-malware solutions with anti-exploitation features protect against drive-by downloads, exploits and Exploit Kits.

 

So i should install Avast too?


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 04:20 PM

If you only have Malwarebytes installed...then yes you need to install an antivirus.

However, avast! Free Antivirus has been becoming more of a disappointment for the past several years and I no longer recommend it.If folks are looking for a free alternative I generally recommend recommend either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if they prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender.

For those who do not mind a paid for product, I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-virus is also a good choice for the same reason.

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Posted 23 August 2016 - 05:05 PM

If you only have Malwarebytes installed...then yes you need to install an antivirus.

However, avast! Free Antivirus has been becoming more of a disappointment for the past several years and I no longer recommend it.

If folks are looking for a free alternative I generally recommend recommend either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if they prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender.

For those who do not mind a paid for product, I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-virus is also a good choice for the same reason.

For more suggestions see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.

 

Im not gonna create an account for any of those.


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 05:23 PM

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Posted 23 August 2016 - 05:24 PM

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Ill just stick with malware bytes so i wont end up installing everything i see.


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 05:53 PM

You are free to do whatever, but in my professional experience, I wouldn't be caught without both. I have seen BitDefender Free Edition catch a number of viruses that Avast or AVG couldn't handle. Panda Free (my current AV) caught something a few months back that did not come up on Mbam's scheduled scans.






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