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Is malwarebytes and AdwCleaner enough ?


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#1 inkoalawetrust

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Posted 28 August 2016 - 09:08 PM

I run Malwarebytes (Free) and AdwCleaner on my computer to scan malware but is it enough or do i need something else too for protection since i have nothing with real-time protection ?

(I also have other things like Rkill, Malwarebytes Anit-Ransomware, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit (Free) and JRT.)


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Posted 29 August 2016 - 09:33 AM

A recently topic by you Which one is better Avast or Malwarebytes? in which you indicated you would keep MBAM and would not install an anti-virus.
 
Looking at what you do have, you still don't have an AV.
 
To answer your question: While both are excellent programs they are not "good enough". As you were told in your other topic you need an AV.

In your other topic you were told MBAM is not an antivirus so I won't repeat what was said there.
 
RKill is not protection. RKill - What it does and What it Doesn't - A brief introduction to the program
It is an "after the fact" program and does nothing to PREVENT malware/infections. It does not get rid of malware.

MBAE-specific purpose, does not do what an AV does
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/malwarebytes-anti-exploit/
 

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is a security program that protects you from zero-day exploits that target browser and application vulnerabilities. This program is meant to run alongside your traditional anti-virus or anti-malware products and provides extra protection against software and Windows vulnerabilities that are discovered, but do not have a patch available to fix them.


Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta: specific purpose. Will not protect system over-all

JRT: another "after the fact" program.

To answer your question

do i need something else too for protection since i have nothing with real-time protection ?


YES, you need a REAL TIME antivirus.

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Posted 29 August 2016 - 09:47 AM

I know rkill isnt an antivirus i just want to avoid dowloading everything i see like i did once.


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Posted 29 August 2016 - 10:17 AM

I installed Avast but it doesnt want to enable file/web shield because i have another antivirus called Kingsoft Antivirus running but i dont know if i should uninstall it.


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Posted 29 August 2016 - 01:52 PM

I don't know anything about Kingsoft.
 
What I do know is that you should uninstall Avast OR Kingsoft.

Please read  quietman's post HERE,  under IMPORTANT NOTE: Using more than one anti-virus program is not advisable


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Posted 29 August 2016 - 02:07 PM

I just completely disabled Kingsoft completely and Avast isnt complaining although the process is still running.


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Posted 29 August 2016 - 05:31 PM

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free is just a stand-alone scanner which offers advanced malware detection and removal...it does not provide any real-time protection and therefore, it cannot be used to block or prevent malware infection.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium includes a real-time Protection Module that uses advanced heuristics scanning technology to monitor your system, prevent access to and from known malicious webpages, and prevent the installation of most new malware, stopping malware distribution at the source...it is not free but it is worth the investment.

AdwCleaner is a portable adware cleaner created by Xplode (a BC Security Colleague) that is designed to search for (generic and static detecton) and remove many potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, toolbars, browser hijackers, browser extensions, add-ons/plug-ins, browser helper objects (BHOs) and other junkware as well as related services, registry entries (values, keys), files, folders and potentially unwanted extensions.

So to answer your question...Malwarebytes (Free) and AdwCleaner is not enough.

BTW...anti-virus software components insert themselves deep into the operating systems core where they install kernel mode drivers that load at boot-up and create files/folders/registry entries in various locations. It is not uncommon for some anti-virus programs to not completely uninstall itself using the usual method of Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) in Control Panel or to result in various errors due to the presence of related services and processes running in the background.

In some instances uninstalling may fail or not work properly. Most anti-virus vendors provide clean-up utilities or removal tools on their web sites to remove remnants left behind after uninstalling, or for a failed uninstall or failed reinstall. Remnants include related registry entries, files and folders created in various areas of the OS. It's always best to download directly from the vendor's site to ensure you are using the most current version of the uninstall utility as it is not uncommon for third-party hosting sites to have outdated versions which may not work properly.


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Posted 29 August 2016 - 06:01 PM

Im sure its obvious that AV programs need to install their own drivers which as expected are gonna be hard to remove because AVs like Avast have boot-time scans that start before windows (atleast judging by this video).

(Edit:I just checked the registry and theres still AVG,ESET,Hitmanpro/hitmanpro.alert etc and a bunch of crapware leftovers from a time i installed everything i saw.)


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Posted 29 August 2016 - 07:02 PM

That is why many security vendors offer cleanup tools, not only for a failed uninstall, but also to remove the leftover remnants.
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Posted 29 August 2016 - 08:18 PM

That is why many security vendors offer cleanup tools, not only for a failed uninstall, but also to remove the leftover remnants.

Thats also what im saying.


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Posted 30 August 2016 - 06:33 AM

At the very least, I'd have Windows Defender and firewall installed and working. In fact, I consider them to be extremely effective, especially so when running Win10.


Im a rookie and purely recreational pc user. Im utterly obsessed with security (even though I consider myself a safe and law-abiding internet user!) and run a combo of the following freeware security suites.....

Windows Defender/firewall

Regular scans with Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, JRT, HitmanPro

 

 

 


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Posted 30 August 2016 - 06:47 AM

Windows 8/10 Defender is just as good as any other free antivirus solution (and probably easier to use for the novice) without bundled toolbars or nagging popups.
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Posted 30 August 2016 - 07:36 AM

Windows 8/10 Defender is just as good as any other free antivirus solution (and probably easier to use for the novice) without bundled toolbars or nagging popups.

Mean while on the topic of AVs bundling toolbars and extensions this is what i saw opening Chrome today10109947.jpg

(Its saying some program on my computer added Avast Online Security and asking me if i want to enable it)


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Posted 30 August 2016 - 07:46 AM

In post #4, you said you installed avast!

If you install avast!...the avast! Online Security extension (plugin) will be added to the browse as part of the installation.

Avast Online Security Plugin (formerly WebRep)
How to Uninstall or Remove Avast Online Security Plugin from Firefox, Chrome and IE browsers
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Posted 30 August 2016 - 08:03 AM

I had selected custom installation to avoid crap like safezone or whatever.


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