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Confused between Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware

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#1 GustavoWoltmann016


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 09:39 PM



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Are there any differences beteen anti-virus and anti-malware? If there are- what are they?

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 02:03 AM



No one tool can catch everything, which is why security experts recommend a layered approach.Your best bet is to use an antivirus

program to catch the classic threats and an anti-malware program, such as Malwarebytes Antimalware.


Technically all viruses are malware, but not all malware are viruses.

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:10 AM

Anti-virus and anti-malware programs each perform different tasks as it relates to computer security and threat detection. Essentially, they look for and remove different types of malicious threats.

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 zero-day malware, drive-by downloads, exploits and Exploit Kits.

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