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Microsoft Essentials Has Never Detected Anything


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#1 wdrbbq

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 02:48 PM

I'm curious. I've run Malwarebytes Premium along with Microsoft Essentials on this 64 bit Windows 7, HP laptop for a few years. I just checked the history in Microsoft Essentials and found it has never detected anything, while Malwarebytes has resisted an onslaught. Is this normal or is Microsoft Essentials refusing to work beside Malwarebytes Premium without telling me? Has anyone ever experienced Micro Essentials detecting anything? Thanks. 



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Posted 12 July 2017 - 02:57 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free anti-malware solution for Windows 7 and Vista that combines the features of an anti-virus and anti-malware scanner to provide real-time protection against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. IMO, MSE is just as good as any other free antivirus solution (and probably easier to use for the novice) without bundled toolbars or nagging popups.

Although Microsoft Security Essentials provides some anti-malware protection...it is weak, meaning it does not provide comprehensive protection and cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. This is true for most anti-virus solutions. 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 generally scan for infectious malware which includes viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkis and bots.
Anti-malware programs 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.

Therefore, you need both an anti-virus and an anti-malware solution for maximum protection.
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 03:03 PM

Thanks for your prompt response. So then, you're saying that the two serve different purposes and are not completely redundant, although there is an overlap, correct?



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Posted 12 July 2017 - 03:36 PM

Yes.
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 03:45 PM

Ok. Thanks again. 



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Posted 12 July 2017 - 04:02 PM

You're welcome.
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 08:56 PM

Malwarebytes likes to find PUPs you never knew you had, and, leave most folks failing to understand how they ever got there...; many are quite harmless , however....

 

I'd rather find a few PUPS than the 300 cookies that Hitman finds.. :)


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