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#1 RbtCmpt

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:03 AM

What's the difference?



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:30 AM

there is some crossover in their scopes, and the lines keep blurring with each release of either of them.

but they are different beasts and I personally run them both whenever cleaning a PC.

 

if you haven't already, let Google be your friend and check out their websites.


Instead of reading this, why not do a backup of your PC.

You won't regret it.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 05:50 AM

AdwCleaner is a portable adware cleaner created by Xplode (and now owned by Malwarebytes) 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. An example list of what is detected and removed can be found here.

In October 2016, Malwarebytes announced the acquisition of AdwCleaner and intent to integrate it's technology within Malwarebytes' flagship products but the free stand-alone program will remain intact for those who wish to use it without Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes 3.0 combines their previous Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit, Anti-Ransomware programs along with malicious website protection into one product which is just called "Malwarebytes". It uses a combination of remediation technologies as well as proactive and signature-less technologies which were previously incorporated into their Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware. Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium can be used to replace your existing anti-virus or serve as an adjunct anti-malware solution to strengthen your protection since it lacks some constructs that a traditional anti-virus application employs. The Development Team continues to provide support for those who choose to use a traditional third-party anti-virus solution together with Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes 3.0 comes in Premium and Free versions which supports all Windows versions from XP to Windows 10. The Premium version 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. Malicious Website Blocking (IP Protection) is part of the Protection Module and works after it is enabled. When attempting to go to a potential malicious website, Malwarebytes will block the attempt and provide an alert. This technology dynamically blocks malicious webpages & servers, prevents the execution of malware, proactively monitors every process and helps stop malicious processes before they can infect your computer. An example list of what is detected and removed can be found here.

 

The free version of Malwarebytes 3.0 does not include real-time protection in its freeware mode...it is only an advanced on-demand cleaner that detects and removes malware when you run a scan, therefore it cannot be used to block or prevent malware infection.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 05:18 AM

Thanks for the good explanation. :thumbup2:



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 05:25 AM

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