For the second time within a month the live protection part turned itself off and couldn't be turned on.
The first time I reinstalled it and activated it with my key. No problems.
However, the second time this happened (yesterday), something went terribly wrong. The file I was able to download had the same edition number but said in addition "consumer". I have never seen such a thing in a software you download. But I was freaked out because just earlier MBAM had averted my going to a malicious website, and on top of it I had computer problems with my VPN (unable to connect) so I felt super vulnerable and kind of frantic. I downloaded the "consumer" version of MBAM and guess what - it was nowhere to be found. Disappeared into the ether.
Meanwhile my connection problems with VPN were driving me nuts and I decided to do a System Restore. It helped in that I was immediately able to use my VPN again, but now I am still faced with the strangeness of MBAM. I don't trust it anymore.
Apparently a few years ago the company went through some changes. I know this site uses MBAM as part of its arsenal to help people with infected computers. But there are also people on here who are suspicious of MBAM. I was wondering if they could chime in here and name some alternatives. (Yes, I can google this, and I have, but I put more trust in first hand experience of people who actually tried those tools.)