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Malwarebytes ("whole") vs. Malwarebytes AdwCleaner


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#1 britechguy

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 03:19 PM

Just curious, is there any reason to use the latter if one already uses the former?

 

My gut tells me that AdwCleaner is a very focused form of Malwarebytes, essentially a "lite" version that focuses on PUPs and Adware.  I could, however, be wrong.

 

I have always used, and recommended, Malwarebytes ("whole") because it seems to find all classes of bad stuff besides viruses.  


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 03:30 PM

Although Malwarebytes owns both products, they each target PUPs, Adware, unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers, etc but each has it's own technology for detection/removal. AdwCleaner is a stand-alone product which does not require installation. Malwarebytes requires installation and offers real-time protection in the Premium version. At some point, I suspect AdwCleaner will be fully integrated into Malwarebytes itself according to the information they released when acquiring it.

Malwarebytes Press Center: Malwarebytes Acquires AdwCleaner

...For the near term, AdwCleaner will retain its current name, supplemented by Malwarebytes branding. Malwarebytes is committed to maintaining the mission of the AdwCleaner product and its features...Malwarebytes will also integrate many of the proprietary techniques and detections into their flagship products.


Malwarebytes Acquires AdwCleaner

...Short term, we will work to give the product a facelift and enhance its detection ability. Over a longer period, we hope to learn from and integrate the technology into our flagship product, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. AdwCleaner will remain free as a standalone product.


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 03:56 PM

Thanks quietman7.

 

I would hope that by one year later that integration would have occurred.  Whether they announce that such is completed is another matter entirely.  I've generally used the free version of MBAM.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 07:05 AM

You're welcome. BTW, Malwarebytes discontinued development of the Junkware Removal Tool since AdwCleaner incorporated all it's functionalities.
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