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  1. ThrashZone's Avatar
    Posts : 7,108
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       #11

    Hi,
    Installing mbam premium/ Pro
    Windows defender recognizes mbam premium/ pro as a antivirus and rightly turns it's self off

    Only WD feature that may stay on is periodic scanning

    I don't know about that article JC posted but it sounds like old info about malwarebytes anti malware engine not about mbam premium/ pro.
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  2. Posts : 172
    windows 10 Home / Latest version
       #12

    I only run WD and not Malwarebytes but another thing I didn't know you could run both at the same time is concerning a firewall which I have been running Comodo + Win 10 both on and active at the same time for over a year now on 4 PC's at my house with no problems so far.
    The old adage before was to always run 1 antivirus or 1 firewall being full time active or you might have problems.
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  3. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.746
       #13

    Malwarebytes Premium has changed and is now considered not only anti-malware but anti-virus, which is why it registers with Windows Defender when installed. You have the option to override this and have them run side-by-side as Hikertrash showed in post #5, which is how I run them. They coexist nicely.
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  4. Posts : 264
    Windows 10
       #14

    Jacee said:
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. ... This includes malicious programs and files, such as virus droppers, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and rogue applications that many antivirus programs do not detect or cannot fully remove.Nov 21, 2019

    lts.lehigh.edu › services › faq › malwarebytes-faq

    Malwarebytes (FAQ) | Library & Technology Services

    I donΏt know what they are talking about (probably written ages ago), but MBAM IS a AV software.
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  5. Porthos's Avatar
    Posts : 881
    Win 10
       #15

    Jacee said:
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. ... This includes malicious programs and files, such as virus droppers, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and rogue applications that many antivirus programs do not detect or cannot fully remove.Nov 21, 2019

    lts.lehigh.edu › services › faq › malwarebytes-faq

    Malwarebytes (FAQ) | Library & Technology Services

    Malwarebytes is now an antivirus "replacement", It can be used instead of or alongside an AV program in most cases. https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topi...omment=1346719

    But...
    Like others, I run Defender alongside it. Because...
    Malwarebytes does not target script files during a scan.. That means MB will not target; JS, HTML, VBS, .CLASS, SWF, BAT, CMD, PDF, PHP, etc.
    It also does not target documents such as; PDF, DOC, DOCx, XLS, XLSx, PPT, PPS, ODF, etc.
    It also does not target media files; MP3, WMV, JPG, GIF, etc.
    Malwarebytes will detect files like these on execution-only. The web protection and anti-exploit detection will catch/block those upon execution.

    I would rather not wait to execute a file that MB does not detect in a scan. Defender has the potential to catch it before I open or on download.
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  6. jumanji's Avatar
    Posts : 5,647
    Windows 10 Home 64bit Version 20H2
       #16

    My Malwarebytes Premium and Windows Security

    As shown in the following screenshots Marwarebytes Premium Is registered in Windows security and it says all ok. Don't know what difference it will make if I turn off Malwarebytes registration in Windows Security.

    Malwarebytes as main Antivirus-14-02-2020-23-41-00.jpgMalwarebytes as main Antivirus-14-02-2020-23-38-46.jpgMalwarebytes as main Antivirus-14-02-2020-23-43-07.jpg
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  7. boombastik's Avatar
    Posts : 402
    Windows 10 X64 latest
       #17

    @jumanji
    This is a bug that after a restart malware bytes dont always register in windows security and as a result it does not disable Defender.
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  8. Digmor Crusher's Avatar
    Posts : 98
    Windows 10
       #18

    Jumanji, that setting should be turned off if you are running both MB and WD. The way W10 works is that if another anti-virus is installed is that it will turn off Defender, the other anti-virus in this case is Malwarebytes. It detects MB as an anti-virus.

    Could be a bug. If I were you I would turn that setting off and restart your computer to see if anything changes.
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  9. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 53,223
    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #19

    With both running, MBAM should be set to not register with Security. That allows Defender to still do periodic background scans.

    In addition, not mandatory, but recommended to add each product to the other's exclusion list. Not hard to do. That reduces/eliminates any cross-checking. I have both running, MBAM not registered, and all the exclusions in place.

    From MBAM forum: https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topi...efender-users/
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  10. Digmor Crusher's Avatar
    Posts : 98
    Windows 10
       #20

    I think that allows Defender to do more than just run periodic scans , I believe it allows Defender to be your fully active anti-virus with all protections active.
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