1.    17 Nov 2015 #1
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    Anti-malware question


    Does anybody know if there is a better anti-malware than Windows Defender ?
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  2.    18 Nov 2015 #2
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    Try a few and see, which one you like. Various AVs cause various problems, like Panda Cloud hates wifi.
    I would sugest to give a try to this one, it is pretty light and has a great detection: 360 Total Security Essential
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  3.    18 Nov 2015 #3

    Malwarebytes is pretty near the top in terms of quality.
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  4.    18 Nov 2015 #4
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    Good suggestion with Malwarebytes, just be aware that Malwarebytes is an on demand scanner unless you pony up for the Pro version. It does, however, play well with most AV's, even the Pro version, which features active background among other features.

    Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware & Internet Security Software

    There is a post on 7 forums where you can gather some info on the latest AV's as well as their pros/cons. People frequently add comments on the newer versions of AV's.

    What's the Best Anti-virus? - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5.    18 Nov 2015 #5
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    Remember, Defender is an anti-virus program (checks for signature code matches); Malwarebytes is an anti-malware program (checks for malicious activity).

    The two work very well in tandem, especially if you get the paid version of Malwarebytes for its real-time scanner..
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  6.    18 Nov 2015 #6

    It's good practice to have a multi-layered approach. You could have your main Anti-Virus program, a malware program and a spyware program. Apart from the AV program the others don't necessarily need to be resident in memory. You can run them say once a week.

    I personally run Avast in resident, run mbm and SAS regularly.
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  7.    19 Nov 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
    It's good practice to have a multi-layered approach. You could have your main Anti-Virus program, a malware program and a spyware program.
    Agree.
    You might wish to consider another layer instead of (or in addition to) the "antispyware" layer -- anti-exploit.
    Much malware these days is delivered via exploits.
    Anti-exploit applications protect against the "how" of malware by shielding vulnerable, internet-facing applications, such as browsers and other programs.
    (MBAM and other anti-malware applications and your AV protect against the "what" of malware.)
    Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is one example.
    There are Free and Premium versions.

    Apart from the AV program the others don't necessarily need to be resident in memory. You can run them say once a week.I personally run Avast in resident, run mbm and SAS regularly.
    Respectfully disagree re: MBAM.

    MBAM Premium is specifically designed to run in real-time alongside your AV to provide layered, complementary protection against zero-hour and zero-day threats often missed by AVs.
    It's always better to PREVENT infection, if possible.
    MBAM Free -- like SAS Free -- is just a manual, on-demand scanner to help REMOVE infections that have already made it past your AV onto the system.
    Side-by-side comparison of MBAM Free and Premium is HERE.
    The cost works out to pennies a day per computer (or less).
    IMHO it's cheaper than the time/effort/cost of trying to recover from a malware infection, data breach or other catastrophe.
    If your system specs are sufficient to run Win10, they ought to be just fine for MBAM Premium + the AV of your choice, along with other applications and counter-measures.

    >Having said that, no one security program or combination can protect 100% of users 100% of the time against 100% of malware. The most important security component is the one between the chair and keyboard.

    Cheers,

    MM
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