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  1.    27 Jan 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 x64

    Free alternative to malwarebytes Pro


    MalwareBytes Pro is really not cheap.

    Do you have recommendations for a free ant-malware application with realtime protection ? Or is it just OK now to stick to Windows Defender only ?
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  2.    27 Jan 2017 #2

    Quote Originally Posted by kensiko View Post
    MalwareBytes Pro is really not cheap.

    Do you have recommendations for a free ant-malware application with realtime protection ? Or is it just OK now to stick to Windows Defender only ?
    Hi there

    It's called HUMAN BRAIN.

    If you just stick to WD and use Internet sensibly you'll have ZERO problems. Most people who have problems these days usually open dubious email links, give away personal info on Social Media sites or generally don't READ before downloading - loads of sites have "special offers", "test software" etc. when you are looking for a download -- finding the real download link amongst a forest of Green Arrows is made deliberately confusing.

    Always CHECK CAREFULLY before the mouse click and remember Banks etc won't ask for things like passwords etc online.

    I'd also use a "rubbish" or "dummy" account for online shopping - so if you buy something from Amazon etc you won't get pestered with offers for "things you can't possibly do without". Just delete the zillions of emails that go to that account without reading them - even if it gets hacked it won't reveal any info.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3.    27 Jan 2017 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 3,922
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    I got Malwarebytes Pro a few years ago, think it was only $24.95 for 3 devices, not exactly expensive. I also use the Free version on some Notebooks, quite inexpensive.
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  4.    27 Jan 2017 #4

    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    I got Malwarebytes Pro a few years ago, think it was only $24.95 for 3 devices, not exactly expensive. I also use the Free version on some Notebooks, quite inexpensive.
    Hi there

    but does it actually do anything you wouldn't do yourself.

    Might only be 25 USD or whatever - but is it really fit for purpose.

    NO software can protect you against 95% of current scams / fraud. Whether or not you feel paying extra for the possible 5% that WD *might* guard against is up to you - even here SAFE and sensible use of computers and the Internet will be the best possible protection IMO but everybody has their own take on this.

    It's fairly obvious though that the days of "Schoolboy / Teens" in bedrooms writing malevolent programs just for the fun of it are long GONE --that was LAST CENTURY.

    Name of the game now is MAKING MONEY by duping less educated users -- no software can guard against that - only YOU can do it.

    Note all my remarks here apply to HOME computers -- corporate networks etc face different (and more serious) challenges.

    UK Police Crime statistics report while things like Burglary etc have shown a decrease - Computer Fraud has shown a very large increase.

    I haven't got USA stats but it's probably similar (although with liberal gun laws in USA the situation isn't the same as in UK).

    Holland with fairly tight Gun Control has similar crime stats to UK regarding Computer crime too and I'd imagine most Western type countries to show similar patterns.

    As far as Iceland is concerned - there's almost ZERO crime in the conventional nature of "Crime" -- few Drunks etc at weekends in City Centres (Reykjavik, Akureryi, Hafnarfjordur etc) ) - Not by any manner of means all tourists !!! but some quite sophisticated white collar and computer crime !!!! although again very small compared by international standards -- even taking into account population size.

    So if you visit this Easter / Summer keep your "Computer Wisdom" with you. !!!!


    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5.    27 Jan 2017 #5
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Staffordshire
    Posts : 362
    Windows 10 Pro

    So went for a look.....
    £39.99 (around $50.00 at current exchange rates) for 1 PC for 1 year = too expensive for many now. From Version 3 you can only get the free version after using the trial for 30 days where it reverts to the limited function version if you don't pay them.
    If you are using Malware Bytes Anti-Exploit Free the New Malwarebytes 3 removes it as it's included with it, however on reversion to free you loose it and there no longer appears to be a download for the free stand alone version.
    Afraid is another case of a company seeing Dollar Signs.....
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  6.    27 Jan 2017 #6

    Quote Originally Posted by clam1952 View Post
    So went for a look.....
    £39.99 (around $50.00 at current exchange rates) for 1 PC for 1 year = too expensive for many now. From Version 3 you can only get the free version after using the trial for 30 days where it reverts to the limited function version if you don't pay them.
    If you are using Malware Bytes Anti-Exploit Free the New Malwarebytes 3 removes it as it's included with it, however on reversion to free you loose it and there no longer appears to be a download for the free stand alone version.
    Afraid is another case of a company seeing Dollar Signs.....
    @clam1952

    Use your own BRAIN -- far cheaper

    Remember the old adage - translated from Icelandic

    "The Price of Education is expensive .... but the price of Ignorance is Astronomical. !!!! "

    Have fun and I'd just stick with WD --works fine and I'm not admitting in public how many of those sites I've used starting with the ship flying The Jolly Roger" !!!!!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo.
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  7.    27 Jan 2017 #7
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 82
    Windows 10 x64
    Thread Starter

    It's not only for me, I can use my brain but the others here might not. 1 year license is now about 55 CAD$
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  8.    27 Jan 2017 #8
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 467
    Windows 10 Home

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    I'd just stick with WD --works fine
    How often does Windows Defender detect a threat on your computer?
    It very rarely does so on mine.
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  9.    27 Jan 2017 #9
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Staffordshire
    Posts : 362
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    How often does Windows Defender detect a threat on your computer?
    It very rarely does so on mine.
    Which is how it should be if one is using common sense, it's never detected anything here on 3 PC's.
    @jimbo45
    I actually agree with you and only use Windows Defender, I have used the free Malwarebytes a few times on other Peoples PC's along with a load of other stuff when sorting out the results other peoples bad browsing habits / stupidity / carelessness, so I can say it does work reasonably well at removing stuff, how it performs in realtime I have no idea.
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  10.    27 Jan 2017 #10
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 750
    Windows 10 Home

    WD is very basic and doesn't offer much protection and never scores high in the different AV tests. Before MBam 3 I always used Avira free icw MBam 2. But the best AV is you.
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