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I was on Xbox Live Last night, and one of my clan buddies started talking about viruses and malware. So, another member insisted than Malwarebytes was the be-all and end-all of free computer security. And that got me thinking what does Malwarebytes actually do? is it just for malware or does it also handle spyware and viruses too? Also how does it compare to other free computer virus programs e.g.(Microsoft Security Essentials and AVG).

asked Jun 30 '11 at 00:54

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Malwarebytes is a scan and destroy virus and malware tool, although it does not give real time protection for free. It also updates very frequently and has a lot of virus info in its databases.

answered Jun 30 '11 at 00:56

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edited Jun 30 '11 at 02:52

I used Malwarebyte for years but someone recently recommended me to superantispyware which can be used as a portable. Seems like it does a little more than Malwarebyte not to bash on them.

(Jun 30 '11 at 01:20) sillymansam sillymansam's gravatar image

I never liked superantispyware truthfully, I compared the scans after both, superantispyware detected 3 things as apposed to malwarebytes which detected the three and four more.

(Jun 30 '11 at 02:47) Magemaniac33 Magemaniac33's gravatar image

Malware bytes scans and removes and harmful malware, but not just that also RATs. RATs stands for Remote Administrative Tool which can be EXTREMELY bad for you and your computer, what this can do is if your infected they can look at your webcams, listen through microphone, watch your computer screen, steal files, info, passwords, send viruses, etc. The main part is IDENTITY THEFT. Anything else would include damaging self replicated virus like activity, things that hide in processes, Malwarebytes is highly recommended.

answered Jun 30 '11 at 02:48

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Malwarebytes is a well-known virus scanner, with a simple interface, yet an extensive virus library, updated frequently, and it has been well known to remove malware in almost any case.

answered Jun 30 '11 at 01:18

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it's basically a software that remove viruses, spywares and cookies from your computer. Check out what is a computer virus for more info on that.

answered Jul 23 '11 at 02:20

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I use malwarebytes along with microsoft security essentials and I have yet to have any problems. I recommend that combo to anyone and everyone. Well, pc users anyway. Mac users are on their own. :-)

answered Jul 23 '11 at 02:24

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Kevin Turner Jr

I've found that you can eliminate most spyware/malware problems between Malwarebytes (http://www.malwarebytes.org/), Ad-Aware Free (http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php) and Spybot Search & Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/index2.html). I've yet to find one solution that takes care of everything.

answered Jul 23 '11 at 02:31

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I never understood why malwarebytes and S&D pick up ad-aware as being a threat. Ad-aware will pick up S&D as a threat. Have to make sure the other programs are closed before scanning.

(Jul 23 '11 at 02:40) Kevin Turner Jr Kevin%20Turner%20Jr's gravatar image
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