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  1. My wife and I have Windows computers.  My daughters have Macs.......they have been going without any virus protection. . .. I though macs were pretty much impervious to virus problems....having a much more secure operating system than Windows.  Anyway.....I put malwarebytes premium on my duaghter's  Mac Probook because she was concerned and it quarantined four different malwares........Not sure what they were... at least one of them had a bunch of nonsensical numbers and letters...so we deleted from the system and now she is using Malwarebytes Premium.  So the age old question....is Malwarebytes for Mac enough.

    Parenthetically, on my Windows computers, I run Kaspersky and Malwarebytes premiums....too much bad experience with viruses and malware in the past...requiring several reinstalls over the years and my business being down for days at a time.   Never again.  Thanks.


  2. I have windows 7 pro on my computer and don't even notice malwarebytes is working in the background unless it notifies me it blocked an exploit or a website....it scans at 3 A.M so that doesn't bother me either.  I don't understand why so many people have so many differences with the impact of this program.  I do know that if a program constantly gave me annoying messages....and there was no way to prevent, I would uninstall the program...problem solved.  Ever since the January debacle, I have turned off automatic component updates...just to be sure there is no repeat...but other than that one horrid time, malwarebytes seems to be working flawlessly on my computer.


  3. Its really a risk based analysis...if something gets by malwarebytes and you lose what is on your hard drive, how much pain will it cause you?  Important docs and photos?  Do you have everyhing backed up?  I don't think there is any protection that is absolutely fool proof, but having Malwarebytes AND a major anti-virus program probably makes things about as foolproof as you can get them.  Me, I use a paid major antivirus (Kaspersky internet security) and malwarebytes.  Over the years, I have had too much down time after having gotten viruses.  On my office computers, I used to rely on Symantec Endpoint...until a secretary somehow clicked on a link (apparently) and opened a door to her computer which led to the server......cost me much time and money and in the end, we still lost some important documents.  Never again...and honestly, since installing Kaspersky and malwarebytes Premium, a few years now....nothing has successfully attacked our computers.  And I will never run a program that does not scan email.....we run Kaspersky email on each computer at the hightest level.....and it is always blocking malicious links.  Recently a sec opened what she thought was a dropbox doc from a local business entity.  Kaspersky blocked cold whatever malware was trying to get on the system, which I surmize was some sort of Ransomware?  Would malwarebytes also have blocked?  probably...but why take the chance.


  4. Well Ram, I get where you are coming from...two things though...

    I have not had any problems with Malwarebytes since the January episode where it trashed my computer hard drive, requiring replacement.  I was not happy about that and Malwarebytes and I did resolve the issue through a somewhat amicable resolution not requiring Malwarebytes to come up with any cash....... no big deal....point is you and others may have had problems but not all of us.  All of my modules have been and are working since January.  I have never had to disable anything on Malwarebytes.

    Still, I would be much more concerned if Malwarebytes was my only protection but its not... I rely primarily on Kaspersky, especially for my office computer, where no matter how much I try to caution my secretaries, they still click on dangerous links.  But Kaspersky mail scanner has caught most of those and those that got by the mail scanner were tagged by other Kaspersky modules.

    And then there is Malwarebytes.  Its there just in case...also it has blocked a few exploits and has blocked quite a few rogue websites not flagged by Kaspersky.

     

    I still would not rely on Malwarebytes for primary protection, not compared to programs like Kaspersky, but I feel more secure having malwarebytes running in the background and plan to use it indefinitely...so long as another January never occurs.

     

     


  5. If you were replying to me Ken W

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     Anyone that posts something like this on a programs forum is someone just trying to cause trouble. 

    ... I posted the CR stuff because I thought it interesting it was so off the mark, but that begs the point... it is actually the self appointed forum police, such as yourself, causing trouble through flippant comments.  This is a pretty good forum... I sure hope the moderators do not allow it to be overtaken by self-appointed message board guardians.


  6. One other thing... advice from CR: free is fine for most people as long as you (my paraphrasing) don't do anything wrong.......LOL..... don't know who authored CR's article but plainly they had a neophyte doing the job.

    Shopping Tips and Safety Measures

    Free is fine for most people. As long as you surf safely—that is, you never download software from unfamiliar sites (these downloads might carry malicious software) or click on email links to access bank or other personal accounts (these links are favorite tools for cyberthieves)—the free antivirus programs we recommend should adequately protect you.

    Make sure Windows firewall is on to help block malware and keep malicious websites from grabbing data off your computer.


  7. I went to the ratings, (I have a subscription) and now CR is rating malwarebytes poorly and claims it costs $60.00:

     

    OVERALL SCORE36
     
    3480
     
    ADD TO COMPARE

    Malwarebytes Premium antivirus software

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    395974-antivirus-for-windows-malwarebytes-premium-61809.jpg
    PRICE
    $60.00
    Shop 
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Malwarebytes Premium antivirus software

    $60.00
    ADD TO COMPARE
     

    Scorecard

    Protection 
    Fair
    On access 
    Fair
    On demand 
    Fair
    Ease of use 
    Good
    Messages/Interface 
    Very Good
    Help 
    Poor
    Anti-malware 
    Good
    Use of resources 
    Very Good

    Highs

    Nothing noteworthy

    Lows

    • Does not have informative help
    • Does not have a firewall
    • Does not have a spam filter
    • Does not have a parental filter
    • Does not have a password manager
    • Does not have back-up
    • Does not have e-mail protection

    CRs Take

    Malwarebytes Premium 2018 is a premium antivirus package that brings together its anti-malware, anti-exploit and anti-ransomware services into one new package. This package supports 3 devices and can run on Windows, MacOS, and Android operating systems. Unfortunately it conflicts with Windows 10 Defender. After a week or so it stopped using its own antivirus scanner and reverted to the Windows 10 Defender software without notifying the user. Our test results reflect the Malwarebytes antivirus engine which actually scored lower than the Windows Defender engine. Overall this is a package you should not purchase.

    About

    A fee-based antivirus suite for Windows X. A renewal fee is required each year.

    Specs

    Manufacturer's website 
    Concise help 
    No
    Included firewall 
    No
    Spam filter 
    No
    Parental filter 
    No
    Banking Protection 
    No
    Tune-up function 
    No
    Password manager 
    No
    Anti-spyware 
    Yes
    Anti-ransomware 
    Yes
    Backup 
    No
    E-mail protection 
    No

  8. I generally like Consumer Reports, but this was a particularly poorly written article...For example, it made no effort to distinguish between the various programs it tested...example....kaspersky antivirus vs. internet security, etc., made it seem like paying only gave you a few minor perks (never again will I go with a free antivirus...I am willing to pay for things like Kaspersky's System Watcher....)  and it was amusing it rated malwarebytes firewall as "fair"?  If Malwarebytes has a firewall, I must be the last to know:

    Scorecard

    Threat blocking 
    Very Good
    Malware scan 
    Fair
    Firewall 
    Fair
    USB drive threats 
    Fair
    Anti-phishing 
    Fair
    Response to threats 
    Poor
    Ease of use 
    Fair
    Use of resources 
    Very Good

    Highs

    •Used with Windows Defender, very good at blocking most Web threats
    •Better than Defender at detecting malware execution

    Lows

    •Not as easy to use as most
    •Weak at detecting malware in a scan
    •Requires restarting to complete disinfection
    •Not good at blocking phishing Websites
    •Lacks parental filter and spam filter

    CRs Take

    Malwarebytes' Premium version isn't meant as a standalone Internet protection product. We tested it with the default Windows Defender enabled, and it did not fare as well as Windows' own protections overall.

    About

    A fee-based anti-malware suite for Windows. A renewal fee is required each year.

    Features

    Informative help 
    No
    Clear warnings 
    No

    Specs

    Manufacturer's website 
    www.malwarebytes.com
    Startup repair 
    No
    Spam filter 
    No
    Parental filter 
    No

     

     

     


  9. I still have issues with Kaspersky blocking Malwarebytes memory processes.  I have all of the exclusions and all modules on Malwarebytes indicate they are working, yesterday in fact it blocked access to a website due to "malware" that kaspersky gave me the Green light on....still, don't know exactly what Malwarebytes cannot do due to the blocking.  At any rate, I am sticking with Kaspersky as my primary defense....I consider Malwarebytes secondary protection.


  10. Thanks, I downloaded the application and internet seems to be much faster now.  I do want to mention that when I tried to download the update, it indicated there were no updates, so I used the Clean tool and removed malwarebyes and reinstalled...it still reinstalled the component version before the very latest.  I tried downloading again from settings and again I was told no updates...so I paused Kaspersky protection which also turned off the kaspersky firewall... and it downloaded and updated fine.  I have all of the exclusions in Kaspersky and malwarebytes is a trusted program in Kaspersky application control, so I am not sure why the firewall, apparently, was preventing the download of the update.  But those using Kaspersky...you may want to note.


  11. On 6/3/2018 at 9:05 AM, lock said:

    There are no bugs to be "worked out" . Kaspersky routinely issues new updates to their product so is very likely that MBA will be incompatible again at a certain point.

    Not to update Kaspersky to the latest 2019 only to accommodate MBAM is a bad idea.

    Can you explain this further..... why is not updating to kaspersky 2019 a bad idea... is 2019 any more secure than 2018?  I get there may be a few differences based on what I have read...but nothing substantive when it comes to preventing malware infections.


  12. Well if everything is working with KIS 2018 and Malwarebytes, what is the rush to convert to KIS 2019 and possibly lose some of the protections you otherwise have?  Makes no sense to me.

    I'll probably wait for a few months myself while any bugs are being worked out.  I can't believe I have any less protection by staying with 2018 for a while instead of migrating to 2019 so soon.

    Nothing seems to get by the combination of KIS 2018 and Malwarebytes.....the only mishap I had...was malwarebytes itself when it trashed my hard drive, I believe back in January?


  13. I went to your Link Exile, and it is still only version 18 available to download right now.  It suggested I continue on with my version of Kaspersky which is Total Security 18.  Besides, I probably would want to give 19 some time for them to work out the bugs before installing.  18 has never allowed an infection through to my computer, nor did 17, or 16 for that matter.


  14. I would never turn off Kaspersky application control, which I believe is integrated with "system watcher"...that is what will stop ransomware, etc. from running on your computer if it happens to get on your system somehow.....I believe it is an invaluable tool for Kaspersky....and as I understand it will prevent programs from automatically running unknowingly in the background unless in the trusted zone by Kaspersky.  

    I rely on Kaspersky as my first line of defense.... I consider Malwarebytes a secondary, cleanup operation in case something somehow gets past Kaspersky.  So far Malwarebytes has prevented me from accessing certain websites that Kaspersky ignored, and on at least two occasions notified me it had blocked exploits..   I assume if Malwarebytes had not done so however, Kaspersky would have.


  15. I have the same issue and the same blocking by Kaspersky 2018 despite having enabled all of the malwarebytes exclusions.  Not only Malwarebytes, but System Mechanic too.

    In both cases, Kasperksy is blocking activity going on in memory...I am guessing given fileless malware, that Kaspersky is taking a proactive approach and anything suspicious in memory will be blocked regardless of exclusions.

    Best I can tell though, Malwarebytes is still working normally.

     


  16. I have Kaspersky Total Security as well as Malwarebytes Premium running in the background, with all of the recommended exclusions for Malwarebytes in Kaspersky.  Is there a problem with both exploit protections running at the same time? I have noticed that Kaspersky occasionally blocks some sort of Malicious Download, and a few times, Malwarebytes has notified me it has blocked an exploit.  So can running them both together reduce the protection of each, and which program will have the priority of stopping or blocking an exploit?  Either Or?

     

    Thanks.

     

     


  17. I am curious how Malwarebytes flags a website as potentially malicious.  I clicked on a google search link that Kaspersky gave a clear indicator, and malwarebytes blocked access because of a potential malicious threat.  Is this something that Malwarebytes preselects and adds to a database, or is malwarebytes somehow automatically able to detect malicious activity on a website before your browser even opens it?  TIA for any info.  Because these threats are constantly evolving right and any website is potentially vulnerable?


  18. """""I'm good friends with the main Researcher that maintains the database and I know how dedicated he is to his work, how little he sleeps and how passionate he is about thwarting the efforts of those who would use the web for ill and he is very good at what he does.  Not only that, but just recently (a couple years ago or so) he finally got some help when Malwarebytes hired on some additional staff to maintain the web protection database.  """"

     

    I always assumed there is one company out there whose sole funciton is to keep track of malicious websites and who then sells that information to all other Anti-malware security companies.  That would make a lot more sense to me than every individual AV company trying to keep track itself...and I also thought to a good degree malware detection on malicious websites was pretty much automated at this point?  You mean there are people employed by malwarebytes who are constantly scanning the web looking to add malicious websites to a black listed data base?  Wow.

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