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Which AV to use with Malwarebytes 3?

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For some years I Have run AVG premium with Malwarebytes premium quite happily. The last upgrade for AVG changed that and this is addressed: 

However, these solutions do not work on my set=up. So I intend to unsubscribe from AVG. Out there, which AV software works well with Malwarebytes 3?


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In the Windows Operating System, I have used Malwarebytes AntiMalware and Malwarebytes 3 alongside Windows Defender with no issues.

I personally haven't seen a study that states this is an effective combination, but recommend it to my clients based on these experiences.

I have numerous (dozens) of clients that use the same combination and none have reported a problem or malware infection.

This has been consistent for over 4 years - both for myself and my clients.

I know that several of my clients spend time on "less-than-nice" sites, but still have no issue with this combination for protection.

I had my daughter install Malwarebytes (with no other antivirus/antimalware programs) on her MacBook Pro over 4 years ago as well and she's had no issues as well.


PS: I DID have some clients using Malwarebytes in combination with Microsoft Security Essentials and experienced some significant performance degradation.
If a client using that combo complains about slow performance, I uninstall Microsoft Security Essential and activate Windows Defender on their system.


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Yes, both Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials are free options that should work well alongside Malwarebytes (the performance issues with Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials were finally resolved in one of Malwarebytes' more recent releases; a fact I can attest to having used them on my own system, seeing the issues occur and then seeing them be resolved in a more recent release).

Additionally, Avast! as well as Avira each have a free version and should get along well with Malwarebytes, though exclusions may need to be configured to eliminate any potential performance issues.

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Whatever AV you use be sure to add these exclusions just in case.

Add these files to your Anti-Virus exclusions list as mentioned in this FAQ HERE (my list below includes the exe files as well)

  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\assistant.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\malwarebytes_assistant.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\MbamPt.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\MBAMService.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\mbamtray.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\MBAMWsc.exe
  • C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\farflt.sys
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\mbae64.sys
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\mbam.sys
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\MBAMChameleon.sys
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\MBAMSwissArmy.sys
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\mwac.sys

Also please exclude the following folders too: (The complete folder)

  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware
  • C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\MBAMService


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