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While technically not an antivirus, they do now market the product as an antivirus replacement.  The reason for this is because due to the nature of all modern threats, the multiple layers of protection and detection included in Malwarebytes 3 are suited to protect a system from all current types of threats, including the most common and prominent threats such as ransomware and exploits, both of which are specifically targeted by signature-less, behavior based protection components that do not rely on database updates to be effective, even against previously unseen variants of threats of these categories.  Additionally, Malwarebytes 3 includes several other layers, some of which use more traditional signatures as well as more advanced heuristics algorithms to detect and prevent threats and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs).

That said, should you choose to do so, you may still use an antivirus or virtually any other type of additional security software to protect your system alongside Malwarebytes, as it is still designed to run safely alongside other security solutions and to avoid conflicts.

If you do wish to still use a separate antivirus but you don't want to have to pay for a second product you may use the built in Windows Defender in Windows 8/8.1/10 or install Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows Vista/7.  There are also other free AVs out there if you desire one such as Avast!, Avira, AVG, Bitdefender, the recently released free version of Kaspersky, and COMODO to name a few.

Whether you choose to run an AV or not is entirely up to you, and the team behind Malwarebytes does believe that it is sufficient on its own to keep your systems safe, however they also believe that customers should have the choice to decide for themselves what layers of protection they desire so they do their best to keep Malwarebytes compatible with other solutions so that their users may add these additional layers of protection if they wish.

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