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I just bought and installed Malwarebytes Premium.

I have been reading different reviews of the product and some mentioned that people also need an antivirus (like Norton, Bitdefender, etc.) to be completely protected (I have no notions about computers and software). I have read on this forum that the parental Control and the other gadgets they offer are "bloat". But should I buy an antivirus to complete Malwarebytes Premium to be 100% protected?

I use my computer for personal uses only  (internet browsing, email, shopping, banking, etc.) and the kids go on Youtube and watch movies in streaming.

Thank you in advance for your time and answers!

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Malwarebytes is classified as an antivirus replacement, meaning it isn't necessary to use an antivirus with it to be fully protected, however it is also designed in such a way that it should not conflict with your antivirus if you wish to keep one installed as an additional layer of defense.  Also, rather than paying for an antivirus on top of Malwarebytes, I would suggest using one of the many free AVs that are available which provide basic virus protection without all the bloat you mentioned (i.e. all those additional features most people don't really need or use).  Currently Windows 10 includes Windows Defender which actually is a full, free antivirus, and it should work just fine with Malwarebytes Premium, and if you are running an older version of Windows such as Windows 7, then you may install Microsoft Security Essentials which is also free and uses the same antivirus engine as Windows Defender in Windows 10.  Other free options are the free versions of Avast, Avira, AVG, Bitdefender, Kaspersky free, and Sophos Home; all of which are free for home users.

You can find out more about Malwarebytes being an AV replacement in this post from the FAQ.

I hope that helps to clear things up and if there is anything else we might assist you with please don't hesitate to ask.


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