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I'm trying to figure out what paid anti-virus is best to use.

I'm kinda confused with MalwareBytes because everything looks so simple on the premium version compared to the other ones, yet literally everyone recommends using this anti-virus if you think you have an actual virus.

Does the Premium version also have Firewall included? Why do these anti-virus test websites never include MalwareBytes, yet everyone recommends it?


I'm new to this, if there's any website I could read how the premium version works in comparison to other paid antivirusscanners.. would be awesome

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22 minutes ago, Mavv said:

I'm trying to figure out what paid anti-virus is best to use.

I  and 100's of my clients use Windows Defeder in Windows 10 and MB Premium. To me the Win 10 firewall is enough since I have a router with a firewall. Even without a router I do not sweat it.

22 minutes ago, Mavv said:

Why do these anti-virus test websites never include MalwareBytes, yet everyone recommends it?

Because most of those "test" sites rate/test when a vendor pays to have it done. The way MB works those tests are not real world tests and can not really test the ability's of Malwarebytes.


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One additional thing I will mention regarding firewalls is that thanks to the excellent new firewall technology and APIs Microsoft has built into modern Windows versions (every version after Windows XP, i.e. Vista or newer), the built in Windows Firewall does provide adequate protection.  In fact, thanks to the openness and flexibility of the WFP (Windows Filtering Platform) APIs that the Windows Firewall is based on in these modern Windows versions, you can enhance your security by installing a front-end or alternative WFP based firewall solution that will give you most of the features touted in paid firewalls, including outbound blocking/notifications/control over which programs are allowed to communicate with the internet, security zones/rules to control how and where individual applications are allowed to communicate and much more.

Here is a short list of some options, most of which are totally free, which may be used as alternatives to the built in Windows Firewall to give greater control over your firewall and network connections, including Binisoft Windows Firewall Control which was recently acquired by Malwarebytes:

Another advantage of such solutions is that they tend to be much lighter on resources compared to dedicated third party paid firewall solutions since they rely on the built in WFP APIs/built in Windows Firewall to function.

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