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I've encountered two people (one an experienced IT person, another a residential client who was told it by a third party) who have said something like "Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware only combats malware, not viruses.

What is the official word? Aside from rootkits (which we all know can be difficult to detect while Windows is running), is there any type of malicious code that the writers of Mbam acknowledge that Mbam does not identify?

Or, to pose the question differently, what is the full list of dodgy software types that Mbam protects against? By "full list," I mean the categories, e.g., viruses, worms, spyware, adware, trojans, every type in the Wikipedia entry on malware


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Hello BobStone88 and ;)

To Quote one of our EXPERTS here at the forum

"Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is considered to be the next step in the detection and removal of malware. In our product we have compiled a number of new technologies that are designed to quickly detect, destroy, and prevent malware. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start. The realtime protection module uses our advanced heuristic scanning technology which monitors your system to keep it safe and secure. In addition, we have implemented a threats center which will allow you to keep up to date with the latest malware threats.

MBAM Pro is intended to complement a good anti-virus program, not to replace it. MBAM is good at catching things that many of the AV programs miss, but it does not look for all the things that the AV programs do

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware differs from normal antivirus software in several ways, but primarily it has to do with the actual threats that MBAM targets. We only focus on the threats that normal antivirus softwares either fail to detect, fail to remove, or both, which is not the vast majority of infections on the web, but certainly many of the nastiest (such as rogues, rootkits, bots and even some of the more adaptive viruses).

For this reason we always recommend that our users also have an up to date antivirus installed so that they have complete protection, not only from the nastier things that we target, but from as many infections as possible.

Antivirus software also typically includes certain features that MBAM does not (and likely will not ever in order to avoid conflicts with antivirus software) such as detection of malicious scripts that attempt to execute malicious code through internet browsers, email based script viruses and email attachments, malicious scripting through instant messenger applications and many others.

MBAM also does not disinfect system files when they are modified by a virus, that's something that antivirus software has been doing pretty much since the beginning so for now at least, we leave that to them."

End Quote

If you have any more questions fell free to post :o


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