I also have SpywareBlaster, Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware, all free versions. Scan your system with a standalone tool that runs from a boot disk. I do use malwarebytes for periodic scans. Leo only recommends software he actually uses. Or you could try Avast Internet Security for 30 days and see how you like it. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not an anti-virus program nor should it be used as a replacement.
For those who do not mind a paid for product, I generally recommend or as they leave a small footprint. Windows 10 Anniversary update introduced which allows you to also use a third party anti-virus program as your primary protection. And for those people suggesting better firewalls. I havn't redone this test with newer ones but I still see it from time to time not many customers use Norton anymore. Do you think it would do any harm to have Defender running as well? The fact that Malwarebytes-free does not have real time protection means you can use it to complement another product that does have real time protection.
As Leo says, one size does not fit all, but I think once you try Vipre you will like it better than anything else you may have tried before. Read through just about everything. Do a search for adwcleaner on the net. I used it for many years after leaving. Tools that were once clearly free have, on more than one occasion, moved to promoting their paid product so heavily that the free version virtually disappears. Defender has also detected a couple things missed by mbam. I have been a very happy and satisfied user of Norton Security Suite for many years.
I am a new member and a novice technically, that is! I gather there is a commercial connection. Note that I have seen Defender root out a virus that even Norton missed. I used it because it was the corporate solution while I worked at Microsoft, and I figured if it was good enough for them …. Kind of makes me feel good that Leo recommends the same tools that I have been using for years. Who is sponsoring and paying for these lab tests? Is there anything else I need? Many software providers can be expensive and hard to setup so we have found the best free anti malware options which are simple to use to help you stay safe. If the company tried the charge against the number it would be denied. There are many viruses out there that run on Macs and they depend on people believing that lie.
Do I understand correctly that disabling real-time monitoring in Malwarebytes using the free version only would be to avoid possible conflict with Windows Defender? What can Avast, Avira, Norton, Kaspersky etc detect that Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware misses and fails to detect? You install it and forget it. This is good to know I managed to get a hold of 2 lifetime licensee so I plan to do a clean install of mwb after my trails expire. I have found that the times I am using Norton years ago, norton 360 and now norton antivirus provided by my isp that I cannot use restore points. Thank you, Leo; it certainly did say malware but I guess that is a catch-all term. Alternatives and additions On the other hand, I fully recognize that Windows Defender might not be the right solution for everyone.
There are two independent testing labs that do not solicit, nor accept payments from the software manufacturers. I do use antivir for realtime antivirus and kaspersky for scanning new installs, not realtime. I have been using it on every computer I have built which is a lot. There are also some very practical reasons I continue to prefer Windows Defender. Free Antivirus has been becoming more of a disappointment for the past several years and I no longer recommend it. Both the free and the paid for versions with good results. I understand about necessity of Anti-virus even though it's having 1% impact, but I just wonder how Malwarebytes Jake Malwarebytes says no need of Anti-virus? So you could try it and see how it works.
The option to add might have been better than turning off the protection, if I could only see it. I haven't left yet, my current subscription runs until September. Hopefully you are installing them on users home machines at no charge as that would not matter. For some time now I've been using Avast Internet Security, Premier version, and Malwarebytes Premium, on 3 devices each desktop, laptop and smartphone. I have been using Avira for many years now. Comodo performs as well, or better, than all the other security software, including some excellent payware. My only recourse is to completely uninstall the entire program, which is cumbersome.
Now I find I can use it on three computers. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. I will continue to run both. I have Win7, with free Avast and free Malwarebytes. Caveats with all I need to reiterate some important points.