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Anti-Malware Protection Confusion

  1. #1


    Posts : 136
    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    Anti-Malware Protection Confusion


    I understand that the term Anti-Malware refers to anti-virus, spyware, adware and the like.
    What and how many anti-malware programs should I use on my system.
    Should I let Windows Defender do my basic protection? I'm also assuming that Windows defender is an anti-virus program.
    Then what about the spyware???
    Should I have 2 or 3 programs installed just for scans??
    Should I have an anti-spyware program running real-time like my Anti-Virus.
    Should I go with free... I'm cheap.

    Any help will be appreciated,
    James

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  2. #2


    Posts : 55
    Windows 7 Home Prenium 64bit sp1


    For a anti virus only have 1 running the background, they often conclict and do more damage then good when having more then one installed running. For spyware something like malwarebytes and sas would be good, can have multiple of those since they don't run in real time unless you have malwarbytes pro but even then it does not conflict. As for windows defender, from the last time I checked on windows 8 it's basically mse built into the os so that should be fine (correct me if i'm wrong ) unless you want something with more features. I would go with a free solution, works just fine and usually does the job.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 154
    Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by M1GU31 View Post
    For a anti virus only have 1 running the background, they often conclict and do more damage then good when having more then one installed running. For spyware something like malwarebytes and sas would be good, can have multiple of those since they don't run in real time unless you have malwarbytes pro but even then it does not conflict. As for windows defender, from the last time I checked on windows 8 it's basically mse built into the os so that should be fine (correct me if i'm wrong ) unless you want something with more features. I would go with a free solution, works just fine and usually does the job.
    You're completely correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesJ View Post
    I understand that the term Anti-Malware refers to anti-virus, spyware, adware and the like.
    What and how many anti-malware programs should I use on my system.
    Should I let Windows Defender do my basic protection? I'm also assuming that Windows defender is an anti-virus program.
    Then what about the spyware???
    Should I have 2 or 3 programs installed just for scans??
    Should I have an anti-spyware program running real-time like my Anti-Virus.
    Should I go with free... I'm cheap.

    Any help will be appreciated,
    James
    I'll just emphasize the point. Use free software, just as good as paid and not bloated and doesn't use too many resources. Use Microsoft Security Essentials (you have Windows 7) or Windows Defender (Windows 8 [built-in]). Then use a monthly Megabytes scan. You don't need to worry too much if you are not downloading or installing random software that you never heard of.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 136
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Thanks for the information.
    I'm better now but I used to try much of the software out there but I've since settled on some now.
    Ok. I'll stay with Windows Defender and use MalwareBytes.

    Thanks much,
    James
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    hi, just to add that Spywareblaster is a good program[to use along with the others ] for blocking browsers from going to know bad sites ,it uses a black list i think is how it referred to, i have been using it for as long as i can remember ,many years now .
    its free,manual updates but can be purchased auto updates ,it has over 16000 sites in the list .works with most browsers ,it detects the browsers you use and auto adds the siters to browser security settings
    |MG| SpywareBlaster 5.0 Download
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  6. #6


    Good advice here! No matter what you use for anti-virus/anti-malware, remember that nothing will stop malware that you give permission for download and install. For instance, if you download anything from a website, be especially careful when installing, because in between the license screen and misc install screens, many programs include malware, like browser "helpers", "search engines" and other crapware. Your AV and anti-malware apps will not stop these from installing. Uninstalling them is not usually easy and if you look for a tool to help you uninstall the malware, the tool itself may be malware itself. Very confusing and frustrating, to be sure!
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