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Anti Virus/ Anti-Malware for Windows 8.1

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    Anti Virus/ Anti-Malware for Windows 8.1


    Recently I have had some BSOD problems with my computer. After posting to the forums my crash dumps, I was recommended to try uninstalling AVG as it could be the culprit. So far so good and I have not had any blue screens.

    Upon uninstalling AVG I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials. I have also heard really good things about Malwarebytes and have being using that as well just the free version though. My question being, is running MSE and Malwarebytes enough protection or should I be using some other type of protection? Should I upgrade to the pro version of Malwarebytes to get the realtime protection? I have heard mixed things about MSE so thats why I asked.

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    Georgia
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    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 / Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dual Boot


    I had the same problem myself, everything from blue screens to system freezing and / or taking big performance hits when I used other antivirus products. I have tried most if not all the better known antivirus solutions and every one of them messes with 8.1 in one way or another. The thing is once you uninstall them the system runs fine, kind of makes you wonder if Microsoft has done this on purpose to push their own security software.

    From what I understand Windows Defender is not the same as Microsoft Security Essentials, I have been told it is kind of a step up and works better, this remains to be seen as I have had no alerts from it as of yet.
    If you can afford it I would go with Malwarebytes Pro, if not for nothing else for the real time protection, I have it and it has saved my butt more than one.

    One more thing you want to consider is with all the Cryptographic Ransom viruses in the wild these days is Crypto Prevent, it is supposed to block all those Cryptology ransom viruses, you can get it here : CryptoPrevent | Computer Technician - PC Repair Software |Foolish IT LLC the free version you have to update manually, the paid version will update itself.

    You can also try Hitman Pro Alert beta which is basically the same thing as Crypto Prevent, you can get that here: HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - SurfRight . There is no need to run both, one or the other is fine.
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    Yeah I know. I don't think my problem was avg but I'm still waiting it out to see if I get anymore blue screens. But I am pretty cautious to links and websites that I go to and to things I download.

    So do you feel that Malwarebytes/Malwarebytes pro and MSE?
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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    I actually just dumped eset in favor of avg, and so far so good.
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    Georgia
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    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 / Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dual Boot


    Quote Originally Posted by xTheOlahx View Post
    Yeah I know. I don't think my problem was avg but I'm still waiting it out to see if I get anymore blue screens. But I am pretty cautious to links and websites that I go to and to things I download.

    So do you feel that Malwarebytes/Malwarebytes pro and MSE?
    I would do:
    Windows Defender (MSE)
    Malwarebytes Pro
    Cryptoprevent

    I would not try the HitmanPro.Alert right now, the past couple of versions have a bug and is throwing up false positives when used in conjunction with certain other antivirus software. I had to uninstall it from my Windows 7 machine because it was not playing well with Bitdefender and kept giving me malicious program alerts every time I opened a browser even though the machine is clean.
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    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3


    Windows defender and malwarebytes pro and safe surfing
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    Thanks for all your help. I think I will end up getting Malwarebytes Pro and stick with Windows Defender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
    Windows defender and malwarebytes pro and safe surfing
    Microsoft Security Essentials with Malwarebytes Pro - Test with more links - YouTube

    Agree, mbam pro and defender are a good combo!
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