Question about Defender and Malwarebytes...

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by cadre1206, Sep 22, 2009.

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  1. cadre1206

    cadre1206 Registered Member

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    Hi. My security software is as follows:

    avast! Antivirus 4.8 Home Edition

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40

    Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.2

    SUPERAntispyware Free Edition 3.9.1008

    Ad-Aware Free Anniversary Edition

    Windows Defender

    I regularly run scans with each of them. What I find strange is that Windows Defender and Malwarebytes never find anything. I mean NEVER. Often when I run one of the other programs they'll locate cookies and other potentially unwanted programs but Defender and Malwarebytes never turn up anything, even when I run them first.

    Are these programs ineffective or are they merely less sensitive than the others?

    Thanks.

    cadre
     
  2. jmonge

    jmonge Registered Member

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    malwarebytes is very good program,from my own experience is top notch antimalware,one of the best in the market:thumb: check in their forum they are very active malware hunters;)
     
  3. Franklin

    Franklin Registered Member

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    Just to add that quite a few rogue apps such as System Security and Internet Antivirus Pro have many morphed installers with new morphs being constantly released.

    When working on other machines MBAM is the first app I run and has helped me on many occassions in getting rid of rogues which seem to be the most common infection I encounter.

    And usually follow up with Avira, Dr Web Cureit and SAS.
     
  4. HAN

    HAN Registered Member

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    Windows Defender's real-time scanner is excellent (manual scanner is, IMO, marginal.) And MBAM is also an excellent program. So are SAS and Avast.

    However, IMO, Spybot and Ad-Aware are nearly worthless. If you have a serious infection, they are no longer capable of cleaning things up...
     
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  5. andyman35

    andyman35 Registered Member

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    The real benefit of MBAM is when a system has been infected,the fact that the scans you run pick up nothing says more about your personal policy of computer usage than any shortcomings in the program.

    As for Spybot I agree it's not really powerful enough as a frontline utility nowadays but I find it often removes a few leftovers when the other tools have cleaned out the main malware,so it does still have some benefit IMO.
     
  6. nosirrah

    nosirrah Malware Fighter

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    Malwarebytes does not now nor will it ever detect cookies , our users made it VERY clear that they have no desire to see this addition . The same goes for usage tracks , traces like these are handled quite well by multiple tools already .
     
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