Anti-Malware Software To Have Confidence In

 Here of late I have been helping the innocent with cleaning malware from their PC’s. When I say innocent, I am talking the everyday computer user, the Moms and Pops, the people who do not venture far on the internet, the people who try to follow the rules, the people who have their PC’s protected… What has been puzzling is that I have not been able to specifically pinpoint a specific cause for the infections. The only thing I can figure is that the malware payload is being introduced to the computer as the result of the user clicking on a malicious web link that initiates the infection process. Is it me or is malware becoming harder to detect?

When it comes to the removal (or cleaning) process of malware, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is the application I have confidence in. I have always depended on the FREE version; however, I am now considering, for my own PC, buying the FULL version (a one time fee) of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Why?  The FULL version offers real-time active protection (that can detect a malware payload before it causes damage), scheduled scanning and scheduled updates. In essence, with the FREE version basically I have been using it as a standby malware cleaner in the event my PC becomes infected; whereas, the FULL version will help prevent the infection from occurring in the first place.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Don’t get me wrong, either way you go, FREE version or FULL version, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a must have app on your PC.  It is just a matter of decision of whether you want full time protection or part-time protection.

Key Features


  • Support for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).
  • Light speed quick scanning.
  • Ability to perform full scans for all drives.
  • Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware protection module. (requires registration)
  • Database updates released daily.
  • Quarantine to hold threats and restore them at your convenience.
  • Ignore list for both the scanner and Protection Module.
  • Settings to enhance your Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware performance.
  • A small list of extra utilities to help remove malware manually.
  • Multi-lingual support.
  • Works together with other anti-malware utilities.
  • Command line support for quick scanning.
  • Context menu integration to scan files on demand.

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  1. Hello Rick!

    A nice post indeed.I am also running Malwarebytes Antimalware Pro and SUPERantispyware Pro on my 32-bit XP system.Both are excellent but MBAM Pro consumes too much memory in real time and doesn’t find tracing cookies unlike SAS Pro.
    I would highly recommend both these fabulous application,anytime.

    Regards.

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    1. NiceTake,

      I too run SUPERAntiSpyware Pro on my PC in conjuction with Microsoft Security Essentials, ThreatFire and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. All great apps. Glad to see others thinking the same as I do.

      Rick

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  2. Rick,

    You’re right, malware is harder to detect than ever. You’re also right that infected legitimate sites are a major concern.
    They are blossoming like a cherry tree in Springtime. They are everywhere it seems.

    Bil

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    1. Bill,

      What concerns me is that these folks I was working with really try to keep things up to date (i.e. windows updates, malware scanners, etc…) and yet this crap seems to make it through. Maybe it is time we all start running our PC’s in a virtual mode using software like Shadow Defender or Wondershare Time Freeze.

      Rick

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  3. I’ve been using CounterSpy for real-time protection, so far, so good. (I have malwarebytes as a backup.)
    Seems the latest trick is to hack links found in a google or yahoo search. (and no, not those kind of links, LOL!) We got hit hard by one last year — had to have the drive wiped. Decided then that buying CounterSpy was cheaper than another tech bill.

    Oddly enough, same thing happened at work recently. Hit a link for a newspaper site (certified as ok by McAfee site advisor, no less) and bam! Rogue spyware that locked up the computer. Scary thing … couldn’t close it through the taskbar, couldn’t get task manager up. The IT guy on call had a heck of a time with it…

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    1. VT,

      I have to agree with you on the hacked links and as Bill Mullins stated, infected legitimate sites are a major concern. What are we to do?

      I have experienced rogue spyware in the past, like your IT guy in the past, where I am thinking the machine is clean and voila’ it is not.

      Thanks for your great comment.

      Rick

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  4. Couldn’t agree more. Malwarebytes has some quality software. Between that and as others have stated, SuperAntiSpyware, I’ve cleaned up countless systems. I top it off with a Kaspersky Boot CD and it has helped me out every time.

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  5. Rick,

    Hitman is another malware scanner, but it is completely cloud based. The free version allows free scan & shows results for infections. It also allows a 1 time one-month free trial to remove infections. it included Behavioural Scan.

    Pls check more over here:
    http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro

    Thanks, Grr

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