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    Default Anti-Malware Confusion

    Currently I'm using Windows Defender as real-time protection. I'm also using Microsoft Safety Scanner for scans and also IOBit Malware fighter as a scanner. I understand one should never have 2 real-time anti-virus programs running at the same time. Problem with my scenario is IOBit is in Task Manager but I don't see it in the Startup tab. Must stay in memory after I scan and then close it. Anyway, is this a good way to use protection or is it too much or too little.

    Also, I thought I knew the terminology for anti-malware but I guess I was wrong. I searched the web for "anti-spyware programs". I selected a link that had top 10 reviews. Problem is all the software was Anti-Virus software. From what I understood the term Anti-Malware referred to all malicious software - viruses, spyware and the like. I thought there was a difference between Spyware and Virusware? I already have Windows Defender so I don't need anti-virus software.

    Any info will be appreciated,
    James

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    Default Re: Anti-Malware Confusion

    I think the differences are becoming much more vague than they used to be. The various threats seem to be merging into a word I call Nasties.

    I do not know about the IOBit product, but you can run a small app called What's In Startup to see what exactly is in startup. (The download link is near the bottom of the page)

    The antimalware app most often mentioned, while actually two are Malwarebytes Antimalware and Spybot Search and Destroy. Both of these apps in the free editions are manual scan apps. The Pro edition of Malwarebytes includes real time scanning. Malwarebytes will not interfere with WD. They coexist nicely.

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    Default Re: Anti-Malware Confusion

    I think web searches are beginning to see all these terms as the same thing.
    I've used MBAM but haven't tried Search and Destroy.

    Thanks much for the info,
    James

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    Default Re: Anti-Malware Confusion

    Glad I could add to the confusion, LOL. Or help!

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    Default Re: Anti-Malware Confusion

    Doesn't take much to confuse me!

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    Default Re: Anti-Malware Confusion

    A state of mild confusion degrading to major confusion on occasion is normal in my world. I could say welcome to my world, but it sounds like you have already arrived.

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    Default Re: Anti-Malware Confusion

    Been there for years

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    Default Re: Anti-Malware Confusion

    Rule One:
    NO one program will find and remove every form of Malware (BAD Software).
    Each program is designed by its author to find and remove one or maybe two types of Malware.
    So anyone relying on just one program to keep them safe, is just fooling themselves.

    Rule Two:
    Almost every program DOES NOT come out of the box ready to run.
    They all require some form of manual Setup. The secret to their success is in the setup.
    The Setup for "Spybot Search & Destroy" is so lengthy and detailed that I wrote up a full page of instructions on the proper way to install it and I put that instruction page on my web site, for easy download.

    Rule Three:
    Most of the FREE Anti-Malware software does not run in real time or get automatic updates. (AVG does)
    They require that weekly updates and scans be run by the user. It's usually a simple process, but does require a little bit of your time and the dedication to do it EVERY week on a regular schedule.
    (Spybot S&D posts their updates on Wednesday, every week)

    Note:
    Some programs, like Spybot S&D, have additional apps that can be run by the user to do additional jobs.
    Like, being able to display and even remove BHO's that are attached to your browsers.
    It also displays the programs that are set to run automatically on boot.
    It also can Immunize your browser(s) against thousands of bad web pages.

    Be Careful though:
    Many programs today, will install other software that you might not want.
    Some will ask you for permission to install and some won't. So you need to READ every line in every window that opens up during the install process.
    For instance, , , I downloaded and installed the latest version of "Super anti-spyware" and it installed "Google Chrome", the browser from Google. I didn't want Chrome and had to use the Revo Uninstaller to get rid of it.
    Having to get rid of the garbage takes a lot of the fun out of installing new software.
    I find Chrome on my customer's PC's all the time and they have no idea what it is or where it came from.

    Just some of the types of things that fall under the title of "Malware":
    Viruses
    Trojans
    Worms
    Rootkits
    Adware
    Spyware
    Tracking Cookies
    BHO's
    Unwanted Toolbars

    It's a jungle out there!

    Cheers Mates!
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    Default Re: Anti-Malware Confusion

    Currently I have 3 anti-malware programs. Windows Defender (real-time protection), Super-Anti-spyware and Microsoft Safety Scanner. I run manual scans twice a week with all.
    But, thanks much for the information.
    James

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