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Old 12-27-2011, 03:10 PM   #1  
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For some reason M$ Security Essentials isn't picking up virus's as well as I would like to (mostly the rougue anti virus...virus), would having the full version of Malwarebytes where it offers on the fly protection make it so it can't be attacked.

and no this isn't my computer its for my parents who seem to not know what to click half the time and end up getting stupid viruses from time to time.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:30 PM   #2  
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personally to avoid viruses, i use avast free and malwarebytes free, with running Super Antispyware once a month.
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personally to avoid viruses, i use avast free and malwarebytes free, with running Super Antispyware once a month.
One of the problems is if they are getting what I think (Antivirus 2012 - either Vista,7 or Xp) it is an insidious trojan which will actually prevent you from running or installing malware-bytes or other anti-virus software. I cleaned out a pc that had this over the weekend. Used rkill.exe which you can d/l and run for free to stop the active processes from running. Then you can run malwarebytes and it will find and remove it for you. As far as the OP question - does the paid realtime version stop it - IDK. I can say however that I use Spysweeper w/antivirus from Webroot. I paid $40 for my copy and it came with a license for 3 computers and also with window washer which will sanitize your browser for you (cookies, history, temp files etc., active x monitors). So far nothing has gotten past my webroot suite. I also use my routers hardware level firewall.
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One of the problems is if they are getting what I think (Antivirus 2012 - either Vista,7 or Xp) it is an insidious trojan which will actually prevent you from running or installing malware-bytes or other anti-virus software. I cleaned out a pc that had this over the weekend. Used rkill.exe which you can d/l and run for free to stop the active processes from running. Then you can run malwarebytes and it will find and remove it for you. As far as the OP question - does the paid realtime version stop it - IDK. I can say however that I use Spysweeper w/antivirus from Webroot. I paid $40 for my copy and it came with a license for 3 computers and also with window washer which will sanitize your browser for you (cookies, history, temp files etc., active x monitors). So far nothing has gotten past my webroot suite. I also use my routers hardware level firewall.

its off right now and running great, I just want to prevent this crap from coming back is all
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:10 PM   #5  
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One of the problems is if they are getting what I think (Antivirus 2012 - either Vista,7 or Xp) it is an insidious trojan which will actually prevent you from running or installing malware-bytes or other anti-virus software. I cleaned out a pc that had this over the weekend. Used rkill.exe which you can d/l and run for free to stop the active processes from running. Then you can run malwarebytes and it will find and remove it for you. As far as the OP question - does the paid realtime version stop it - IDK. I can say however that I use Spysweeper w/antivirus from Webroot. I paid $40 for my copy and it came with a license for 3 computers and also with window washer which will sanitize your browser for you (cookies, history, temp files etc., active x monitors). So far nothing has gotten past my webroot suite. I also use my routers hardware level firewall.
I'm familier with antivirus 2012 or any variation of that ransomware virus, it's one of the most common we're fixing right now at my shop. Avast+Malwarebytes does get rid of it, the reason avast is so effective, is because it has a boot time scan. This is what we use at my shop, and at the tech college i'm attending for PC Repair/Information Technology.
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The bottom line between Malwarebytes free and paid full version is "real time" protection.. Which is pretty much the gig with many of the free versions. MSE is a very good free real time proram, but not full proof. Norton is the best antivirus program I have scene (for actually blocking viruses and shit), but some others are very good as well.

I have fixed 4-5 different friends (or friends of friends) computers with the current 2012 virus so far. There are different levels of infection. Some were fairly easy and a couple were nasty that fucked with various reg files including firewall and WSC.. But got them all up and going so far.. If it gets to certain point it deletes all restore points and doesn't allow you to open any .exe files including antivirus.. But there are some good programs to get past that as well.. It is like a chess match sometimes and dig the challenge. Most of the cumputer I fixed were running McAfee, but there definition updates seemed a bit old.

Windows defender offline beta is a decent free boot search tool. ComboFix is a lifesaver when things get real nasty. MS Saftey Scanner is pretty good at getting the 2012 virus (depending on the situation..
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So is Avast is better then Microsoft Security Essentials?

i've heard of it and know many people use it but never really thought about switching. Then again I never really had problems with Essentials until now....

I guess I was hoping since Malwarebytes is such a popular program, someone would have the full version and could tell me if it was worth it or to just stick with the free version.
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Yes, avast is better. I cant' stand MSE.

the boot time scan is the deal breaker for me, it lets you scan the hard drive without ever having to load windows.

and it's 100 percent free (they do have a paid version for some extra features though)
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Yes, avast is better. I cant' stand MSE.

the boot time scan is the deal breaker for me, it lets you scan the hard drive without ever having to load windows.

and it's 100 percent free (they do have a paid version for some extra features though)
So one more question.

I decided to give Avast a shot and so far I really like it, picked up viruses that MSE did not, and the boot scan was definitely a plus, should I turn Microsoft defender off or keep it on?
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So one more question.

I decided to give Avast a shot and so far I really like it, picked up viruses that MSE did not, and the boot scan was definitely a plus, should I turn Microsoft defender off or keep it on?
It is not a good idea to run 2 real time anti-virus softwares at the same time.. So definately disable 1 or the other or it can do more harm than good.
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As Bigloww said, disable the MSE or the defender, you don't want two anti-virus on a machine.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:03 PM   #12  
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If you are seeing that its picked up viruses, then you may want to change your habits

I've installed AVG's free version for a number of friends who have had lots of issues in the past and they are all virus free today with no more issues.

Bottom line though - no matter what anyone says, if you've been infected, the only thing you can do to be 100% sure all infections are gone is format and reload. There are a few exceptions, but if your system has been compromised and someone has potentially gained control of it, then they could install any kind of undetectable back door program they want that programs may not detect.
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