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Paul Cartwright
07 May 2012

I bought MBAM Pro last year after running the free version for a while. On my Windows 7 desktop my copy of McAfee is about to expire. I will probably remove it & install Microsoft Security Essentials, to run along with MBAM. I put MS Security Essentials on all my older PC's & install it for friends. So far no one with MS SE has had a virus that I know of.

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Steve
07 May 2012

I'm using Advanced SystemCare 5 Pro, which has Full Malware Removal, what does MBAM have that I'm not getting with what I'm using?

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Keith Hartman
07 May 2012

MBAM does NOT play nice with my BitDefender package. Running together with all the setting meant to avoid each other results in computer lock-up three or four times a week. Restart can only be accomplished by holding down the manual start button for 8 seconds. Computer is an HP h8-1110 running Windows 7.

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Gyppo
07 May 2012

I run MBAM (free version, but regularly updated) once a week, usually when having my evening meal, or when leaving the computer alone for a while to visit the shops or similar. Occasionally it finds something which Spybot or the free version of Panda have missed. Spybot gets a weekly outing too.

Panda runs *all* the time. I've been using it since the early days when it was just out of beta.

I have to say that I'm quite fussy about where my computer 'visits', which probably helps reduce my risks. If something 'feels' wrong I'll run 'out of schedule' checks

Gyppo

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Wendyl
07 May 2012

Bob, I agree with all you've said. I use the pro version of MBAM coupled with Microsoft Security both alerting me to potential problems as well as eradicating the "culprits" before any harm is done. And you are absolutely correct in that $25 is a real bargain when it comes to having a peace of mind knowing your computer is secure.

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Bob Pratt
07 May 2012

I use free MBAM with Norton Internet Security 2012 without any problems, running scans on demand. But I've read the paid for version that runs 'real time' can cause conflicts with the AV as they are both running simultaneously and trying to do the same (similar) job.

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Buffet
07 May 2012

I use the paid version of MBAM and couldn't be more pleased. That, in conjunction with ESET's NOD32 seem to provide everything I need. I also use SuperAntispyware from time to time to rid myself of those annoying cookie spys. It detects and disposes of them better.

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Buffet
07 May 2012

I use the paid version of MBAM and couldn't be more pleased. That, in conjunction with ESET's NOD32 seem to provide everything I need. I also use SuperAntispyware from time to time to rid myself of those annoying cookie spys. It detects and disposes of them better.

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dave sykes
07 May 2012

i run mbam pro on my pc,alongside iobit advanced system care pro,and my system stays very clean and lightning fast,very happy.

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TheRube
07 May 2012

I LOVE MBAM 'cause IT Just works.
The free version is wonderful but the Professional version is SUPER!

It definitely has Real-Time scanning ability as demonstrated the other day when it caught the Trojan.Tracur malware trying to download itself into my laptop - - What Nerve!

Yes, Indeed.
MBAM comes Highly recommended through years of experience working with it.
MBAM is one part of my Security Defense along with Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and Spybot: Search and Destroy which I use at least on a weekly basis.

I also use Sandboxie and the Comodo firewall (to check against malware trying to "phone home") in the event that legitimate software I downloaded comes bundled with a suspected piece of junk!

Note: If you are able please make a donation or purchase the "free" version of anti-malware software as the developers of these applications work long and hard to ensure that computers world wide be protected against cyber-miscreants!

Thank you for listening.

TheRube

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Dan Morrow
07 May 2012

I installed MBAM Pro about a yr ago and I have it scheduled to scan and update daily. I also have AVG Internet Security 2012. If it sounds like I am a little paranoid about all the evil out there, I probably am, but I don't have problems and I feel very safe with these protections. I acquired my safety net via Bob Rankin's excellent Newsletters and I truly respect his well written and researched information.

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actionjksn
07 May 2012

I could probably get by with only MBAM Pro as could some other people, because I have ran for months at a time with my antivirus turned off without picking up anything. While other people I know will manage to get infected no matter what they run. But for somebody who is not totally comfortable with the knowledge that they can take care of any infection that their computer picks up. It would not be a good idea to trust MBAM-Malwarebytes exclusively. Because I don't think it's made for that, which is why it plays nice with regular antivirus. But I swear by Malwarebytes as a supplemental malware scanner. And if you have a modern dual core computer with 4 gigs of ram. You should be able to run MBAM and a not too heavy antivirus together, without any excessive slowdown or sluggishness from your computer. As long as your standard antivirus and Malwarebytes are not running system scans at the same time it should be fine. I find that Microsoft Security Essentials with an occasional full scan with Malwarebytes is enough for me. And neither of them are a resource hog. And with the Microsoft Security Essentials you can adjust the scanner for whatever amount of processor usage you want. Like from 10% to 20% all the way to 100% processor usage. My processor does four simultaneous threads so I set it at 70% for quicker scans.

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B.A.Geezer
07 May 2012

I have been using MBAM free and/or Ad-Aware free as add-on security to AVG free for many years. I
have had no problems at all. BUT I manually update daily and then run the full scans of each daily. The only suggestion I have for Ad-aware free, and MBAM free is to add auto-shutdown to the end of the scan.

I find your newsletter very helpful, so keep them coming. I have been "computing" since the early 80s when I started on a Radio Shack model 64 running Trs-Dos.I have seen many newsletters about computing during this time, and yours, and Chris Pirillo's are among the best. Thanx.

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Daniel Wiener
07 May 2012

My main anti-virus program is free-AVG, but I also run overnight MBAM scans an average of once per week (it takes 3 or 4 hours on my computer). I don't like programs which run in the background or on a pre-set schedule, since I don't want them slowing down my computer if I happen to be working then, so I'm not too interested in the pro version. (However, I should send Malwarebytes a contribution.)

I use MBAM exactly as you described -- as an extra layer of protection and to dig out occasional infections which only MBAM seems able to find and cure. There have been a couple of times when my system has gotten hammered, and I had to resort to multiple countermeasures, but MBAM would fix things when everything else failed. So now if I suspect a problem, an MBAM scan is my first resort. And when I provide "technical support" to other family members, and their computers get badly infected, MBAM is the first thing I install (or update) and run.

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howard
07 May 2012

Your spot on with your statements. Mbam is a wonderful tool that I have been using for years, and works just like you say. I use the free version and i might upgrade sometime, but either way I agree with you that a layered protection plan is best. There's no one anti-virus or spyware program that can protect you 100 percent of the time and catch everything the bad guys throw at you. Great article

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Eric Warren
07 May 2012

Hi Bob,

I now use both MSE and the paid MBAM on my computer. Given the amount of surfacing that I do on the internet, they have both served me well. Previously I used McAfee and Windows Defender but later I removed Defender in favor of free MBAM.

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Zivan Milanovic
07 May 2012

Hi there, I've used MBAM for years, both free and now paid and have found that running it with Avira free antiviruus,I've been fortunate enough (touch wood) not to have any problems. I highly recommend MBAM!

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Dave
07 May 2012

If you run MBAM (pro) and MS Security Essentials, you must set exclusions for each program in the other one (at least in Windows XP) to avoid computer freeze-ups. The information is on the Malwarebytes forums.

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Chris Mattson
07 May 2012

If your on dial up, you might want to try the free version. As the paid one, runs in the back round and it slowed my computer down to a crawl. that is when moving to web site to site. And used quite a bit of memory.

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East-Slope Charlie
07 May 2012

Bob is right.

Think of it this way -- if you burn them, you burn not only yourself (Karma), all others (some honestly too poor to buy the full program), AND you burn Bob as well. You don't want to reflect badly on Bob, or burn him either! In the immortal words of the old Windows Haiku's:

A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.

And my favorite:

Windows XP crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

And where would Bob's help be if some of us didn't help him out by buying a book every now and then to help him pay for his bandwidth -- ????? And how many times have you escaped death not even knowing it by using a 'free' program he's recommend? THAT program is why you can read this now -- you learned about the program that saved you from Bob, right?

So do the 'right' thing and send them just a couple of bucks when something is 'free' -- it's not just the program you are supporting, it's the people who write the program and their families (not to mention the server and bandwidth that sent you the program). There really IS enough to go around if we all learn to share!

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