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Steven Bulger
02 Feb 2017

Why wasn't Malwarebytes tested? I use it and have no problems. It also has an anti-exploit program which protects against ransomware.

Posted by:

John Reeder
02 Feb 2017

I have the same question as Steven Bulger. Was Malwarebytes tested? If I remember correctly, you recommend Malwarebytes in the past. ???

Posted by:

John K
02 Feb 2017

Same question as above, yes i know about the dispute
between malwarebytes and others, as they are competitors.
However this should not affect results you publishing test results. Please rethink your decision to not include malwarebytes in future test results

Posted by:

Peso Pete
02 Feb 2017

Same question here. How does Malwarebytes fair?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Those tests are voluntary. MBAM has chosen not to participate. You'll have to ask them why.

Posted by:

Richard
02 Feb 2017

And the same site lists PC Pitstop as an overall fail. Stability shows as "buggy".

EDITOR'S NOTE: The failing grade was due to the number of false positives, an issue I addressed in the article.

Posted by:

jorge
02 Feb 2017

I was using Panda years ago. Why it is not in the test?

Posted by:

Bo
02 Feb 2017

What happened to Kaspersky?

Posted by:

Frank
02 Feb 2017

Curious about malwarebytes, too. I recently installed version 3.0.6 (I think). It ran over 29 hours and never finished. I emailed mbam and they acknowledged getting my inquiry. It's been four days and they have not replied with any susstance. I pay for premiuim so I am not happy.

Posted by:

Jay R
02 Feb 2017

I know that in the past that you worked at PCPS. Is there any relationship between y'all now?

After frying one PC, I am very careful about where I go. Avast Free, MBAM for money, and Sophos (run at random) have kept me out of trouble. Thank you for all that you do. It almost as good as living next door to a guru.

EDITOR'S NOTE: What??? I have never worked with, for, or at PC Pitstop. My first job out of college was as a computer programmer at IBM (1984-1997). Since then I have been a happily SELF-employed online publisher.

Posted by:

Don
02 Feb 2017

I'll join the "What happened to" parade with Webroot, which I just bought based on recommendations and or reviews which may have included this site.
Also, I would be willing to give PCMatic a try IF I can also keep my standard AV and Malwarebytes. Will they all play nice together? (I have never had a conflict with MBAM and any other product).

Posted by:

misterfish
02 Feb 2017

Hi Bob,
Your recommendations are always interesting, and please don't take this as a criticism, but today I tried PCmatic, found the site, downloaded, created account, ran software, not unsurprisingly it found some recommendations. Click "next" - oh, didn't we tell you at the start (no you didn't) that it will cost you thirty pounds sterling.
I am a pensioner and that is way over my available budget - but in any event, I refuse to subscribe to companies that use these sly tactics to get you to cough up money. Be upfront, be honest PC Pitstop and tell me the price before I waste my time.

Posted by:

Paul S
02 Feb 2017

My first reaction is that Reactive results should be deterministic and Proactive results more probabilistic. However I'm guessing different products compute "signatures" differently and malware makers constantly adjust their products to avoid detection. So all identification attempts must be probabilistic with the AV vendor setting the "fences" for positive/negative where they like. Why not make these settings available in an Advanced Settings area so that individual users can customize behavior. Finally, these processes seem like opportunities for "big data" techniques to supplant hard coded algorithms. Sharing data among AV vendors would help the customers (us).

Posted by:

Lance
02 Feb 2017

I've been using Bullguard for the past 4+ years and have been very happy with it. I receive a few false positives occasionally, but not enough to be an issue. I used Bitdefender prior to that. I didn't care for the functional changes they made and quit using it.

Posted by:

Ellis
02 Feb 2017

Why wasn't Kaspersky tested?

Posted by:

Michael Burks
02 Feb 2017

Eyebrow raising or not, this article would lead one to believe PC Matic is God's gift to antivirus. But, Virus Bulletin referenced in the article gives it a failing grade.
https://www.virusbulletin.com/testing/results/latest/vb100-antimalware

EDITOR'S NOTE: The failing grade was due to the number of false positives, an issue I addressed in the article.

Posted by:

Rick
02 Feb 2017

Another informative article, but no mention of the growing trend of Ransomware via social media: http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=0010003B4X2E

Posted by:

Frank
02 Feb 2017

I use Advance Systems Care Ultimate(paid) and BitDefender(Free); they "play nice" together as someone mentioned. I have only been using them for about 4-months, and they caught the one (1) virus that attempted to invade my system. I went with ASC because of something you posted nearly a year ago. Totally satisfied with how my machine functions. Wondering why ASC was not tested. BTW, I run Win7 Home Edition -64-bits. So perhaps because this was a Win10 test, it doesn't apply to me. For the record, I dumped Avast, Avila, AVG, Kasperksy(paid), Norton(totally locked up my system). Finally, tried the PCMatic test run offered and quickly uninstalled. Same problem as Kaspersky. Again, perhaps my Win7 is the reason. Any way, keep up the good work; like some others on your thread, I am a "old school fixed income" guy and rely on your judgement and recommendations. Hope you will not have run out of copies of your new "Backup" book before I can spell able.

Posted by:

Dwight
02 Feb 2017

I Use free versions of SUPERAntiSpyware and Malware Bytes. One finds things the other misses and vice versa. Also use the free version of Avast. Win 10 is kept up to date. I don't open attachments I'm not expecting.
Thanks for all the tips and info. Keep up the great work.

Posted by:

mike
02 Feb 2017

Your favorite program does not even show up on the reviews I am reading. Is there a something we are missing that excludes some of the good products listed in comments above?

EDITOR'S NOTE: I never said anything about PC Matic being my favorite, nor did I endorse it. It's one of many alternatives I want you to know about.

Posted by:

RichF
02 Feb 2017

I don't understand people using Kaspersky. With it being a Russian company staffed with exKGB security people and Russia's supposed hacking of our elections (and God knows what else) would make me wonder what was going on inside my machine!

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