Solved Thoughts on Buying Malwarebytes.


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After reading a few posts about Malwarebytes I decided to give it a try. It seems to run OK side by side with Eset Internet Security. I still have a few days left on the trial version. My question is should I buy Malwarebytes or just use the free version. If I go with the paid version, I'll go with the Family pack.
 

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I use the paid version as my one and only alongside Defender Firewall. I never needed anything else and I've had Norton and BitDefender.
 

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I use the free version. I also use Defender. With the free version and Eset you would be fine.
 

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    Edge
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    Defender
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    Acer A515-43-R6DE
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    AMD Ryzen 7300U
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I run the paid version alongside Defender. I was lucky enough to by my license many years ago when it was a lifetime license. Malwarebytes and Defender work well together; no interference.
 

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My thoughts on Malwarebytes is that in its early days, it was very effective at detecting and removing malware on less secure earlier Windows operating systems. But from Windows 10 onwards, I find it pretty much pointless and more of a hindrance than anything else. To me, it's now just riding on its early reputation.
 

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I have been using Premium for a long time because if you want real-time protection you need Premium.
It is installed on my 3 laptops and two Android phones.
Malwarebytes support is excellent!

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I downloaded the free version recently and thought I must be on a fake site at first. Once you click to choose download a load of confetti type stuff appears on the screen like congratulations - which is just the kind of thing you get on fake sites telling you you've just won something. But it was actually the malwarebytes site. I didn't like that at all when just going to download a program!
 
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I've never needed anything other than the completely free Windows Defeder.
 

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After reading a few posts about Malwarebytes I decided to give it a try. It seems to run OK side by side with Eset Internet Security. I still have a few days left on the trial version. My question is should I buy Malwarebytes or just use the free version. If I go with the paid version, I'll go with the Family pack.
I decided to let go of my 3 years BitDefender Total Security licence after using it for a year. I was using the same for 3 years prior to that, Norton 360 for 3 years prior to using BitDefender, Kaspersky before Norton, etc. And throughout that period, the free version of Malwarebytes as a on-demand scanner to 'complement' the real-time security solution.

Over such a long period, I had these security solutions pick up a few here and there, but more importantly much of what they picked up were actually living in the hard drive for a long time. Don't know why they were not picked up earlier because I would routinely run a full scan of my system.

I realised that for my usage, I need none of these because they were an unnecessary strain on the system resources. I have been using Windows Defender and Windows Firewall (default setting to BLOCK all incoming AND outgoing connections) and as before, have no issues at all. All my browsers are configured with maximum security under their Settings.

In addition to saving money, my system hardware is happier than ever before because there is no unnecessary load to deal with. Everything runs fast, and everything runs cooler than ever before.

Bottom-line: if you are careful about how you use your computer, you don't need these 3rd party security solutions.
 

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    HP Envy dv7
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    Intel Core i7 3630QM
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    HP
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    16 GB
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    Intel HD Graphics 4000 & Nvidia GeForce GT 635M
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I decided to just go with the free version. I know a lot of forum members use Windows Defender, but I will stay with Eset on my main computers.
 

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    Intel Core i7-10700K
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    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
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    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
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    Realtek Audio
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    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
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    1920 x 1080
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    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
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    750 Watts (62.5A)
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    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
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    Logitech K270
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    Logitech M185
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    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
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    ESET Internet Security
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    Windows 11 Dev
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    Laptop
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    HP Envy x360 15-ds1083cl
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    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHZ
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    15.6"
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I've never needed anything other than the completely free Windows Defeder.
I do have the free version of mwb and try it now and again but it has never come up with anything not already picked up by Defender.

I know many slate Defender but in most cases it just seems to be based on years old information.
 

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    ASUS Vivobook 14
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    I7
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    Yep, Laptop has one.
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    16 GB
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    Integrated Intel Iris XE
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    Realtek built in
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    N/A
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    1920x1080
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    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
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    Yep, got one
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    Yep, got one
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    Stella Artois
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    Built in
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I've been using the paid version of MalwareBytes for about 3 years. So far, it's worked great, mostly detecting PUPs (Potentionally Unwanted Programs), but occasionaly It finds something malicious in real time which I'm thankful for. I use it with no problems with MS Defender (which incidently finds some things MalwwareBytes misses.) For situations like that I go to VirusTotal to see why.

That was the good news.

The bad news is that MalwareBytes has a huge memory footprint and does require some non-trivial CPU resources to run. Large memory footprints are not uncommon in antivirus software and although I'm not that conversant in how they operate under the hood, all of them seem to use lots of systems resources. If you have a modern capable system, the drain on system resources doesn't seem to affect anything so I can't complain too much on that score.

The really bad news is how much "telemetry" the package sends home. I have pfSense running pfBlocker and you would be astounded how much MalwareBytes "phones home". I block all the telemetry which doesn't seem to affect the operational performance, and I haven't done any analysis of exactly what its sending to their servers from the user's system, but non-transparency makes me nervous. As long as it doesn't affect anything and the software doesn't complain I will continue to block their telemetry. Having said that, any malware detections from users should be sent back to the servers for analysis so it can be mitigated. I have no problems with that, but almost all of the antivirus software packages I've seem don't differentiate what user's "data" is shared with the company. I have no reason to suspect MalwareBytes is doing anything underhanded but a little more transparency would go a long way to helping customers make informed decisions.
 

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    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
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    ASUS Prime X570-P
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    4X CMK32GX4M2B3200C16 16GB 1066.7 MHz (DDR4-2133 / PC4-17000) (64GB)
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    AMD Radeon WX2100 Workstation
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    Integrated Realtek S1200A 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
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    2X Samsung S24D360
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    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    3X WD Blue 500GB NVMe, 1X WD Blue 1TB SATA SSD
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    Corsair CX550M
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    Corsair 110R
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    Corsair iCUE H115i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler
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    Logitech K270 KB/Mouse Combo
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    MalwareBytes, MS Defender
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If you are going to buy AV, try something else first, anything else, but MalwareBytes. This sums it up.
it's worked great, mostly detecting PUPs (Potentionally Unwanted Programs),
 

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    MSI B450 TOMAHAWK 7C02v1E (07/19)
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    4x 8GB ADATA XPG GAMMIX D10 DDR4 3200MHz CL16
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    MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC @48FPS (08/19)
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    Creative Sound Blaster Z (11/16)
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    24" AOC G2460VQ6 (01/19)
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    1920×1080@75Hz + FreeSync (DisplayPort)
    Hard Drives
    ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro SSD 512GB (07/19)
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    Seasonic M12II-520 80 Plus Bronze (11/16)
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    Lian Li PC-7NB + 3x Noctua NF-S12A FLX@700rpm (11/16)
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    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S@700rpm
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    HP Wired Desktop 320K Keyboard (04/22)
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    HP Wireless Silent 280M Mouse (05/21)
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    400/40 Mbps via RouterOS (05/21) + TCP Optimizer
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    Edge with Neeva (No FB/Google) + Brave for YouTube + LibreWolf for FB
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If you use defender, the free version of Malwarebytes for a on demand scan should be fine
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Alienware Area 51m R2
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    10th Gen Core i9 10900K
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 2080 Super
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    Nvidia HD
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    1920x1080
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    C: Samsung 2TB P981A
    D: Samsung 2TB 970 Evo
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    Dark side of the moon
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    Alienware AW610M
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    Chrome and Firefox
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    Norton
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    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
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    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
    Tobii Eye Tracker
  • Operating System
    Dual Boot Windows 11 Pro / Windows 11 Pro Dev build
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    Laptop
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    Dell Inspiron 3501
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    11th Gen i-7 2.80 gb
    Memory
    16Gb
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    1920 x 1080
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    512Gb SSD
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    Chrome
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    Norton

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Having said that, any malware detections from users should be sent back to the servers for analysis so it can be mitigated. I have no problems with that, but almost all of the antivirus software packages I've seem don't differentiate what user's "data" is shared with the company. I have no reason to suspect MalwareBytes is doing anything underhanded but a little more transparency would go a long way to helping customers make informed decisions.
The following policy is for all Malwarebytes products and services. Malwarebytes Privacy Policy
 

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SIMAUD

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Over the years, I've used Norton/Symantec, McAfee, Malwarebytes, AVG, Avast and a few others, but finally settled on Windows Defender exclusively since the advent of Windows 10. And, at the risk of inviting the fates to turn on me, I'm happy to report that I've not had a problem on any of my computers.
Seems to me if you keep Windows and your software fully updated, there's no need for additional protection - especially paid protection.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro Insider DEV
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS-13 9333
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-4210U Processor 3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® HD Graphics 4400
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Keyboard
    Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
    Mouse
    Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000
    Browser
    Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

Porthos

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Seems to me if you keep Windows and your software fully updated, there's no need for additional protection - especially paid protection.
Unless you are careless and click happy.
 

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AdvancedSetup

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I am an employee and I'm not saying you have to buy our product, but you can go visit the Bleepingcomputer forums and see how many people have been infected with ransomware that was only running Windows Defender. Granted, where you visit, what you click, etc. does have a lot to do with it but in some cases, as with unpublished exploits, one can also be attacked having not clicked on something bad. Having good backups of your data that you take offline or otherwise make unavailable to attack is a very prudent process that I would highly recommend if you're going to rely on just WD. You could go years without any infection but it only takes one successful time to encrypt all your data. Do yourself a favor and make good backups a part of your maintenance.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI Custom build
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 TI
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes

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