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Kudos0

Do I Need Malwarebytes Software?

Would like input on how many people use this in addition to Norton Internet Security.  Malwarebytes slows my machine down. 

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Kudos0

Re: Do I Need Malwarebytes Software?

Hello

Many customers use the free version of Malwarebytes as a second opinion to check for malware. They don't use it every day. Each company checks for different things. Some customers use the paid version. Some have problems with it and others don't. 

Have a Good Night and

Thanks.

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Re: Do I Need Malwarebytes Software?

No, you do not need MB along side Norton.  I do on this machine because I have a lifetime license and this machine has the hardware capable of running MB without slowing the machine down.

MB does catch more PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) than Norton, but if you're careful what you download and always customise the install you should be able to uncheck any boxes agreeing to download bloat you don't need.

You can keep MB installed and disable it from starting with Windows.  Then you can manually run a scan at a time that suites.

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
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Re: Do I Need Malwarebytes Software?

Hi CarolLynn:

Like Krusty13, I have a lifetime (perpetual) license for Malwarebytes Premium but I've deactivated my MB Premium license and am currently using Malwarebytes (MB) Free as an on-demand manual scanner.  I run a manual MB Threat Scan every 3 or 4 days just to look for lower risk PUPs like browser hijackers or adware that Norton might have missed.

I've encountered a few issues this past year or so running Norton and Malwarebytes Premium v3.x together in real-time protection mode where:

In my case, these conflicts might have more to do with the slow CPU and limited amount of RAM in my old Vista SP2 machine than the fact that I'm using Norton Security as my main antivirus.  If I could run these two programs together without encountering problems as I have in past years I would.

Malwarebytes suggests that users create scan exclusions in their antivirus program if they believe there might be a conflict with Malwarebytes and their antivirus.  If you haven't already tried this the current list of recommended scan exclusions to add to Norton is posted in post # 7 of Malwarebytes 3 - Frequently Asked Questions.  Follow the instructions in the Norton support article Exclusions / Low Risks and add those Malwarebytes files and folders to both the Items to Exclude from Scans and the Items to Exclude from Auto-Protect, SONAR and Download Intelligence Detection.

It might also help to create mutual scan exclusions in Malwarebytes for your Norton files.  Here's what I currently have in Malwarebytes at Settings | Exclusions.  Other Malwarebytes users following this thread might have further suggestions for other Symantec/Norton files and folders (e.g., C:\Windows\System32\drivers\symevent.sys) that should be added to that list of exclusions.  I use Norton Security Deluxe v22.15.1 on a 32-bit OS so the path to your Norton folders and files might be slightly different.

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32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox ESR v52.9.0 * NS Deluxe v22.15.1.8 * MB v3.5.1-1.0.365

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Re: Do I Need Malwarebytes Software?

Thanks guys, I appreciate the input.  I currently have the paid subscription that expires next month and have been leaning toward letting it go.  Since I run it when I want I'm not getting my money's worth.  I did work with support quite a bit on the exclusions both in the Malwarebytes & Norton settings but it didn't help.  It just could be something else in the way my machine is set up.  I'm going back to the free version.  Thanks everyone.

Kudos0

Re: Do I Need Malwarebytes Software?

CarolLynn: MB is not needed... period. The few PUPs it might identify are no big deal. Don't bother with it. Some users love to fiddle with their security software "endlessly" but in the final analysis, your NIS is enough as long as you're not visiting inappropriate sites nor downloading programs from non-reputable sites. I have better things to do with my time and I'm sure you do as well. But you will always find some users who love to drill down into every option on their software and fine tune it (as though that will actually make any significant difference... and it generally will not).

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Re: Do I Need Malwarebytes Software?

Sorry, have to disagree. MalwareBytes is very useful for picking up PUAS/PUPS, that Norton doesn't regard as malicious.

However, given you can run a scan from time to time with MBytes FREE version, why wouldn't you ?

Windows 10 Home X 64 Norton Security Premium Current
Kudos0

Re: Do I Need Malwarebytes Software?

That's okay... no need to apologize. I don't bother worrying about PUAS and PUPS as I mentioned before. I've been online for close to 25 years now with no infections and no problems. Most of this is due to keeping my computers updated, following good practices which includes downloading as little as possible from online and being extremely careful regarding email, links and phishing. I follow Steve Gibson and Paul Thurrott and neither bother wish MWB. I just don't obsess beyond what my AV and system provides. To each his own, I guess. Best regards.