Why does Malwarebytes find things that other AV programs do not ?

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Ok i know many AV programs can find things others cant.
BUt Malwarebytes seems to do so much better then other AV programs costing a lot of money!

So how is it that the expensive ones cant do what Malwarebytes do what make malwarebytes so special ?

Really like to know thanks!
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MBAM is not an antivirus program... it specialises in finding spyware and other types of malware.

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OK well why cant the big high priced AV programs out there cant do the same thing ?
This might be helpful:

http://www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/basics/difference.mspx

Antiviruses will catch viruses and some spyware as well. But MalwareBytes is specially developed for Malware (spyware) and hence, more effective for that purpose. MalwareBytes feels more like a supplement to antiviruses than a replacement. Just the same way, we have Rootkits (a technology that viruses use to hide from antivirus scanners) and to catch them we have anti-rootkit solutions like - BlackLight (from Sophos) and other solutions.

Eventually, it all comes down to how effective the antivirus solution is and its ability to stop malware from infecting and spreading into a computer. This might also be interesting: www.av-comparatives.org

Hope it helps.
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I'm with you kiddo, I 'repair' norton protected systems constantly. I feel that the American companies such as norton, trend micro and mcaffee seem to miss quite a bit in comparison for foreign companies such as AVG, avast and kaspersky.

I'd like to know the same thing. With such a large footprint and well established product why can't norton, for example, keep up?
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MalwareBytes is an anti-malware scanner but really much more than that, more of a multipurpose scanner similar to Combofix(which removes multiple infections). It's very effective in detecting and removing rogue programs, malware, even some rootkits.

Whereas most resident antivirus is just what the name says - an anti-virus(mainly for viruses) and it doesn't detect rogue programs and other malware.
MalwareBytes is a very good scanner but it is also not a replacement for a resident antivirus.
How good an anti-malware scanner is also depends on its developers, MBAM developers are very dedicated to it and always on the lookout for new nasties and updates, that's why MBAM scanner it's right up there.

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I have always pondered this question as well.  Does anyone remember way back when McAffee was free?  It was the only product on the market that would clean up the stealth B virus.  It was also one of the few AV programs out at that time.  Then there was a time when Norton was good, but it became bloatware that wants to take over your entire computer and use half of all your system resources.  
It seems like when companies make a name for themselves because of quality and grow larger the software gets more intrusive and overpowering.  Seperate programs like AVG and MBAM run very well together without taking up as many resources as bundled internet security programs.

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I agree, I run AVG coupled with MBAM and often on a cleanout will also run dr web, spybot  and ccleaner just to be sure. Hijack this is also a necessity. I've always gone after a virus/spyware infection with multiple tools as I have yet to find one magical tool that can truly show me 100% of the picture.

My impression is that Norton has tried to cater to the home user who wants a program that will do it all without any of interaction from the user. They've tried to do a firewall, backup, av, antispy etc and instead of doing a few things 100% they are doing many at 80%. My two cents anyway.

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rpggamergirl Thanks for that comment then this makes me wonder is there a program out there that will do the things that Norton or AVG Internet Security do and plus also have a MalwareScanner as well ?
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Thekiddotus,

It's usually only those Security Suites that would have the all rounder .e.g., firewall, antivirus and anti-spyware, and the rest are standalone scanners, I think standalone are better than the suites in real-time protection and resources.

But if you're saying if there is a scanner that detects or removes multiple infections (viruses, rootkits and malware etc) then Combofix among other scanners we used are the ones to go but these are only after-infection scanners, when the system is already infected. These scanners usually don't have realtime protection as in the case of Combofix it is just a scanner\remover but not to prevent the nasties from getting in.

If you don;t like AVG suite or Norton Security suite... then I would suggest having a free antivirus(I have the free Avast), then you may pay for the anti-malware "MalwareBytes"?
Or if not MalwareBytes, then there is always SUPERantispyware where you get a lifetime license for a small fee. SUPERAntispyware is also a really good one.

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she was most helpful i did not get what i wanted but she was nice and explain i just wish there was a way to make a boot disk with all these software titles like malwarebytes.

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