Virus and Malware protection; I have both

I have both  Avira and Malwarebytes; from Cleverbridge.

Should they both be installed or just one; and which one?
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Tony GiangrecoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Microsoft Essentials is an Anti Virus and Anti mailware app. So it provides the same protection (in theory) as Avira Premum.

Since they both provide anti virus protection, only one of them should be installed.
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DanielSVCommented:
Avira is an antivirus solution, while Malwarebytes goes after malware.
Depending on your PC use, I'd argue antivirus should be enough.

It doesn't matter if you keep both, though. If it's the free version of Malwarebytes, it doesn't run real-time and hence consume resources better used elsewhere.
(Of course, keeping it is useless unless you scan with it now and then).
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ded9Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Recommended to keep malwarebytes and windows security essentials.



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Tony GiangrecoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I agree with the expert opinions above. I've had to clean up malware many times before and have never found one app that does it all. I always use at least two. Although my real arsenal includes the list below for real bad situations.

1. Malwarebytes
2. SuperAntiSpyware
3. TDS Killer
4. Symantec Endpoint Protection
5. Rougue Killer
6. Combo Fix

There isn't much that get's past this battery of tools.

Please note: I'm not an AV expert, but I've learned to clean systems up through experience.
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Darr247Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials and MalwareBytes AntiMalware Pro, which enables the realtime protection module.MBAM Pro Protection TabThat's stopped malware from installing 4 or 5 times since I paid $25 for it over a year ago, so in my opinion it's re-amortized every one of those times, and still going.
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jcimarronConnect With a Mentor Commented:
mikecox_--
I use MS Security Essentials and MalwareBytes, but the above comments are all valid.
An important consideration is not to use two active (realtime) antivirus programs.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
I have to Avira Premium and  malwarebytes Pro

But I'm no further ahead on this question than when I started, since there seem to be very mixed opinions /-:

Is Essentials an antivirus program; would it conflict with my antivirus program Avira?

I will definitely be installing Essentials; but I'm still uncertain about the other two.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
While installing it was advised that I remove all other anti virus/spyware programs.  That would seem to indicate that I should not be installing Avira; but that I should be able to install Malarebytes.
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Yes, that is true. This confirms my recommedation to install only one of those apps.
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jcimarronCommented:
mikecox_--
"I have to Avira Premium and  malwarebytes Pro"
That should work OK.
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Have you installed the apps? Is everything working ok?
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mikecox_Author Commented:
I've installed Essentials. Plan to install Malwarebytes soon, and probably will not install Avira.  But I'm frustrated about how to award points; as usual.  Do I just divide by 5; since there was really no consensus?  

I liked the arsenal from TG; who agreed with the previous expert opinions, but provided additional options dealing with security and recovering from intrustions  But the answers didn't really provide a solution to my question, just that there are mixed opinions.

Is there a way to defer the decision and have someone else decide how best to reward points?  For example, when someone provides an answer and someone else simply agrees, should that person get points also.

I just want to be fair.
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I'm glad you read those suggestions completely. I've been in the industry for a while and have seen good bad and terrible antivirus apps. I always outfit myself and employees with the best arsenal of tolls that I can find. The list I mentioned above are the best I’ve found based on the different situations I've experienced first hand. I hope you appreciate the experience and knowledge we have provided.

Points should be awarded based on how valuable you think the suggestions to be. I'm sure all experts will appreciate the time you take and the fact that you requested how to award them.

Best of luck eliminating viruses and malware!
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jcimarronCommented:
mikecox_--
"But I'm frustrated about how to award points; as usual.  "

Here is the official guidance on that.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help/viewHelpPage.jsp?helpPageID=24

There is no reason to worry about how you do it.    Just award according to your evaluation of how a post helped you.

But I do feel you did get good advice on your original question.  There, indeed, are many opinions on which apps are best.  You chose two good ones and you should use both.
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Darr247Commented:
I concur. If you choose the Accept Multiple Solutions option on that help page, apportion the points according to how useful you found the solutions to which you assign point (i.e. that doesn't mean you have to award points to ALL replies).
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mikecox_Author Commented:
Thanks for the link JC, I will bookmark it!

I find this service extremely helpful and try to post only one question at a time because I want to, carefully, review and consider all the responses and reward those who take a stab at answering the question.  

I have reviewed all the responses very carefully and hope that I have been fair in awarding points
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mikecox_Author Commented:
Tough question with some really good suggestion; I especially liked the "Arsenal".

Thanks for all the attention to this question.
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jcimarronCommented:
mikecox_--You are welcome.  Now don't post any threads where you are having problems from an infection.  :)
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mikecox_Author Commented:
Ha!  I was forced to re-install the OS on my desktop due to a virus!  It's the reason I posted this question, so I could protect myself from another attack!

Thank God that my Laptop is still working!
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Darr247Commented:
A few of the malwares I've seen have been worse than any virus I've ever heard about.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
Mine was "Zeroaccess".  It seemed to affect the windows installer so updates would not install.  No matter how my on-line tech support service did they couldn't fix it.
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