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McAfee and Malwarebyte Virus Protection

by gmagic911x / February 9, 2009 12:11 PM PST

I us AOL with McAfee. After experiencing a very slow computer with continuous "connected, but not responding messages", I downloaded Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware. It detected 232 infected files which were quarantined/deleted and the problem was fixed. I contacted McAfee about this, because I always kept it updated, and their tech dude told me to remove Malware, because it was in conflict and was giving fake alerts. I never got a straight answer on why Malware corrected my problem if the infected file alerts were fake. Is it OK to use both McAfee and Malware?

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by Jimmy Greystone / February 9, 2009 12:18 PM PST

Yes, they both perform different tasks, so the person from McAfee is full of it. Honestly, even free, I wouldn't use McAfee's VirusScan. You want to cripple your system's performance, install VirusScan on it and watch it take a 25-33% hit overall. Compared to the less than 10% hit pretty much any other virus scanner out there causes.

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'Is it OK to use both McAfee and Malware?'
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 10, 2009 2:30 AM PST

I'll assume you meant using McAfee and MalwareBYTEs together and YES, you can use them both together.. Just an explanation about the tech's information.. First, there HAS been a couple of false positives recently for which Malwarebytes identified ONE of McAfee's files as malware.. Upon removal by Malwarebytes, McAfee would no longer run.. I believe that has been fixed at this time. As with all tools, be watchful and careful which files those tools are removing.

In addition, depending on which version of McAfee you have running, the McAfee suites now include an antispyware tool which could conflict with another antispyware program IF both are running "real time" in the background.. The free version of Malwarebytes does NOT run realtime in the background so that's not really any issue for most unless you're using the "paid-for" version. Also, in my opinion, we're seeing way too many spyware infections from those using the McAfee antispyware tool. It's just not doing an effective job. On the McAfee forums, our cleanup advise is to use other removal tools such as Malwarebytes or SuperAntispyware. They find and remove malware that McAfee isn't.

Simply stated, although it's possible the program "may" have removed one or two files incorrectly, the reason your computer ran better after using Malwarebytes is because it cleaned out infected files that McAfee did not..

Hope this helps.


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