Opinions on Malwarebytes and CCleaner
I have never had a virus on any of my home based computers. I do believe that you have to develop that sixth sense or gut feeling in knowing when you are entering potentially dangerous territory. On the software side I currently use three products to help keep my computers at home safe and clean. CCleaner — Without a doubt, CCleaner is the number one optimization tool that not only cleans your computer, but also aids in keeping your computer safe.
Windows 10 and Malwarebytes and CCleaner
I have recommendations for specific security software and techniques in various places on the site. Here’s a short summary. What anti- virus is the best? How about a firewall? And what about spyware? Should I use one of the all-in-one packages that claim to do everything? Is there anything else I need? As you might imagine, I get questions like this all the time. Become a Patron of Ask Leo!
Get a router , even if you have only one computer. This will be your primary firewall. Use Windows Defender, already installed in Windows 8, 8. Make sure Windows Update is on to keep your computer as up-to-date as possible. Good basic protection in four steps, with only one download. Basic security software: Windows Defender comes pre-installed in all recent versions of Windows. In fact, Microsoft has doubled-down on its commitment to Windows Defender in Windows 10, and seems to be improving it with every release.
Defender does a fine job of detecting malware, and does so without adversely impacting system performance or nagging you for renewals, upgrades, or up-sells. There are several reasons I stick to that position. No anti-malware tool will stop all malware. There is no single clear, consistent winner.
Regardless of how the data is presented, the differences among detection rates across most current anti-malware tools is relatively small compared to other factors. There are also some very practical reasons I continue to prefer Windows Defender.
In practice, it rarely impacts system performance. It integrates with Windows Update to keep itself up-to-date. It has no additional agenda: Thus, my recommendation stands. It should be appropriate for almost everyone.
No single product is. This is where I run into difficulty trying to make recommendations. The landscape keeps changing. Things keep changing. Like Malwarebytes, it has also expanded to be a more fully-featured anti-malware tool. Caveats with all I need to reiterate some important points. In several cases, they are two completely different downloads.
Unless you know otherwise, the truly FREE version of these tools would be my recommendation. Unless or until you know you want this, always decline. Speaking of declining: Consider using Ninite to install these tools — all are available there.
What else? You probably already have one. Back up I strongly recommend you back up regularly. More on backing up here: More on that in this article:
Basic security software: Windows Defender
Posted on November 10, 9: MalwareBytes believes it should be your solution in these troubled times, and has thrown down the gauntlet for other anti-virus firms with a new tool and report that highlights how they are failing their customers. MalwareBytes is an anti-malware application that offers manual scanning in its free version, and real-time protection with its premium option. But as ends, MalwareBytes is looking to step out of the toolsets of IT professionals, and into the hearts and minds of consumers the world over — by taking a swipe at its competitors.
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CCleaner deletes potentially malicious or unwanted temporary files from your Mac. Like Malwarebytes, CCleaner is simple to use. All you have. Competitors like of Ccleaner and Symantec have faced security concerns at the very core of their service, so MalwareBytes thinks this could. I Use CCleaner, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, And Bitdefender Antivirus Free To Keep My PC Safe (and Clean).