Q&A I bought MalwareBytes lifetime key is it worth it?

SecureKongo

Level 21
Verified
Malware Tester
Feb 25, 2017
1,082
Isn't Windows hardening just meant to save time? You can harden windows yourself, through group policies etc. I did it following a guide.
Of course, but for Windows Home users for example it's a pain to find a way to access group policies not to mention finding the right ones. But if you can harden it by yourself and don't want an easy way to reset the policies then it's not needed. How about you try the 30 day trial of OSArmor and decide if its worth it? I definitely think that it's the better option compared to Malwarebytes. If you have properly hardened your system I don't even think that you need anything else apart from an AV of your choice. Sometimes less is more. (y)
 
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FireHammer

Level 10
Aug 27, 2020
451
Hey, I also have Bitdefender(Total Security) & an active Malwarebytes subscription, but I do not have Malwarebytes besides Bitdefender, which is a very bad idea.
I would throw out Malwarebytes mainly because you don't need two AVs and it is by far the least potent of the two.
Kind Regards Firehammer. :)
 

RoboMan

Level 32
Verified
Content Creator
Jun 24, 2016
2,184
Aforementioned, there's no technology MalwareBytes can provide that BitDefender isn't offering you already. In your case, MalwareBytes just consumes RAM and resources, and is not really adding anything interesting to your combo worth keeping it.

My recommendation is, if you want to keep MalwareBytes, disable real-time protection and keep the rest of the modules.
 

Techno Mama

Level 1
Oct 26, 2014
11
Yeah I have bitfender paid version and this malwarebytes and yes i always have them both active when i surf on chrome, edge and i keep my vpn on in case im visiting a shady website.
I've been considering turning a few things off on Malwarebytes since they have expanded real time protection. But I will tell you that, online, it catches easily 3-4 times more bad web pages than Bitdefender. Nine out of ten times, Bitdefender catches security certs. So at least run the Malwarebytes online protection and scheduled scans.

As for value? You got a deal! I have been using Malwarebytes for eternity on a lifetime license.
 

Taehyun

New Member
Apr 18, 2021
5
Of course, but for Windows Home users for example it's a pain to find a way to access group policies not to mention finding the right ones. But if you can harden it by yourself and don't want an easy way to reset the policies then it's not needed. How about you try the 30 day trial of OSArmor and decide if its worth it? I definitely think that it's the better option compared to Malwarebytes. If you have properly hardened your system I don't even think that you need anything else apart from an AV of your choice. Sometimes less is more. (y)
Where is the thread which explains how to harden your security?
 

SecureKongo

Level 21
Verified
Malware Tester
Feb 25, 2017
1,082
Where is the thread which explains how to harden your security?
I'd recommend you to try Simple Windows Hardening which is much easier to confugure than doing everything by yourself, especially when you are not that much into this kind of thing. Download it here and apply the basic recommended settings in the settings menu: AndyFul/Hard_Configurator

If you have further question you can DM @Andy Ful as he's the developer of those tools and is active here. :)

Here is the thread: Q&A - Simple Windows Hardening
 

Zartarra

Level 4
May 9, 2019
180
The best component of MBAM is their web protection.

I tested several AV with the same links and samples.

Tests​
Bitdefender​
F-Secure​
Kaspersky​
McAfee​
Windows Defender​
Sophos HP​
Trend Micro​
Emsisoft​
AVG​
MBAM​
Malware links​
50​
70​
60​
70​
40​
66,67​
40​
70​
100​
80​
Phishing links​
84,47​
97,58​
88,84​
95,99​
68,54​
84,11​
81,47​
57,78​
97,64​
96,27​
Samples early January​
94,12​
82,35​
88,24​
100​
82,35​
94,12​
70,59​
100​
94,12​
82,35​
Samples January (50)​
91,84​
96​
92​
94​
94​
96​
77​
92,68​
94​
80​
Samples February​
100​
100​
90​
60​
95​
85​
75​
100​
100​
75​
Samples March​
87,5​
97,5​
90​
77,5​
95​
80​
75​
97,5​
87,5​
70​

The web protection can be added to the browsers via an extension. So you don't need to buy the whole packet if you have an other AV or if you are using WD.

When I compare it with other results from the last 2 years, their web protection is top:

Tests​
Bitdefender​
F-Secure​
Kaspersky​
McAfee​
Sophos HP​
AVG​
MBAM​
Malware links​
60,65​
62,95​
70,05​
77,75​
73,92​
73,97​
85,14​
Phishing links​
90,48​
82,15​
78,22​
83,24​
78,44​
87,50​
87,42​
 

Techno Mama

Level 1
Oct 26, 2014
11
The best component of MBAM is their web protection.

I tested several AV with the same links and samples.

Tests​
Bitdefender​
F-Secure​
Kaspersky​
McAfee​
Windows Defender​
Sophos HP​
Trend Micro​
Emsisoft​
AVG​
MBAM​
Malware links​

50​

70​

60​

70​

40​

66,67​

40​

70​

100​

80​
Phishing links​

84,47​

97,58​

88,84​

95,99​

68,54​

84,11​

81,47​

57,78​

97,64​

96,27​
Samples early January​

94,12​

82,35​

88,24​

100​

82,35​

94,12​

70,59​

100​

94,12​

82,35​
Samples January (50)​

91,84​

96​

92​

94​

94​

96​

77​

92,68​

94​

80​
Samples February​

100​

100​

90​

60​

95​

85​

75​

100​

100​

75​
Samples March​

87,5​

97,5​

90​

77,5​

95​

80​

75​

97,5​

87,5​

70​

The web protection can be added to the browsers via an extension. So you don't need to buy the whole packet if you have an other AV or if you are using WD.

When I compare it with other results from the last 2 years, their web protection is top:

Tests​
Bitdefender​
F-Secure​
Kaspersky​
McAfee​
Sophos HP​
AVG​
MBAM​
Malware links​

60,65​

62,95​

70,05​

77,75​

73,92​

73,97​

85,14​
Phishing links​

90,48​

82,15​

78,22​

83,24​

78,44​

87,50​

87,42​

I concur, but in a real life scenario with perhaps decades of observation, I think MB should be scoring a bit higher. My 3-4 times greater than Bitdefender observation was no overestimation. It is especially good at ads on a page that contain infected links. Something perhaps Bitdefender etc need to look at closer.
 

Templarware

Level 6
Mar 13, 2021
259
The best component of MBAM is their web protection.

I tested several AV with the same links and samples.

Tests​
Bitdefender​
F-Secure​
Kaspersky​
McAfee​
Windows Defender​
Sophos HP​
Trend Micro​
Emsisoft​
AVG​
MBAM​
Malware links​

50​

70​

60​

70​

40​

66,67​

40​

70​

100​

80​
Phishing links​

84,47​

97,58​

88,84​

95,99​

68,54​

84,11​

81,47​

57,78​

97,64​

96,27​
Samples early January​

94,12​

82,35​

88,24​

100​

82,35​

94,12​

70,59​

100​

94,12​

82,35​
Samples January (50)​

91,84​

96​

92​

94​

94​

96​

77​

92,68​

94​

80​
Samples February​

100​

100​

90​

60​

95​

85​

75​

100​

100​

75​
Samples March​

87,5​

97,5​

90​

77,5​

95​

80​

75​

97,5​

87,5​

70​


Looks like AVG is the best.
 
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