Malware Bytes

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jwolf6589, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. jwolf6589 macrumors 65816

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    Bought the subscription to this app for $40/year. Do you recommend I turn on FT protection? Right now I have it off and just do a scan once an hour as set by the app by default.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I'm not a fan of running background processes like that unless absolutely necessary. I would just fire it up and run manually once in a while if you are worried about malware.
     
  3. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have it set to run once a week.
     
  4. chscag macrumors 68040

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    What's the difference between the pay version and free version? I have used Malwarebytes but it was the free version which can be run manually anytime. The pay version reverts to the free version after a certain period of time. 30 days?
     
  5. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Its more honest to pay for software that one will use.
     
  6. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    The main difference with the paid version is the periodic automatic scanning, with active scanning of new files.
    Malwarebytes runs in a legitimate free version, if you prefer not to pay. If you wish to pay for that, you get scheduled automatic scans, and another feature or two.
    The free version is simply one that you run manually, whenever you feel the need. I might run Malwarebytes once or twice a month. The software allows either a paid, or a free version.
    But, there's certainly nothing wrong with supporting the developer with the paid version.
     
  7. chscag macrumors 68040

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    I understand that, but then why do they have a free version? I believe in paying for shareware - but Malwarebytes is not shareware. I no longer use Malwarebytes but instead use DetectX Swift (which I paid for). The reason I no longer use Malwarebytes is the way it scatters itself throughout your hard drive. I found close to 2 GB of its files and other things on my hard drive.
     
  8. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Its detected and eliminated all malware and adware I have had. Also having a SSD is much much better in that scans take little time.
     
  9. goslowjoe macrumors regular

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    I could not agree more with this statement! I use Malwarebytes as well, the PAID version. The same with EtreCheck and some other apps I have. The developers help us a great deal by designing these apps, and here I specifically have EtreCheck in mind, a brilliant app, designed specifically for Mac.

    Bottom line: If you can afford a Mac, then you can afford to pay for applications that run on it.
     
  10. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    EtreCheck? Sounds like Tech Tools Pro.
     
  11. Zenithal macrumors G3

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    Active scanning and connection listening are big features of the software.
     
  12. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    There is such a thing as Freeware. Developers choose whether or not payment is required, optional (shareware) or not required. There's nothing dishonest about using software that's put out there as Freeware. If a developer asks for payment, but makes it optional, it's still not dishonest to use it without paying for it. I always pay something for Shareware because I think it's the right thing for me to do. If someone else chooses not to pay, that's up to the individual. I will not criticize that person, having not "walked a mile in his/her shoes". I will also not criticize any of the posts above, even though I quite obviously disagree with some of the sentiment expressed.
     
  13. The Hammer macrumors 6502

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    It found nothing but a couple of false positives on my former windows machine So it will be a while before I try it again.
     
  14. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    The ONLY differences between trial and free versions are real time protection and automatically updated definitions/databases.

    For you, real time protection is a good idea.

    It’s “malwarebytes” as one word, not two, by the way.
     
  15. SDColorado Contributor

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    Nothing dishonest about using the free version of Malwarebytes. From the developers own "mouth" under Frequently Asked Questions:

    Is there still a FREE Malwarebytes? What will it include?
    Yes! We still firmly believe that everyone has a fundamental right to a malware-free existence, and that’s not changing. Malwarebytes 3.0 Free will have the same capabilities as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, but with a 3x to 4x scan speed improvement.

    Nothing dishonest about using for free what the developer put out there with the intent of being used for free. If someone hacked the Premium version and was using that for free beyond the 14-day trial, then that would be a different story.

    As for what you get with the premium version:

    Real-time protection against spyware and malware infections rather than just scanning for and cleaning them after infection.

    Scans can be scheduled to run at any time.

    Automatic updates to the latest protection.

    Blocks Apps from developers of unwanted software.

    With the free version, you would have to manual update protection and manually scan for malware infections that may have occurred.
     

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