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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – October 19, 2016 – Malwarebytes™, the leading advanced malware prevention and remediation solution, today announced the acquisition of AdwCleaner, one of the world’s most frequently downloaded tools for removing potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, toolbars and other unwanted software.

 

https://press.malwarebytes.com/2016/10/19/malwarebytes-acquires-adwcleaner/

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And I still can't get Malwarebytes to scan my PC without freezing up. They really took care of that +1 year old problem, didn't they. <_<

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I have a licenced version of Bitdefender Total Security 2017 (paid) 

 

While the free version of MalwareBytes and/or Trend Micro "House Call" scans are good assets, neither does anything more than my current AV. If anything, they remain hidden on my computer, even after I uninstalled them. 

 

I did, however, contact Bitdefender Support, prior to buying CCleaner Pro Plus. It was confirmed that both programs can coexist on my machine. If anything, I may have to disable the constant monitoring, if, and only IF, it creates a problem with my AV. So far, (2 days) I didn't encounter any. 

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While the free version of MalwareBytes and/or Trend Micro "House Call" scans are good assets, neither does anything more than my current AV. If anything, they remain hidden on my computer, even after I uninstalled them.

 

Look up malware removal videos on YouTube and you'll see that antivirus alone regardless of brand still needs help from other products like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Hitman Pro, SuperAntiSpyware, etc.

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Look up malware removal videos on YouTube and you'll see that antivirus alone regardless of brand still needs help from other products like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Hitman Pro, SuperAntiSpyware, etc.

 

I did, and I agree.

 

My issue is that, long after uninstalling them, through Control Panel ----> Programs and Functions, I still find them in Downloads and/or Documents, among others. Which is why I bought CCleaner in the first place. 

 

Anytime I did a full scan with my AV, and rescanned with the two above mentioned, they came out with "0 threats". Whenever I scanned with the apps, before my AV, they would find/fix issues. 

 

IMHO, free versions of any AVs, have limited powers. Hence the need for a third party malware protection. 

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Ah, but you want them to come back with "0 threats".

 

If they keep finding things then you are doing something wrong when browsing/downloading.

(Or you previous AV was no good).

 

It's like home insurance, you hope it's never needed, and wonder why you have it when you never seem to need to claim, but you would be daft not to have it.

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here you go Hazelnut....  :)

 

having been using both MBAM and ADWC for ages, I think they will be a good fit.

MBAM recently took over JRT as well, so it looks like one day we'll see MBAM be the 'swiss army knives' of malware removal.

 

I wonder what else is in their sights....

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Well no comments at all on my original post :( :( :(

Corona haz a sad. :(

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JRT sort of got swallowed when Malwarebytes took them over.

 

I just hope the same doesn't happen to AdwCleaner although I gather the AdwCleaner devs asked for standalone installers as part of the deal.

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JRT sort of got swallowed when Malwarebytes took them over.

 

Did it?

I still use it regularly, it still gets updated, still runs the same.

Have I missed something?

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Agreed mta, but you don't seem to see it being pushed as a tool on Malware Removal forums like you used to.

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Hmmm, probably a fair call, although only this week, it was being flogged in my monthly PC mag (did a big article on thwarting hackers) right along with MBAM and ADWCleaner.  (yeah yeah, no comments on us being behind down here)

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Agreed mta, but you don't seem to see it being pushed as a tool on Malware Removal forums like you used to.

But when someone is getting one to one help to clean their PC of malware both JRT and ADW are usually involved in the process. 

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Hmmm, probably a fair call, although only this week, it was being flogged in my monthly PC mag (did a big article on thwarting hackers) right along with MBAM and ADWCleaner.  (yeah yeah, no comments on us being behind down here)

 

I'm running win xp and office 97. And loving it.  :lol: :lol:  

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Ah, but you want them to come back with "0 threats".

 

If they keep finding things then you are doing something wrong when browsing/downloading.

(Or you previous AV was no good).

 

It's like home insurance, you hope it's never needed, and wonder why you have it when you never seem to need to claim, but you would be daft not to have it.

 

Obviously, I didn't word this right. I'm talking about sneaky "marketing redirect", where, as for exemple, Adobe will check boxes by default, urging the user to download/install something other than what I need. 

CCleaner Pro Plus does it too. Yahoo and another unwanted boxes are checked by default. I had to be careful to uncheck them before the download.

 

Some of those redirect, not all, are considered to be malicious by my AV. Those are the ones that are also caught by Malwarebytes as well.  

 

My point is that MBAM and House Call did not call/catch anything, as malicious, that my Bitdefender had previously allowed. 

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