I just noticed on the newest version of MBAM free that rootkit detection is not enabled by default. Would you consider this to be a wise thing to enable and trust the reputation of this program that it will do the job as well as another rootkit handler?
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Posted 19 May 2014 - 06:10 AM
Posted 19 May 2014 - 07:19 AM
Good luck to you, LT. I do not need help with removal thank you.
Posted 19 May 2014 - 09:41 AM
Good luck to you, LT.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 has integrated Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit technology. The programme uses a proprietary low level driver similar to some anti-rootkit (ARK) scanners to locate hidden files and special techniques which enable it to detect a wide spectrum of threats including active rootkits. Whilst not updated as often, Malwarebytes rootkit database is refreshed as and when new threats are discovered.
For everyday scanning, enabling the ARK scan is unnecessary. Unless your machine is showing symptoms of malware, I would suggest leaving the ARK scan disabled. Should you suspect an infection, the option can be enabled to help rule out/identify a larger range of infections.
You may wish to enable the Advanced Heuristics Engine (Shuriken) under the Detection and Protection Option. This will deploy a second layer of heuristic analysis to your scan.
As no single product is able to detect 100% of the current threats in the wild today, Malwarebytes 2.0 may miss something a different programme picks up. Many of today's attackers employ advanced techniques which involve sophisticated Botnets, Backdoor Trojans and Rootkits to hide their presence on a computer. This is why it is important to have a multi-layered approach to your security solution. An active anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall should be sufficient in protecting your computer as long as you exercise safe surfing and Internet usage habits.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 will be just as effective in detecting rootkits as many commercial anti-rootkit scanners. If you suspect your computer is infected with a rookit, you are encouraged to seek removal assistance. If you do not suspect your computer is infected, there should be no reason to install additional software to scan for rookits.
I hope I have answered your questions sufficiently. Please feel free to ask further questions.
Posted 19 May 2014 - 11:26 AM
Yes, you have done an excellent job and I thank you. I use MBAM, SpywareBlaster, Defender, SAS, behind my wpa2 router.
I will disable rootkit (I assume it is ARK)unless I suspect something. Shuriken is enabled by default.
I have the free version..
Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:35 AM
Yes, ARK stands for Anti-Rootkit. Rootkit scanners are often referred to as ARK Scanners.
You may be interested in the following article on Windows Defender (W8)/Microsoft Security Essentials (W7/Vista/XP). For a paid solution, my choice of anti-virus is ESET NOD32. For a free solution, my choice of anti-virus is avast! Free Anti-virus. However, please be aware that there is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-virus. What works for me may not work for you.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SpywareBlaster are both good security programmes. Whilst effective in the past, SUPERAntiSpyware has slipped behind competitors and is no longer an on-demand scanner I would recommend. For an on-demand scanner to complement Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, I recommend Emsisoft Anti-Malware.
Posted 20 May 2014 - 11:59 AM
Thank you for the advice. I will now look Emisoft up.
It will be interesting to see if there is a free version.
Posted 20 May 2014 - 12:58 PM
There is indeed a free version.
Emsisoft has both a paid and freeware version. The paid version includes anti-malware protection and uses three security levels (or layers) of protection to prevent the installation of malware and stop malicious processes before they can infect your computer. These layers consist of surf protection, a dual-engine file guard, and advanced behavioral analysis. For more information on Emsisoft Anti-Malware, please refer to the following article.
The freeware version can only be used as an on-demand scanner. As the link shows, purchasing the $39.95 upgrade will grant the extra features described above, but is not necessary to purchase to use the freeware version as an on-demand scanner.
Please let me know if you require further help or information on anything.
Posted 20 May 2014 - 01:20 PM
Your advice is appreciated and Emisoft deserves a good look..
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