Which is better
Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:36 PM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:01 AM
No, MBAM does not interfere with antivirus (AV) programs, such as McAfee.
To the contrary, MBAM is specifically designed and tested to run alongside all of the major, popular AV programs, to provide layered protection against the sorts of threats that are often missed by the AVs.
One's primary computer protection software should always be a robust, up-to-date, real-time AV.
The protection of MBAM PRO provides additional, complementary protection.
This is further explained in the following sticky topics:
Does Malwarebytes Anti-Malware replace antivirus software?
Is the IP blocker in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO a firewall?
Some users find it helpful to set mutual exclusions between MBAM PRO and their AV.
Instructions for doing so with some of the popular AVs are listed in the FAQ section; or feel free to ask, and someone will be happy to help with that.
As far as your second question, if you are referring to MS Security Essentials, it is one of several, popular free AV products.
There are many such AVs, both free and paid.
A few of them are listed in this sticky topic by one of our forum moderators: Free Antivirus Recommendations and a search of this and other forums and websites will reveal many, similar posts and comparisons.
The "best" option for a particular computer and computer user depends on many factors.
Just a home user & forum volunteer
DT1: Win7/Ult/64 SP1; Intel Core i7-3770 @3.4 GHz; 16 GB RAM; NVidia GeForce GT620; IE9; Fx; TB; Cable HSI; MBAM PRO 18.104.22.1680; KIS2014; SAS Free; CCleaner
DT2: Win7 Ult/64 SP1; Intel Core i7-860 @2.8 GHz; 8 GB RAM; ATI Radeon HD 5770; IE 9, Fx; TB; Cable HSI; MBAM PRO 22.214.171.1240; KIS2014; SAS Free; CCleaner.
LT: Win7 Pro/64 SP1; Intel Core i7-3632 cached @3.2 GHz; 16 GB RAM; NVidia GeForce GT640M; IE 10; Fx; TB; WLAN; MBAM PRO 126.96.36.1990; Sophos ES 10.3; SAS Free; CCleaner.
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