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Malwarebytes working alongside ESET Antivirus

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I have Windows Vista with ESET NOD32 Antivirus and Antispyware. I remember, painfully, the day I first tried to install ESET. I did not realize I had a trial version of Norton Antivirus on my computer and as I began to install ESET, the two antivirus programs clashed and froze my computer, which couldn't even turn off. I had to take it to the computer store to be restored.

Since, I've been very happy with ESET until a few days ago.. When an ex of mine successfully hacked his way into my computer. He could read my IM conversations, makes my icons disappear, play with my mouse, and open/close my disk tray. It was all very startling. Although he promised to have removed the program from my computer, I remain paranoid and upset at ESET for not catching this issue.

A computer savvy friend of mine was also hacked. Using Malwarebytes, he was able to get rid of the malware successfully. I wish to do the same, but I am so afraid that the two programs will clash, loosing everything.

I looked through this topic:

but I wasn't sure how to exclude these files [MBAM files] from ESET. Or if I have to. Or if it will work at all.

Is it a bad idea for me to download this program with ESET here?


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Hello and Welcome...

In short ESET and Malwarebytes can be used together on a computer, to prevent any conflicts you can just add exceptions to your ESET for Malwarebytes..... Below you will find the files that need to be excluded....

Please exclude the following files from your antivirus:

Note: If using a software firewall besides the built in Windows Firewall you'll need to exclude them from it as well

For Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamservice.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\zlib.dll
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.dll
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamext.dll
  • C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\rules.ref
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\mbam.sys
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys

For 64 bit versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamservice.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\zlib.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamext.dll
  • C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\rules.ref
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\mbam.sys
  • C:\Windows\SysWoW64\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys

Note: If using a software firewall besides the built in Windows Firewall you'll need to exclude MBAM.EXE from it as well

Note: Once that's done, please make sure that if either of those programs has any sort of web filter, that you add the following as a trusted site:

The FAQ contains examples of setting file exclusions for some known AV products

Please post back and let us know how it went.

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If you read the section above that says For Windows Vista or Windows 7:, it does apply to 32 bit systems.

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