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Old 09-01-2010, 08:55 AM   #1
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A year or so ago I had a paid subscription of AVG. When I had a bad pc virus that had slipped by AVG, the technician used Malwarebytes to get rid of the problem, which it did. Since then I am using the free version of Malwarebytes. Then came Microsoft Security Essentials. I added it. I use both of these and have had no problems. I am just wondering if it is necessary to have both; or which of the two is better. Your help is appreciated.

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i would keep using both

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oscer1, thanks for the advice.
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Malwarebytes is an on demand malware removal tool, whereas security essentials is always running and checking things on the computer. You typically only need to run malwarebytes when you suspect there's an issue and security essentials is always running and should prevent most issues from ever getting on your system....not necessarily ALL, but most.
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I'd continue using both. if there are no compatibility issues, then there's no reason to avoid the added security. I use Spybot S&D and Tend Micro Internet Security (used to have AVG, but it was causing problems on my PC, so I switched) I used to use Ad-Aware, too, but I never ended up using it, so it was just a waste of space. NO malware/virus removal tool is 100% so using more can only help.

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