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Why Pay For Malware Protection?

Monday, June 5th, 2017 by | Filed Under: I've Always Wanted To Know..., Security Help

In the wake of all the ransomware and phishing attacks that seem to be hitting everyone from home users to the highest levels of government, I’ ve had a lot of questions about malware protection, especially the differences between paid and free protection.


We always suggest having both an anti-virus and malware protection on your PC. Why? Well, they work slightly differently and help protect your system against different kinds of threats.  Anti-virus typically protects viruses which are a specific kind of program which focuses on replicating and spreading to other PCs. Malware protection helps fight adware, spyware, ransomware and all sorts of troublemakers.  You need to make sure your system is safe from all of these threats.

There are several good free malware programs out there. Our favorite is Malware Bytes. There’s also a paid version of Malware Bytes. So what’s the difference?  When you have the paid version, Malware Bytes stops the bad stuff before it gets onto your PC because it watches for it real time. With the free version, it cleans it up after it’s already on your PC and has had the chance to do damage. That’s a real problem if you’re dealing with something like ransomware. Once that gets onto your PC, it’s toast.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “Why Pay For Malware Protection?”

  1. Jadesqr says:

    Hey Cynthia, Excellent advise…have used Malwarebytes paid subscription for years.

  2. Markj says:

    I have used the free version of MalwareBytes for many years even though the paid security software I have protects against viruses and other types of malware.

    However it is very “bad form” for you to recommend software that is advertised in the same copy of the newsletter.

    BTW spyware, ransomware, trojans, and viruses and others are all types of malware. Some security software only protects against viruses, some only does spyware, somr do viruses and spyware, and some does all or almost all types.

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