Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has evolved over the years from a tool that defied categorization – not really anti-virus, not really anti-spyware, but still catching things that other tools did not – to a full-featured anti-malware package.
What’s important is that it continues to have a very good track record of removing troublesome malware that other packages sometimes miss.
Viruses and spyware and other forms of malicious software are all taking on each others characteristics to the point where the distinction between them is not only difficult to characterize, but ultimately not useful. Hence the term malware, to refer to all forms of malicious software, and the migration of security software targeted at a particular class of threat in to more all-encompassing anti-malware tools.
If you’re running a version of Windows prior to Windows 8, you’ll want to download and install Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).
There are also dedicated hardware appliances that act only as firewalls, and there is software that can be installed on PCs to act as a firewall as well.
Conversely, copying data from your computer or device to an internet server is considered an download.
Windows Defender comes pre-installed in recent versions of Windows. exactly what you want from your anti-malware Anti-malware tools are tools that attempt to prevent, detect, and remove, all types of malware.
A virus is a computer program written by someone, with the presumed intent of spreading and causing grief.
Like a human virus, a virus makes the infected computer “sick”: it causes poor performance, crashes, lost files and data, or more.