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Conflict with Malawarebytes and Spywareblaster

After contacting McAfee techs for problems I was experiencing  with my Total Protection, I was told that due to recent updates to the VirusScan (build 11.0.623) and Security Center (build 15.0.294),  Malwarebytes and Spywareblaster are no longer compatible with McAfee. I was instructed to uninstall these programs as they will conflict with Total Protection. I only used Malwarebytes as an on demand scanner (not actively running) and Spywareblaster is a passive protection program.

This is a surprise to me as multiple sources indicate that there is NO conflict with these two programs. In fact, there are multiple postings on this forum that indicate that there is no such conflict. I have run both of those programs for years without any conflict at all. What's changed, or are the McAfee techs incorrect in their information? Both of the other software groups say they are not aware of any conflicts.

I am looking for definitve answers as to whether running Malwarebytes as an on demand scanner only or Spywareblaster will in fact conflict with Total Protection contrary to every piece of infomation I have seen to date.

Thanks to whomever can assist me in trying to get this answer.

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exbrit
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Re: Conflict with Malawarebytes and Spywareblaster

Malwarebytes Pro can cause issues and when McAfee installs it will balk if it detects even the free version, but I have both the free MBAM and SpywareBlaster installed and have had no problems.

The technician may be saying that because the installer will balk if it detects quite a large array of would-be rival software.  MBAM free and SB are not really rivals though as they work in a totally different manner.

If the installer asks for their removal then do so and reinstall them afterwards.

I list some here under 3rd Party Tools halfway down this page:  https://community.mcafee.com/docs/DOC-2168

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 14/11/11 5:48:13 EST PM

Re: Conflict with Malawarebytes and Spywareblaster

Thanks ExBrit. I'm going to put MBAM and Spywareblaster back on the computer. I think the tech was incorrect in this conflict info, unless something truly was changed in this last build update (doubtful). I'll monitor this thread for a few days and see if anybody else is having any problems, but I just think I got some bad info from the tech.

Thanks again.

exbrit
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Re: Conflict with Malawarebytes and Spywareblaster

Ok, good luck.