8 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2011 1:20 PM by spc3rd RSS

    Malwarebytes vs McAfee's Stinger...


      Is there any advantage to using McAfee's Stinger program versus using Malwarebytes when you have been infected with malware?

        • 1. Re: Malwarebytes vs McAfee's Stinger...

          They are two totally diifferent entities.  Malwarebytes is designed as a wide-ranging anti-malware application but isn't too good at fighting the many viruses that McAfee VirusScan is good for and Stinger is really a very specialised VirusScan and is designed for specific infections.  The description of it is HERE.   There are also 3 types of Stinger as described in that section HERE.


          McAfee has also developed a new tool called GetSusp to help fight malware.


          You have to go to the GetSusp Group to get the latest version and apparently they are now having a lot of success especially with all these new and prolific fake anti-malware threats.




          Membership is not required.  You can also find support for it in that group and provide feedback.  The actual download is available HERE.


          Whereas Stinger and GetSusp are downloadable when needed they do not update from within the user interface, so can be out of date fairly quickly.  Therefore they should only be downloaded when needed and then uninstalled afterwards.


          Malwarebytes is a good tool to keep installed as a supplementary weapon against infection as it can be updated manually plus has other advantages such as the ability to be run and even updated in 'Safe Mode with Networking'.  However, I recommend only using the free version.


          Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 04/05/11 1:32:56 EDT PM
          • 2. Re: Malwarebytes vs McAfee's Stinger...

            Thanks very much for your time and info Peter!

            • 3. Re: Malwarebytes vs McAfee's Stinger...

              You're welcome. ;-)

              • 4. Re: Malwarebytes vs McAfee's Stinger...

                Hi again Peter,


                     Didn't expect to have a question again so soon, but I neglected to ask a question previously to which I haven't been able to find specific info on.


                I have frequently heard (including from your recommendations), that computer users should avoid having both an AV program (e.g. McAfee, Norton, etc) which runs in real-time scanning mode AND an anti-malware program, such as, Malwarebytes (the PRO version) which also runs in real-time scanning mode.


                Could you please enlighten me as to what problems arise when running two such programs concurrently?


                Once again...thanks very much for any information!

                • 5. Re: Malwarebytes vs McAfee's Stinger...

                  I can't tell you technically as I don't know but there is a risk that their engines might interfere with each other and by doing do actually allow malware in.


                  I'm not saying it will happen with Malwarebytes but it certainly would with another antivirus engine.

                  • 6. Re: Malwarebytes vs McAfee's Stinger...

                    They will most likely cause Lockups,


                    Once next years version of McAfee comes back with Trusted items list, you will be able to add exceptions to both McAfee and Malwarebytes.


                    Which will not cause Lockups, and such.

                    • 7. Re: Malwarebytes vs McAfee's Stinger...

                      As always Peter...I appreciate your enlightening me on the issue I inquired about!


                      Message was edited by: spc3rd on 5/10/11 3:21:36 PM ADT
                      • 8. Re: Malwarebytes vs McAfee's Stinger...

                        Thanks very much for the additional Conor!  Perhaps in the not-too-distant future, McAfee and some of the anti-malware developers out there will be able to develop an interactive protocol which will greatly improve the ability of AV programs to work concurrently with anti-malware software and thus more thoroughly impede the way malware infects user's computers!