One piece of software we have long-relied on in the fight against malware and other nasties is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware! The free version allows you to scan for malware, spyware and rootkits whenever you want and is kept up to date automatically. Use this alongside your existing antivirus software, to protect your computer from things that traditional antivirus packages can miss.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is the first tool we use on a client's computer that we think might be infected with any of these bugs. Only after that do we run an antivirus scan. This is because the type of malware picked up by Malwarebytes can often re-infect your computer, even if detected by an antivirus (which is often disabled by such programs. Therefore, we remove any replicating, self-propagating malware, before runnning the antivirus scan.
By installing this free software for yourself and running regular scans, you can protect your computer from many of the nasties that may have wormed their way into it. The free version is reactive however and doesn't stop malware, spyware, ransomware and rootkits getting onto your computer, if they get past your antivirus.
If you are running a modern, updated version of Windows - 10, 8.1, 8 or 7 and you don't visit dodgy websites, or open emails from people you don't know, you should be perfectly OK with a standard antivirus/Internet Security suite and the free version of Malwarebytes.
On the other hand, if you tend to visit suspect websites, download software/files from torrents or other file sharing sites, run Windows XP or Vista (no longer updated with security patches by Microsoft), or just want an added layer of security, there is a Premium version of Malwarebytes.
Malwarebytes 3 Premium
Malwarebytes 3 is the first of its kind for home users, employing four independent technology modules - anti-malware, anti-ransomware, anti-exploit, and malicious website protection - to block and remove both known and unknown threats.
Protects you from advanced threats
Detects and removes malware in real-time with advanced anti-malware, anti-spyware, and anti-rootkit technology. Scans for the newest and most dangerous threats automatically, so you’re protected without having to even think about it.
Protects your files from being locked and held for ransom
Stops unknown and known ransomware with proprietary next-gen technology that works pro-actively to shield your files. This is a powerful, comprehensive defence that blocks ransomware, and not a simple decryption tool. So you’re protected from tomorrow’s “Ransomware Attack!” headlines today.
Prevents your programs from being used against you
Wraps your browser and software programs in four layers of defence, stopping attacks that use vulnerabilities in those programs to infect your computer.
Protects you from fake and infected websites
Detects and prevents contact with fake websites and malicious links. You are pro-actively protected from downloading malware, hacking attempts, and infected advertising. Worried about wandering into a “bad” Internet neighbourhood? Now you don’t have to be.
Scans faster, scans smarter
Lightning-fast Hyper Scan mode targets only the threats that are currently active. Faster analysis. Still gets results. Run a scan in the background while you boot up your favourite game. It's done by the time you're ready to play.