September 11, 2015 - LastPass is investigating a follow up incident from a breach in August that involves customer’s information.
It's the $64,000 question. The ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. (And no, the answer isn't 42.) Whenever someone begins their search for online security, they ultimately discover there are two major types of protection: antivirus and anti-malware. Which leads them to the inevitable query:
What's the difference between antivirus and anti-malware?
Unfortunately we can't stop there because it's a little more complicated than that. Viruses are considered to be legacy threats. By this we mean: they've been around for a while and haven't changed all that much. They aren't used very often by today's cybercriminals, which is why many antivirus companies have evolved to fight more than "just" viruses. This can include infectious malware like worms, web threats like keyloggers, or concealment malware, such as rootkits.
So why do antivirus companies still call themselves antivirus? Since viruses made headlines in the 90s, security companies focused their efforts on fighting them. Thus the term antivirus was born. It all boils down to marketing. Most people are familiar with computer viruses and what they do. Not a lot of people know what malware is.
Antivirus usually deals with the older, more established threats, such as Trojans, viruses, and worms. Anti-malware, by contrast, typically focuses on newer stuff, such as polymorphic malware and malware delivered by zero-day exploits. Antivirus protects users from lingering, predictable-yet-still-dangerous malware. Anti-malware protects users from the latest, currently in the wild, and even more dangerous threats. In addition, anti-malware typically updates its rules faster than antivirus, meaning that it's the best protection against new malware you might encounter while surfing the net. By contrast, antivirus is best at crushing malware you might contract from a traditional source, like a USB or an email attachment.
If antivirus and anti-malware were dances, antivirus would be the waltz and anti-malware would be hip-hop.
A few years ago we would have said: “Your best bet is to use an antivirus program to catch the classic threats and an anti-malware program, like Malwarebytes Premium, for the newer, more advanced dangers.” While this is still true to some degree, we have implemented several other modules into our product since then, including real-time ransomware protection, anti-exploit technology, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. And even though our product remains compatible with antivirus software, we're confident that if you can’t afford to use both, Malwarebytes Premium is your best choice.
On modern machines you needn’t worry about the impact of running two real-time scanners at the same time—our anti-malware software is lightweight, easy-to-run, and still designed to work alongside antivirus.
So there you have it. Your questions have all been answered. You may now be at peace…
…until you wonder how to remove malware from your already-infected PC. Don't worry, young grasshopper. We have an answer for that. In fact, we have it on good authority that we are the most effective malware remover out there.