Is it ok to have Malwarebytes and Norton Internet Security 2011 on my computer together?

I want to make sure that my computer is fully protected but I don’t know if Malwarebytes and Norton Internet Security 2011 will see each other as “enemies” if installed.
Also what do you suggest is the best computer safety combo out there? i.e. which free programs I can combine to keep my computer safe > ex.) malwarebytes & avast (?)

5 replies
  1. Belgariad says:

    The 2 programs won’t interfere with each other. When it comes to hunting for malware, malwarebytes is the best so keep it on your computer.

  2. Sandy says:

    I use norton internet security 2011.Also have ccleaner installed.Go to and install ccleaner also.I had all kinds of problems with other software this what i use.

  3. Xmetalfanx says:

    They shouldn’t interfere which each other, but i do not use Norton, so I can not say for sure … Malwarebytes is pretty good at “playing nice” with antiivruses.

    I would advise changing from Norton (I hope you didn’t waste money on it and are just using a Norton Trial). Although Microsoft Security Essentials is fairly good, there are two better options .. Avast and/or Avira .. .both have GREAT detection “ratings” (some sites like the interface for Avast better so they rate it higher)… and both (this I DO HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH) play nice with Malwarebytes and even SuperAntispyware (one of the few “non-Malwarebytes” malware scanner I recommend)


  4. Captain Caveman says:

    Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is just what it says, an anti-malware scanner. It is intended to supplement an anti-virus program, not replace it.

    The full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Pro) includes a real-time Protection Module- that uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and the ability to schedule updates.- This technology runs at startup where it monitors every process and helps stop malicious processes before they can infect your computer. The database that defines the heuristics is updated as often as there is something to add to it. Keep in mind that Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like an anti-virus program so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. Those who purchase the full version receive a license key via email which includes a lifetime of free upgrades and support. For corporate and business customers, annual licenses are required. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as it utilizes few system resources and should not conflict with other scanners or anti-virus programs. If you choose the free version, you can just use it as a stand-alone scanner, however, Malwarebytes’ service (mbamservice.exe) will still show in Task Manager which is normal.

    If using the Pro version of Mbam add these exclusions to Norton

    Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal “one size fits all” solution that works for everyone and there is no best anti-virus. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs.

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