Computer Security & Viruses/malware

Advertisement


Question
How often is a program like malwarebytes overly sensitive and picks up objects that are actually not at all threatening?

Answer
Hi James

While I can't give you exact figures, anti-malware programs do a very good job at separating the bad from the not-so-bad.  According to Malwarebytes:

"There may be an occasion when the file(s) Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects are not actually malicious.  This is known as a false positive.  While Malwarebytes aims for perfection, the unfortunate reality is that no product can be perfect, however we do try to prevent these false positives from becoming commonplace."

Additionally, Potentially Unwanted Programs or PUPs are detected more often now so that the user can decide whether or not the program or file is worth the risk to keep.  Again, from Malwarebytes:

"Malwarebytes feels most of our users have no knowledge that these PUPs were installed and would like them removed. Several thousand forum posts and support tickets confirm our standpoint. Ranging from difficult to uninstall applications to software that makes you opt-out, we’ve had enough of it all!"

Hope that helps answer your question.  Cheers!

Brian

Computer Security & Viruses

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Brian Benosky

Expertise

I will help you in eradicating malware and all forms of virus/trojans/adware. I can answer all PC-related hardware issues. I can also troubleshoot Windows OS errors (all versions) and other software problems. HijackThis logs are a MUST for virus related help. If you do not know how to do this, I have posted easy-to-follow instructions on the Ask a Question page. Every computer infection is different, so I will give you personal instructions on how to remove the malware, not a 'pat' answer. You can be assured of a prompt, polite, and knowledgeable response in all regards.

Experience

I have over 25 years experience in using, building, and repairing computers. I have helped over two thousand people here on AllExperts, with consistent Top Feedback Scores. Please look at my answers here: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Computer-Security-Viruses-1737/indexExp_84308.htm I am also a Top Contributor of General Computing answers in Yahoo! Questions.

Education/Credentials
College Educated Self-taught Computer Skills

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.