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Hello how are you today. There is a way to test your antivirus. It is a simple test, but keep in mind the best thing you can do is make sure your anti-virus definitions are updated daily. Give me a moment to type the steps to test your anti-virus.
The easiest way is to make a quick file with notepad, and input a line of code into it that mimics coding of an actual virus. If you open up notepad, paste the following into it
Save the file. Sometimes it will be detected immediately, or you can scan the file manually. If it is not detected, rename the file from .txt, to .bat
Please let me know if you need any further assistance testing your anti-virus, I will be happy to help! If I was helpful to you, please rate my assistance!
The problem with viruses and protection is they are consistently evolving. That is the reason the anti-virus companies release definitions nearly every day. Once a virus is detected, the people or group who make the virus can make one small change, and the virus is again undetectable. Is Symantec not updating it's definitions at all?
In my personal experience, malware bytes (MBAM) has been more successful overall at finding both viruses and malware. However, the best prevention is intelligent computing. Don't download files unless you get them from a reputable website, be very cautious of links sent through email or social media, make sure anything you download has high ratings or is directly from a company that publishes the file. Symantec has an all around solution, but Malware Bytes seems to be better at specifically detecting viruses. As long as you aren't experiencing performance issues, it is alright to have them both running. Did you try the test I provided above and did Symantec detect it?
The last I remember (it is updated frequently), unless you pay for MBAM, it requires manual scanning to detect viruses/malware. That is their perk for paying -- active scanning. It is still an extremely useful tool, I have used it for many years and I agree with your findings. It definitely detects things other virus scanners don't. They also have another piece of software, Malwarebytes Anti-rootkit, that I have also had success with. Additionally, they offer enterprise level solutions to system hardening --
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The reason it says to use the rootkits program at your own risk is because as you mentioned, rootkits dig in deeper into the OS, in drivers, in boot records, or other places that make it possible for the computer to no longer boot up when the rootkit is removed. I've never used Webroot, but if it's border lining on nagware, I'd remove it personally. Avira is a highly rated antivirus, but I thought it was getting a little "naggy". If you are ever forced to run a program you aren't sure of, the safest way would be either in a virtual machine, or using a program called sandboxie. There are some viruses that can tell they are being ran that way, and will react a certain way under those conditions (masking themselves), but they are somewhat rare.