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  • 5.0 stars

    "Five ***** Stars for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware!"

    February 4, 2012  |   By compuable

    Pros

    I have used the Malwarebytes "Pro version" very successfully (but the freeware version is sufficient). The program works really wonderfully and has served me well for a while now. I actually test freeware programs as a hobby on the side; and I probably download and install around a dozen or so of new full applications and/or utility programs to test out each month so I have to be careful. I first tried using Malwarebytes freeware version and afterwards I upgraded to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware pro. It consequently caught about 10-15 or so 'baddies' while I was trying to test the new freeware programs onto my computer as well as immediately warning me while I was in the process of downloading the installation .exe files for the new programs.

    Cons

    No cons at all, really. The only thing I can think of is that the "full scans" (which test your entire system); can take a very long time in order to entirely run its course; therefore if you choose the "Perform Full Scan" option I would strongly suggest you run it overnight; and without any other programs running in order to get the most out of it.

    Summary

    Another nice thing is that it detects many remote and 'seemingly innocuous' Adware programs that many other anti-malware programs miss. It then lists them and offers a 'right-click' link option which leads to a more thorough explanation of what they are, what they do as well as describing how dangerous (or docile) they are and then offers the option to remove them or not to.As for the Malwarebytes "Pro version" cost I believe it ran me around 25 dollars (US) but it was well worth it.

    Although I'm always looking for freeware alternatives to shareware programs; in this case I didn't really mind ponying up for the Malwarebytes "Pro version" version, in order to support the programs development and updates. One of the great things about it is that it updates every single day, runs quietly in the background and it thus far has not interfered with any of my other anti-malware/antivirus/firewall programs; but by far, the best thing about it is that you only have to pay for it ONCE and it is yours to KEEP! (and the updates and support offered are 'perpetual' which is always a good thing).


    Important Side Note: If you decide to try it out I would strongly suggest reading the helpful installation and program use step-by-step post listed at the following link:

    Using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware [authored by MajorGeeks Support Forum Admin chaslang]

    Good Luck!

    COMP

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