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IObit Malware Fighter

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Malware can consist of computer viruses, adware, tracking software, and many other forms of mayhem, but what it has in common is that none of it is welcome in your computer. You should already have antivirus protection and similar safeguards, but we strongly recommend regularly scanning your PC for infections with an antimalware tool. Fortunately, you have several choices when it comes to free tools that can find and remove a wide range of threats and nuisances. IObit's Malware Fighter Free comes as a standalone download or bundled with other IObit tools. With automatic updates, a variety of system guards, and a Cloud Security option, it offers a lot in addition to its scanning capabilities.

Malware Fighter's user interface is typical of system utilities, despite its unique colors scheme and design: large fonts, rounded edges, and ads (someone has to pay; just be glad it's not you!) as well as tabs accessing the program's Overview, Scan, Protect, and Cloud features. Clicking Quarantine called up a dialog listing suspicious files (if any). The Protect page offers 8 separate guard options: Startup, Browser, Network, File, Cookie, Process, USB Disk, and Malicious Action. The Cloud Security page lets users upload their data to IObit's Cloud security site. After updating the database, we scanned our system. By default, the first scan is the program's Smart Scan, but subsequently we could choose it or Full or Custom scans. The scan took a little more than three minutes and found no malware. A full scan took much longer, though. We also ran Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, which many consider the standard in free anti-malware tools. But it found nothing that IObit's tool missed.

So which should you try? Both! Here's the thing about free malware scanners: Absolutely nothing is stopping you from downloading and running as many as you like (just not simultaneously). You have nothing to lose but your malware. Try IObit; try Malwarebytes; try the others, too, and then make a regular habit of using the ones you like best. You'll never be sorry you scanned too much.

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    3.9 stars

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    • 5 star: 929
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    • 3 star: 132
    • 2 star: 104
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  • Current version:

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great for the security toolbox."

    August 27, 2012  |   By ReigningChaos

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.3

    Pros

    I use the pro version in conjunction with Norton-360 and SuperAntiSpyware and haven't had a single issue with this set running quietly in the background.

    Cons

    There are none.

    Summary

    It's free version will convince you to fork out the $$$ for the Pro version. You literally have nothing to lose trying this other than malware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The safer choice"

    May 14, 2012  |   By otter1944

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.3

    Pros

    easy to set up various scans

    Cons

    I sometimes disagree. However, it is wonderful to have a choice.

    Summary

    Use it. It is free, and does pop up with warnings quite often. If you are a light weight tech person, you want easy. Else you will be paying some tech to fix and tell you to use these proactive tools.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "FREE VERSION OR PRO ? SEEMS TO WORK JUST FINE !"

    May 1, 2012  |   By THEUFOKID

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.3

    Pros

    pro version has real time detection. free version has some real time protection. seems to work fine and find and remove most malware and allot of cookies. it is always on the look for bad things. runs silent and effective. auto update auto scan. deep scan quick scan. will not slow system down or take much room up.easy light weight easy to function , even for novice users.

    Cons

    just like most the other products out their , do not know how well it really works for sure. NOT MUCH cons i can think of.

    Summary

    (you should give it a try) it has a free version and you can tell how well it works from that , for the most part. seems to work well on any system. easy fast download. no problems. GIVE IT A TRY NOTHING TO LOSE BUT malware lol for real !

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Product...and FREE..."

    April 28, 2012  |   By jackingtonjack

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.3

    Pros

    Everything about this,for me,is great.I have the full version and it sits quietly in the background doing its thing.
    For quite some time now I have been using this and was running it at the time with comodo internet security ( full version ) and didn't even know it was there.I had problems with Comodo which I had been running for 3 years it seemed to go in to paranoid mode and everything was blocked out even my internet connection.I managed to resolve the problem by removing Comodo from my laptop and I purchased Bullguard internet security instead.as I was online downloading my internet security IObit Malware actually kicked in and was working doing what I paid it to do and just on the strength of that I recommend using this I will go as far to say that it is worth parting with your hard earned for.

    Cons

    None that I have noticed.

    Summary

    To summarize this I will say that this this is a great little piece of software that sits quietly doing its job and leaving the user without any concerns.I have tried many different versions of malware fighters and quite a few of them were heavy and bulky and put some considerable drag on my laptop,this however,in my opinion is better than most of the others if not all.Try it out for free and if you like it then I suggest buying it and it is available now at a reduced rate and as well as securing your P.C/Laptop you can save Dollar too.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Iobit Security 360 was better."

    April 22, 2012  |   By Nicholai16

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.3

    Pros

    Detects a little bit of malware.

    Cons

    It was alot better, with all the small junk file programs there was included.

    Summary

    Iobit Malware fighter fail.

    Security 360 was alot better.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent product"

    April 10, 2012  |   By cpogold

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.3

    Pros

    I have not experienced any problems since installing IObit-Malware Fighter. Works silently in the background.

    Cons

    No problems with this software as yet.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Better than nothing, but dubious at best..."

    April 3, 2012  |   By BC_Animus

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.3

    Pros

    -Nice modern interface.
    -Automatic cloud computing technology with heuristic analyzing mechanics.
    -Light on resources.

    -Paid PRO version adds several active protection features, including Startup, Network, Process, Cookie, USB, and more.

    Cons

    -Dubious database with a lot of false positives.
    -Slow database updating.
    -Effectiveness of the cloud is unknown.

    -Paid PRO active protection is also affected by the false positives, can block vital processes causing system errors and crashes.

    Summary

    Of course any protection is better than no protection, but I have used this on and off since beta, and I have had nothing but problems with it.

    With so many other alternatives out there, you might be better off looking elsewhere for your protection.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great-recommend it"

    April 1, 2012  |   By travis41

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.3

    Pros

    My PC had a dash of slowness even AFTER running M/Byts,SuperAntiSpyware & Spybot,went 2 CNET & found recomendations 4 Iobit M/F were great,sooo tried it.Ha! three backdoor City of Troy critters were found & unlike Troy, we burned 'em.Back up 2 speed. Travis

    Cons

    nary a 1-nada-zero

    Summary

    Only used it 5 times thus far,will update u in near future.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Gives Added Peace of Mind"

    March 23, 2012  |   By TonyBeGoode

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.3

    Pros

    Runs in real time (rare for freeware); doesn't conflict with my other security programs; Network guard seems particularly effective & is one of the main reasons I'm re-installing it; it's free and you can't have too much protection these days. Also, it's fairly light on system resources.

    Cons

    Scans don't seem to be particularly deep-it doesn't catch as much stuff as my other programs (although, it'll catch adware in real-time,as opposed to having to scan for it); occasional false positives; could update more frequently; I'm still a little nebulous about the efficacy of it's "Cloud-based protection" without knowing more about how it works.

    Summary

    I've used this program in the past and found it to be fairly lightweight, rather more like anti-spyware than anti-malware, so I'm not uninstalling Malwarebytes anytime soon. As I recall, I dropped it when I was going through a "data-mining paranoia" phase, as you really can't tell what kinds of data it's uploading, but that's true of many programs and often it's ultimately beneficial to the end-user. That having been said, what I really like about this program is the above-mentioned Network Guard, which works as well as Threatfire's, sometimes even better, it's light hit on resources (I can imagine a rockin' mobile version), and the way it plays extremely well with my other programs (for example it's Startup Guard doesn't interfere with Spybot S&D's similar feature, etc.).For those curious, I'm currently running Avast free, MBAM, Threatfire (level 4), Comodo Firewall (proactive mode), & a couple of anti-spyware programs on my 2 Windows 7, 64 bit, SP1 systems. As security programs go, Iobit Malware Fighter 1.3 isn't a heavy hitter and there's certainly room for improvement, but it provides a nice extra layer of protection without a lot of hassel.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works out of the box as it says on the box!"

    March 20, 2012  |   By CAHelmer

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.3

    Pros

    Running alongside virus etc. scanner - no interference detected.

    Cons

    nothing found, oh, yes, my virus scanner doesn't like the download server at URL: http://www.freenew.net/windows/smart-defrag-2-2/68806.htm; Category/categories: Computer crime ...

    Summary

    Great Suite of products

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