IObit Malware Fighter

IObit Malware Fighter

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    1.6 (1105)
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  • Date Added:
    November 21, 2012
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  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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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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"CNET should be ashamed of this review"

October 17, 2014  |  By 00sweeney

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter


Buys ads that help to pay CNET writers.


Most people aren't CNET writers.

Also gets abysmal scores on malware detection, the testing of which CNET admitted they didn't do. They just ran scans and looked at speed and false positives. Not accuracy and positive positives.

Fast and pretty is great for race cars and first dates but it's lousy for anti-malware software. Stunning to me that CNET would post a review without doing the most rudimentary testing.


I can't believe that as recently as a couple of years ago CNET seemed like a legitimate source for software reviews. But it seems they've chosen to trade short-term advertising profits for long-term credibility. I can think of no other reason why you'd review anti-malware software AND give it 4 stars without bothering to test it to see if it actually detects malware attacks. Seriously? Because PCMag did, and it got the absolute worst score they've ever seen. Other sites had similar dismal opinions. Now, perhaps we could quibble about methodology--but not when the extent of your testing is looking for the kind of false positives you admit yourself are common (and therefore obvious for a company to address) and whether or not the scan is quick. Because when it comes to security, we don't care if it's good, we want it quick. What? Please, go ahead and read the review again, and count how many sentences are devoted to the actual functionality of the software, and whether it works or not. Now ask yourself if you want to base your decision on your security software on whether the interface is "eye-popping."

And, finally--take a look at some of the five star reviews. Does it seem like these people know a lot about their computers, or does it seem like they just like the way it looks and that it's easy to use? Now, admittedly all perception is subjective, but when I read the reviews, the more the writer seems to know about computers, the less they like the program. But some of the negative reviews bear repeating--first and foremost, just Google IObit and Spigot. Do you want to use anti-malware software from a company that bundles malware with their product? Really? Why would you do that? Why is that a good thing?

Look, the only reason you're even thinking about downloading this is because it's cheap, or free, and you've read some good reviews--most of which, I will insist are either fake reviews or were written by people who don't have a very educated opinion. Dig a little deeper. Find the reviews written by pros who aren't writing for a hack site like CNET which bundles adware toolbars with all downloads anyway, so their cup of credibility isn't exactly overflowing. Look around. There are PLENTY of reviews of this software by respected sites that will tell you just how bad this software is. The sites that actually TESTED the software.

Man. I could just go on and on. I've had my beefs with CNET before, but to recommend an anti-malware product that they didn't test--it just boggles my mind. CNET, there are some foolish--but otherwise very nice--people who trust you and come to you for advice. The idea that you think a few advertising dollars is more important than the security of their computers is just breathtaking--and not in the cool, Grand Canyon at sunset kind of way--even to a cynic like me.

Finally--Google IObit and ethics, as another reviewer suggested. In case you need a reason other than the fact that it doesn't work not to buy it.

Updated on Oct 17, 2014

Oh, I almost forgot the real reason I came here. To complain about the fact that this program, which is also a module of Advanced SystemCare Pro--which I actually like--installed itself yesterday and started running at startup without my permission.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.6 (1105)
Verasion 1.6
  • Updated Installer (Removed the Toolbar)
  • Improved Support for Windows 8
  • Improved the Updater
  • Improved User Interface
  • Updated Language Files
  • Fixed General Bugs
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site
Release Date November 05, 2012
Date Added November 21, 2012
Version 1.6 (1105)
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 31.29MB
File Name IObit-Malware-Fighter-Setup.exe
Total Downloads 13,061,726
Downloads Last Week 27,992
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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