IObit Malware Fighter

IObit Malware Fighter

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 2091 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.6 (1105)
  • Total Downloads:
    14,026,836
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 21, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    27.31MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    50,725
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #3 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

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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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1 stars

"MALWARE! Download at your own peril."

January 08, 2013  |  By israyfan

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.6 (1105)

Pros

With previous versions, you could uncheck the install Iobit toolbar option during download. With the newest update, however, you don't get that opportunity.

Cons

Everything. I've spent the last three days trying to scrub my computer of the Spigot Yahoo toolbar hijack that is attached to the free Malware fighter update. What a joke. I'm still working on it with help from people who know more about this stuff than I do. If you download this software, you're a fool.

Summary

Forget it -- you'll lose half your life trying to clean your computer of the malware that is attached. CNET should be ashamed for recommending this software.

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1 stars

"As bad as Adware!"

January 04, 2013  |  By crystal0708

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.6 (1105)

Pros

It's free.

Cons

Changes search and home page in all browsers and adds a tool bar without notifying you or asking first. The download didn't have an option for custom install.

Summary

There are better free malware programs that don't hijack your browser.

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1 stars

"Has Malware In It."

December 16, 2012  |  By Several9920

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.6 (1105)

Pros

It's free and it worked for a few months.

Cons

This software has malware in it.

Summary

I first installed IOBIT Malware Fighter around August this past summer, and i was pleased with it up until recently. I don't know what happened but i was doing a scan Friday, and my Avast Anti virus went off and found Win:32 Malware-gen. I went ahead and let IOBIT finish scanning but quickly removed it from my computer once the scan stopped. Not sure what's going on but, after i uninstalled IOBIT my computer is running much faster now. I think i'm going to just keep Avast installed for right now and leave all these other software's a lone. I may give MalwareBytes another try, But Spyware Terminator, Superantispyware, Arovax Antispyware, SpyBot Search & Destroy, and now IOBIT have all turned out to be useless.

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2 stars

"Just stay away"

December 16, 2012  |  By newellhome

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.6 (1105)

Pros

user friendly

Cons

Far to many false positives
Slow
Believed to be the root of two major computer crashes.

Summary

When I first got this software I thought it was wonderful. I kept it updated ran it regularly etc. I like the free version so much that I purchased the pro version. With in 6 months my computer crashed. I was not able to save any of my personal data at all.

Purchased a new computer and transferred my license and had the same thing happen with in 6 months again. This time however I was backing up all my logs from the software and when I went in to my tech with the second computer and the logs I was very upset at what he found. Again nothing on the computer was able to be saved. What he explained to me was that the software was slowly deleting my system files and it looked like it had hijacked some of them causing the failure. The root directory clean up is where the trouble started and it just got worse from there.

Since both were laptops it was much less expensive to replace the entire unit than to replace the hard drive and in the case of the second one the motherboard as well.

I learned my lesson and will not use this product again.

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1 stars

"500+ hits by competitor after scanned by IOBIT"

December 11, 2012  |  By mijoh789

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.6 (1105)

Pros

1. Free
2. Takes up space if you have space to waste.

Cons

Does not work. Allowed more than 500 hijackers, cookies, trojans and problems hit my pc even though it was turned on. Deep scans did not find the problems. Uninstalled, ran a competitors program and bingo...one scan cleaned it up.

Summary

Dont waster the computer space.

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1 stars

"This is Malware - It puts advertising on your computer."

December 10, 2012  |  By woollgar

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.6 (1105)

Pros

Seems to help clean up your system

Cons

Expect to get random pop ups on your computer (not just in your browser - these are system commands)

Summary

Run, Run, RUN AWAY!!!

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1 stars

"Slowed my PC"

December 10, 2012  |  By blasian13

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.6 (1105)

Pros

Great all in one convenience to increase PC performance from features, settings to real time functions

Cons

I used it for several months and during that time my computer was processing every function slow. The moment I deleted this program my computer the speed increase back to normal.

Summary

I'm using Windows XP. I'm not sure why it slowed up my computer but it was not worth being installed the whole time. I regret not deleting the program sooner not knowing it was causing sluggish performance. I cant explain what caused this program to slow my PC. maybe because Im running Avast as well or my PC is old...not sure

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5 stars

"Works better than expected"

December 06, 2012  |  By bobby bee

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.6 (1105)

Pros

Gets 100% of malware, not just some of them

Cons

Deep Scan takes a long time

Summary

Completely Happy for a freeware product

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4 stars

"Good free standalone backup for your main security."

December 02, 2012  |  By puppypaws1

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.6 (1105)

Pros

Simple, free, with no hassle!

Cons

None, you are not paying for anything you are not getting.

Summary

I will continue its use on all computers I own.

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5 stars

"Great product!"

November 30, 2012  |  By lance444

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter 1.6 (1105)

Pros

I use it alongside my Anti-virus and oftentimes IObit warns me about programs that are trying to modify my registry, specially when I download and install new programs.

Catches a few spyware and malware too.

Cons

Not all real-time protection are on and updates are not automatic but I guess that what you get for using a free version so it's not really a con. I hope IObit makes everything free though like some free anti-viruses & anti-spywares out there. :)

Summary

I like keeping IObit Anti-malware in my PC as a back-up for my anti-virus. Oftentimes IObit detects modifications on my registry faster than my anti-virus, which is good. I hope IObit makes a full version for free too.

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Full Specifications

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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
General
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
Release Date November 05, 2012
Date Added November 21, 2012
Version 1.6 (1105)
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 27.31MB
File Name IObit-Malware-Fighter-Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 14,026,836
Downloads Last Week 50,725
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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