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IObit Malware Fighter

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IObit's latest version release brings Malware Fighter to 2.0 and showcases a much more eye-popping design that is more consistent with the modern look and feel of Windows 8.

You'll be greeted with four basic options: Scan, Protect, Update, and Action Center. Since version 1.7, IObit's latest design feels much cleaner and certainly more intuitive for the average user. The original overview graph that the previous version opened with is now tucked away.

Previously included features like cloud scanning and quarantine lists are still present, but reside in a more modernized settings panel to the right, labeled by monochromatic icons. Scanning settings and options exist as on/off switches, similar to those in Windows 8. Make no mistake: Version 2.0 is undoubtedly developed for touch screens.

Though this version is free, that also means it's ad supported. However, IObit has opted to remove all the extraneous social-sharing options, with the exception of a Like button on the bottom right; again, we've never used it but if you're really into it, then the option is there.

We ran a full scan to first test for any bogus claims of "threats" that come from detecting the usual temp files cached by your browser, as well as other common false alerts. IObit came out clean, which was a good sign. Scan speeds were also respectable given the state of our file system. You can also set custom scans and isolate Malware Fighter to look for threats just within your memory processes or select drives.

One minor issue we had with Malware Fighter was that it classifies the absence of Advanced SystemCare and Smart Defrag as "problems." There's no option to clear out these warnings, and choosing to fix them results in an automatic download and installation of IObit's other product offerings.

Compared to its previous version, IObit Version 2.0 is a step in the right direction despite its questionable labeling of ASC and Smart Defrag. But if you're looking for an easy-to-use, lightweight malware scanner, then Malware Fighter does the job.

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  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 2,035 votes

    • 5 star: 929
    • 4 star: 613
    • 3 star: 132
    • 2 star: 104
    • 1 star: 257
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Scamware, no process-protection."

    August 14, 2013  |   By Son_of_Earth

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 2.0.1.8

    Pros

    Claims to protect your system.

    Cons

    No process-protection in the free version, its pure junk without it.

    Summary

    I thought I got myself a good one until I saw the process protection was off in the free version and displays you're unprotected in systray to make you buy their scamware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Product - great service"

    August 5, 2013  |   By ChrisSUK2000

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 2.0.1.8

    Pros

    Works well for me and has successfully sorted out a number of issues, plus received outstanding service over a misunderstanding over licence issues. All sorted to my full satisfaction

    Cons

    None really, although I feel the licence should cover more than 1 PC as do similar products from same supplier, otherwise it could get a bit pricey if like my household there are two desktop PCs and a laptop.

    Summary

    Well worth considering

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A great program that keeps an eye on cyber nasties"

    August 1, 2013  |   By Madbirdy

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 2.0.1.8

    Pros

    I am so glad I found IObit Malware Fighter recommended in my PC Mag, Computer Active. Its easy to use and once you have set it then you can relax.The staff also are more than helpful, unlike some so called help sites.

    Cons

    I really cant think of any,it does what it says it will.

    Summary

    Can I suggest you try it then go ahead and buy it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product - excellent service!"

    July 31, 2013  |   By ogilvievt

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 2.0.1.8

    Pros

    I have been using IObit products for years - they work well, are nicely designed, and just keep getting better. The new IObit Malware Fighter Pro is no exception. When I purchased it and then didn't see the email with the license key (because it had gone into my spam folder), I got an immediate and friendly response from IObit Support with the key - really appreciate their fine service.

    Cons

    None found so far.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very quick and easy to use"

    July 30, 2013  |   By dinkyblue2

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 2.0.1.8

    Pros

    gives you choices of scans and reminds you how long its been since your last scan

    Cons

    none i can think of

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good product. Removes malware as stated"

    July 25, 2013  |   By chatham04

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 2.0.1.8

    Pros

    Customer service is excellent. Ordered the product because it advertised as "Pro Upgrade" for 19.95 for 3 computers. I purchased an upgrade for Advanced System Care 6 with no problem. The licence I purchased came back "good for 1 computer" Contacted IOBit about problem and Cicely from support corrected the problem in less than 24 hours. GREAT Service. Recommend both products for a secure computer.

    Cons

    Advertising should work the first time when purchase so you don't have to find out about good customer service.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "service is great"

    July 17, 2013  |   By dmd65

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 2.0.1.8

    Pros

    great products great service and great advice

    Cons

    noting more to say but great

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  • 1.0 stars

    "don't bother."

    July 3, 2013  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 2.0.1.8

    Pros

    looks good. but doesn't do anything but give false sense of security.

    Cons

    quotes from pcmag review and testing of product (paid one):

    "There's absolutely no reason to buy or even try IObit Malware Fighter 2. It doesn't function as an antivirus and doesn't effectively fight malware. In testing, it reported seven thoroughly infested systems as perfectly clean. Avoid it." - ouch!!!

    or

    "Worst ever scores in both malware blocking and malware removal tests. No protection against malicious downloads. Real-time protection doesn't kick in until malware tries to launch. Behavior-based detection flags both malicious and safe programs. No provision for handling malware that resists installation." ouch again!!!

    Summary

    useless product. avoid.

    Updated on Dec 25, 2013

    there are serious accusations with proof that this company is engaged in unethical behavior. a company that steals code can steal your bank information etc. evaluate for yourselves.

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Malwarebytes-IObit-Stole-Our-Signatures-Database-125928.shtml

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  • 1.0 stars

    "You should never use this. It is just eye-candy"

    June 26, 2013  |   By Cydrobolt

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 2.0.1.8

    Pros

    Looks nice
    Easy to use
    Free

    Cons

    Hardly blocks anything at all
    Stole MBAM and other company's signatures in the past
    Not trustworthy, acts like a rogue trying to get you to buy their PRO version
    Very Slow
    Might destroy your PC

    Summary

    I have seen many people with IMF and their "Smart Debugger", and their crapware. It has destroyed their PC's, making them slow, and even locking up safe mode. We had to manually delete every registry key and their drivers in order to even open the PC. Do not use this program, it will ruin your life.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The IMF is an indispensable tool"

    June 26, 2013  |   By Eduardo-Lima

    Version: IObit Malware Fighter 2.0.1.8

    Pros

    fast in detection, secure interface and intuitive, uncomplicated, and has a great look that combines with windows 8, I consider it an indispensable tool for the pc.

    Cons

    I found nothing against, to report at the time

    Summary

    As I always say: IObit Products has a wonderful quality.

    Success to all staff IObit!

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