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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

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out of 6103 votes out of 5 votes

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  • Date Added:
    Mar. 18, 2016
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    Free; paid upgrade available; $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
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    #1 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Note:

The Malwarebytes Free edition offers users the option of installing a trial version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro.

Editors' Review


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 is a substantial update to the famed malware-killing machine; the latest version integrates rootkit detection directly into the software and sports a more streamlined interface.


New design: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 sports an upgraded look that's more approachable. The more modern design is also an improvement -- larger boxes, fewer tabs, touch-friendly buttons, and adaptive windows. The program tucks nicely into your system tray when not in use and feels sleeker overall.

Features and utilities: Anti-Malware 2.0 has improved 64-bit support and now comes with built-in Anti-Rootkit. Access managers, automatic schedulers, exclusion options, and other utilities are still available, tucked away in the Settings tab.

Security: Malwarebytes tweaked the user flow to improve protection. Prior to running a scan, Anti-Malware 2.0 looks for out-of-date versions, so you'll be running the latest version without question. And while infected computers sometimes block anti-malware apps, Malwarebytes' Chameleon tech stubbornly gets Anti-Malware installed and running, whether or not the PC has malicious programs on it.


Subscription model: Although existing Lifetime owners will be grandfathered in, new users who want the premium version must get an annual subscription. However, the free version will still exist for all users.

Bottom Line

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 maintains its excellent track record as a strong anti-malware application. The visual refresh, interface tweaks, and inclusion of built-in rootkit detection make it a more modern competitor. While the subscription model may not be for everyone, it's becoming a more widely accepted standard for many security programs.

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3 stars

"I Have Two Computers: Both Helpful and Annoying"

July 27, 2016  |  By Average C|Net User

2016-07-27 09:59:28  |  By Average C|Net User

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free


I have two computers, one running Windows 7 Pro, and one running Windows 8.1.
I had the same problems on both: I was plagued by unwanted browser pop-ups, mainly "Top-Arama" and "Ho Ho Search", so I searched for a solution. Thus I found this handy little program. I downloaded it onto my Windows 8.1 computer first, and it worked wonders for me, COMPLETELY removing my malware.


Why then, have I given the program only three stars? Simple. I downloaded it onto my Windows 7 Pro computer, and it stubbornly refused to admit that there was any thing wrong. It stated that my computer was "malware-free." BUT, Ho ho Search and Top-Arama were still active!!


Well, it looks like this program doesn't properly work on computers with an operating system of below Windows 8.

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2 stars

"Problem downloading on Older Computers"

May 13, 2016  |  By fenwickson

2016-05-13 16:28:05  |  By fenwickson

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free


Does a good job finding malware


When I updated on my old XP computer, I got an error message with a number. I searched the number and it showed me a patch/link that when opened will allow Malwarebytes 2.2.1 to properly initialize on my computer. It worked but why did I have to go through this aggravation to update this program? Malwarebytes knew about this problem last year and their tech assured me that a notice/link would be given on the next update. This wasn't done


Since Malwarebytes no longer supports downloads for older/slower computers, they should at least mention this when downloading and give the patch link to use.

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5 stars

"Great product"

April 29, 2016  |  By Contdownloadm

2016-04-29 04:00:18  |  By Contdownloadm

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free


Fast and easy to use


None can be found


Updated on Jul 14, 2016

Works great.

Updated on Jul 14, 2016

good to know

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3 stars

"worked great"

March 31, 2016  |  By griffragy13626

2016-03-31 11:53:16  |  By griffragy13626

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free


worked great until 3 days ago I started getting popups on ip addresses, do know what
to do about it, have contacted the website but havent received anything back.


nothing to add


started getting the popups after the power kept going on and off.

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2 stars

"Great program but to invasive."

March 23, 2016  |  By struck21

2016-03-23 08:50:59  |  By struck21

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free


Works great. Always has. Works even better with pay version....


Free version takes all your control over the program away. You can't stop it from running or change the schedule or anything important really. Wasn't worth keeping if it wouldn't allow me to adjust it.


Great program that works but over all, without control of it, screw it.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version

  • Context Menu scanning option is now enabled by default. Note if you had this option disabled previously and want to retain that setting, you must disable again manually this one time only. Future updates will retain the setting properly
  • Improved renewal experience for those who purchased in retail store so that the original license key is retained post-renewal instead of requiring that a new key be entered and activated
  • Improved End of Trial experience so it is clear that trial has expired and real-time protection is no longer available
  • Added additional license checks to ensure subscription details are updated as quickly as possible after a renewal is processed
  • Updated company and product logos with new logo
  • For Premium subscription licenses, removed Renew button from My Account screen to avoid confusion over license term

  • Issues Fixed:
  • Fixed security vulnerability to ensure database updates are downloaded over SSL connections only
  • Fixed crash that occurred if Dell Backup and Recovery software was installed on same system]
  • Fixed issue where scheduled scan did not honor weekly recurrence properly *Fixed issue where license expiration notices were incorrectly displaying multiple times in rapid succession
  • Fixed issue where the Scheduler would continue to run in certain cases after a trial had expired
  • Fixed issue where the update progress bar on the Dashboard would appear to hang and would never complete
Publisher Malwarebytes
Publisher web site
Release Date March 18, 2016
Date Added March 18, 2016
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 21.79MB
File Name mbam-setup-cnet.35891-
Total Downloads 142,186,081
Downloads Last Week 138,819
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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