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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

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Editors' Rating:
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 6106 votes out of 8 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.2.1.1043
  • Total Downloads:
    142,793,932
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 18, 2016
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    21.79MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    143,527
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #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

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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.

Pros

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 Prior to running a scan, Anti-Malware 2.0 looks for out-of-date versions, so you'll be running the latest version without question.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.

Cons

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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  • Current Version

    2.5

    out of 8 votes

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3 stars

"Worthless "Feel-Good" Ware"

September 22, 2016  |  By Taylorminaj1

2016-09-22 10:16:42  |  By Taylorminaj1

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free 2.2.1.1043

Pros

Makes you believe you are safe with all the pop-ups

Cons

Actually is doing nothing. All our machines run Malwarebytes, but when I recently scanned a problem PC with Malwarebytes we found nothing but when i used Akick Antivirus i found 285 objects. I scanned with Akick Antivirus first before installing Malwarebytes.

Summary

Time to find a new option. I've had success with Akick Software's in the past (paid and free). If you're running malwarebytes you better scan your machines with a secondary program. You're not as safe as you think

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1 stars

"Hourly nagging to subscribe is innapropriate"

September 20, 2016  |  By MallyMcGinnis

2016-09-20 08:23:26  |  By MallyMcGinnis

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free 2.2.1.1043

Pros

Free downloads.

Cons

Hourly nags if you don't subscribe
Wouldn't let me into a site I'd been to many times before; they sell fountain pens, inks and fine papers.

Summary

I'm not a computer officianado. I know I need software to keep malware off my drive, so I do. I couldn't care less whose name is on the software. Malware Bites advertises free downloads; of course, that's all that's free. And if you don't buy, the software sends a popup in the lower left corner of your screen every hour after your free trial is over. In the morning when I woke up, I had to click away a new nag screen for every hour I was away from my machine. In my opinion, that's not just inappropriate, it's extreme. Even Norton at it's worst wasn't this invasive. Now to find something else, and be done with this pestilence.

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1 stars

"Stopped working"

September 16, 2016  |  By dsmcwill

2016-09-16 18:06:17  |  By dsmcwill

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free 2.2.1.1043

Pros

Worked fine in the beginning. Cleaned out all the spam and questionables

Cons

After about 4 months it just won't run at all.

Summary

Not helpful at all

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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 2.2.1.1043

Pros

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.

Cons

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!!

Summary

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

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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 2.2.1.1043

Pros

Does a good job finding malware

Cons

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

Summary

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 2.2.1.1043

Pros

Fast and easy to use

Cons

None can be found

Summary



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 2.2.1.1043

Pros

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.

Cons

nothing to add

Summary

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 2.2.1.1043

Pros

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

Cons

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.

Summary

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

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.2.1.1043

    Improvements:
  • 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
General
Publisher Malwarebytes
Publisher web site https://store.malwarebytes.com/342/cookie?affiliate=3322&redirectto=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.malwarebytes.com%2F&redirecthash=28CE88E9A44D092166AC736AD07CD352
Release Date March 18, 2016
Date Added March 18, 2016
Version 2.2.1.1043
Category
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.35891-2.2.1.1043.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 142,793,932
Downloads Last Week 143,527
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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