Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 6035 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.4.1028
  • Total Downloads:
    131,816,912
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 03, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    19.5MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    102,509
  • 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. This new malware hunter also 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 Prior to running a scan, Anti-Malware 2.0 looks for out-of-date versions, so you'll be running the latest version without question.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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5 stars

"Best in the Business"

December 17, 2014  |  By NorCalRox

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.4.1028

Pros

* Easy installation
* Lightweight footprint (under 80MB RAM with real-time protection on)
* No pop-ups (maybe because I bought the darn thing instead of being a frugal jerk)
* When it removes an object, it actually does remove it

Cons

* Ugly interface, that's it.

Summary

I find it hard to believe when I read other reviews saying something like "It missed 150 objects", or "I'm annoyed by the pop up ads", or "It never finishes a scan." For one, no software can detect and remove every single thing that exists. Second, this application was $25 for a lifetime product for years. You're a fool if you've used this tool for a long time and never bought it in order to never see those ads again. Cheapskate. As for the scan not finishing, that's believable, but do these people even try to reach out to Malwarebytes? Geez, some people are idiots.

Anyway, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware really is the best product in the industry. It beats out the antivirus products and although it's ugly, it does it what it sets out to do: detect and remove malware.

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1 stars

"Worse than the malware its supposed to protect you from"

December 17, 2014  |  By stepneg

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.4.1028

Pros

The free version might have worked although looking at other reviews I doubt that now.

Cons

Constantly nags you into downloading the full version trial which caught me out when I upgraded the database definitions. Once the full version was installed my machine was reduced to a complete crawl, in the end it would just hang I had to boot into safe mode just to uninstall it!!

Summary

This software it is utterly pointless and has caused me more grief than the malware its supposed to be protecting me from.

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1 stars

"Waste of time."

December 13, 2014  |  By Glanscript

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.4.1028

Pros

I can't think of a single one.

Cons

Missed 170 "objects" even after running twice.

Summary

The "free" version is useless so I won't be wasting time purchasing. I downloaded another anti-malware program, also free, that caught 170 items that Malwarebytes completely missed, even after running it twice. I can't see paying for a program that can't get the job done. I'll pass.

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2 stars

"Constant pop ups - Very annoying"

December 11, 2014  |  By sheawerner

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.4.1028

Pros

Seems to clean better then before, you used to have to run it and reboot and then run and reboot again until it got everything. Now it seems to clean in one sweep.

Cons

constant pop ups to update. Very annoying and a real problem by users who aren't admin users also updating non admin users is a hard process not like other updates (windows or adobe etc.)
Also actual install/update once it's going has way too many clicks required.

Summary

They need to fix and streamline the update and install process. They need to have a corporate console that requires little to no user interaction.
Some users even thought they were attacked by a virus.

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5 stars

"Great Malware fighting program"

December 11, 2014  |  By oadon

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.4.1028

Pros

Works great runs fast and works in the back ground.

Cons

None at this time.

Summary

I would recommend this software to my friends

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5 stars

"Best Malware Fighter Software"

December 10, 2014  |  By cars3112348051

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.4.1028

Pros

Large Virus/Malware Database
Fast Scanning
Not Much Lag During Scans
Not Many Adds and No Sneaky Software Installations.
Fast And Easy Installation

Cons

Sometimes Freezes Up On Really Slow Computers
Sometimes Lags During Repair Process On Slow Computers

Summary

Overall the Product Is Amazing and FREE!
Everyone should have this installed.

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3 stars

"Didn't find problems"

December 09, 2014  |  By jfpainter

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.4.1028

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

Didn't find problems

Summary

My daughters pc had many problems and was running terribly. Malware Bytes found nothing. I tried Spyhunter. It found 400 issues and after paying the fee, fixed them all. Problems gone. Running great.

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2 stars

"What Is Wrong With This Version and The Last One?"

December 07, 2014  |  By glenijoy

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.4.1028

Pros

None at the moment.

Cons

Even with the last version, I can't remember when it actually finished a scan. I downloaded this latest version and it stopped just before the end. Like the last version, it froze everything. I couldn't pause,close it or get it off my screen. Could not restart my pc, so had to shut it down by turning it off. Like the last version. Then windows wants to do a disc check because pc has not been shut down properly. Have reinstalled, but, don't like my chances of it scanning to the end. For a well known product, and trusted, it is starting to suck. What's the point of having it?

Summary

Maybe I need to look for another malware fighter. Just disappointed in the last two versions.

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1 stars

"Great idea but SO unreliable"

December 03, 2014  |  By JERBY_PFF

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.4.1028

Pros

Protection while it is working

Cons

Frequently falls apart and stops working - Google it.

Summary

This product could be great but I am afraid it is "not ready for prime time" and
I am guessing that it will never be so.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.4.1028
Issue with Malware Protection addressed.
General
Publisher Malwarebytes
Publisher web site http://www.malwarebytes.org
Release Date December 03, 2014
Date Added December 03, 2014
Version 2.0.4.1028
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 19.5MB
File Name mbam-setup-2.0.4.1028.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 131,816,912
Downloads Last Week 102,509
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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