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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

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CNET Editors' review

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 Prior to running a scan, Anti-Malware 2.0 looks for out-of-date versions, so you'll be running the latest version without question.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

    4.4 stars

    out of 5,942 votes

    • 5 star: 3927
    • 4 star: 1390
    • 3 star: 226
    • 2 star: 130
    • 1 star: 268
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 4.0 stars

    "I'm no authority but...."

    April 21, 2014  |   By alaskaj

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1.1004

    Pros

    It definitely sped up my 6yr old laptop,even though it found zero "objects "& it's free.

    Cons

    Not sure if this is related to the scan I did or even this product. However after I did my 1st scan,shutdown,then powered back up the following day. My screen went white then finally booted up after maybe 2min. computer seems to be working fine,in fact faster than before yet that white screen isn't normal. Guess we'll see what happens next time I boot up.

    Summary

    If your computer is aging or slower than you'd like this may be the ticket.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good But previous version was better...."

    April 21, 2014  |   By stevencccccc

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1.1004

    Pros

    good detection rate
    nice UI

    Cons

    -Very slow scan speed (threat scan)

    -Intrusive, automatically scans computer every day ( although you can disable it but it should be disabled by default)

    - Sometimes During scan,update or startup, freezes and causes explorer.exe to restart automatically

    Summary

    i use to be a big MBAM fan, use it on every computer i had to clean up,but now i'm very disatisfied, its too sluggish, scans are too slow and freezes up computer alot and i do have a very fast computer, so i will uninstall until their scan speed and stability of the whole program is fixed

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Trying the free version"

    April 20, 2014  |   By depplearne

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1.1004

    Pros

    Till now, it is working.

    Cons

    the pop-ups for this free version.

    Summary

    maybe i should buy the pro version?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "2.0 Big Problem"

    April 20, 2014  |   By Traveler33

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1.1004

    Pros

    Very effective product if you can get past one big thing

    Cons

    I have the Malwarebytes free 2.0 version, previously used version 1.x happily. 2.0 default checks for updates every hour, and every time the product does an update check, a large pop-up notification announcing this . . . every hour. Malwarebytes also runs a default scan every 23 hours and displays a big pop-up notification for that. Miss a scan or an update, you also get the same notifications. Try giving presentations, watching a movie or anything else while pop-ups a third the size of your screen appear in the middle of that screen each hour.

    You can supposedly disable notifications in the Settings screen, but that does not help. I have tried numerous times to turn off notifications by changing settings or changing settings followed by a shut down/restart, all to no help.

    Perhaps the ability to suspend notifications is only available if you license the full product for $24.95/yr, but I refuse blackmail. My advice is to not download the product until Malwarebytes fixes the problem.

    Summary

    Don't download until notification problem fixed.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I don't like it"

    April 19, 2014  |   By morninglory

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1.1004

    Pros

    It is not much different from the previous version that I can tell. I really liked the previous one.

    Cons

    I can't find where to activate a quick scan; all I get is a whole computer scan. I have a small flatscreen and the left side of MWB is not visible. Wish I could go back to the previous version but I am not able to find it.

    Summary

    I just think this one is not for me although I'm sure many users do like it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Good."

    April 18, 2014  |   By hl2dapper

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1.1004

    Pros

    Efficiency.

    Cons

    None. ....

    Summary

    Very Good.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Would rate 0 Stars if able - garbage"

    April 18, 2014  |   By 09305js

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1.1004

    Pros

    none whatsoever

    Cons

    Ran their product Chameleon, which couldn't locate MWB 2.0, installed an earlier version, disabled auto protection and allowed my PC to be totally exposed. Release beta products without testing and lose PRO customers. I've been a MWB customer with paid pro edition for over a decade. THIS IS GARBAGE!

    Summary

    fix your freaking product or lose more customers

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I could not get this off my computer fast enough."

    April 17, 2014  |   By bajajudy

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1.1004

    Pros

    none none none

    Cons

    infected my computer with some sort of malware

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great boost for aging computer's production"

    April 15, 2014  |   By ctetrault

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1.1004

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Very effective
    Gives me peace of mind
    Much quicker than previous versions

    Cons

    None I have run into

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent product and suppport"

    April 15, 2014  |   By JimFlog

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1.1004

    Pros

    Download/install went smoothly. My previous version (paid) had some corruption problems that prevented the update. Malwarebytes support gave me procedures to clear the problem, update and restore my access codes. The previous version has gotten me out of more that one virus jam and warned me of many others before damage was done. So far, the latest version looks likely to continue the protection.

    Cons

    The startup checks take extra time, but I'm not sure Malwarebytes is the culprit. Once a day would be okay instead of every startup. Control of this would be nice.

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