Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 5979 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.2.1012
File Size:
16.49MB
Date Added:
May 21, 2014
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available; $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
129,473,498
Downloads Last Week:
102,094
Product ranking:
#2 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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 Prior to running a scan, Anti-Malware 2.0 looks for out-of-date versions, so you'll be running the latest version without question.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

    out of 5979 votes

    • 5 star: 3943
    • 4 star: 1399
    • 3 star: 228
    • 2 star: 131
    • 1 star: 278
  • Current Version:

    3.3

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 4 stars

    "Not a fan of V2"

    July 09, 2014   |   By Lygalyn

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Does quick scans.

    Cons

    confusing menu.
    Less friendly to use.
    Old screen was uncomplicated and easy to read.
    Seems to be too much splash and fat and not enough lean meat.

    Summary

    It's free.

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  • 5 stars

    "A software worth having."

    July 07, 2014   |   By PilapilKleiman

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Nice layout

    Cons

    None that I can see.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works perfectly."

    July 07, 2014   |   By BashirStack

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Simple and efficient

    Cons

    Now nothing bad .....

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  • 1 stars

    "use to be the best!!!"

    July 07, 2014   |   By kevinscomputers

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Me and about 50 people I know are grandfathered into old contract for life, before they got greedy!

    Cons

    Everything from graphic confusion to absolutely no control of anything that it does!

    Summary

    Version 1.75 and previous worked fantastic, everything was clean and easy to control and understand. They must have been bought out by a lame graphic oriented company because everything is clumsy and uncontrollable now in version 2.

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  • 5 stars

    "Amazing Improvement and Detection Rate"

    June 27, 2014   |   By Not-My-Problem

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    *Easy to navigate user interface.
    *Automated tasks.
    *High detection rate.
    *Improved from version 1.0
    *Faster scans

    Cons

    *Confusing and misleading scan names.
    *A full scan isn't available. You need to actually perform a custom scan and select the whole hard drive.
    *Slows down the computer, even if you disable real time protection.

    Summary

    Malwarebytes 2.0 is a good program, and I recommend it. Your computer status is displayed on the home screen which is nice, the scans are very fast, the new notification style opposed to the original balloon message is much easier to read and provides many options, real time protection is greatly improved, the detection rate is noticeably higher, and you have much more flexibility in options. I like the new look, too. I don't like how it uses up so much memory, though, even if I disable real time protection. There also isn't a way to disable Malwarebytes completely, so I have to uninstall it if I want to do something which it deters/blocks. I also think that the process of it should be protected, because I could end it in task manager which means that my protection by it stops.

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  • 1 stars

    "Crap update"

    June 26, 2014   |   By chantalbristow

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    none whatsoever since the old one was simpler and actually working!!!!!

    Cons

    After two hours of pre-scanning in progress I gave up...

    Summary

    Do not use it until they have made it user friendly again

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple and effective"

    June 26, 2014   |   By GehrigSerafin

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    Never any problems

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  • 1 stars

    "wast of time"

    June 24, 2014   |   By gallowgate49

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    worked for the first day ,

    Cons

    after first day it was useless, then it said database is out of date, so i clicked "UPDATE NOW" still would not up date ,it kept asking me to update time after time,

    Summary

    wished i had not updated to the newer version as the old version was the best no bother at all,

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  • 1 stars

    ""Malwarebytes v.2 Free - I Do Not Like It""

    June 22, 2014   |   By ron-Ron7

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Hard to say

    Cons

    Slow, blotted, complicated, difficult to scan an individual file without waiting sooo long to complete and more ... see "Summary" below. See also "ColdlyIndifferent" at https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?/topic/149344-malwarebytes-v2-free-i-do-not-like-it/

    Summary

    I agree with "ColdlyIndifferent"
    "Why do I dislike v.2? Principally because the new "Threat" scan speed, particularly for on demand scans of individual files ie. downloads is now about three times as slow. This is or rather was the main point of having it for me, a quick and easy scan just to check there's been nothing let through by my AV." see full review at:
    See https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?/topic/149344-malwarebytes-v2-free-i-do-not-like-it/

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  • 5 stars

    "VERY GOOD MALWARE FINDER"

    June 15, 2014   |   By palsdad1946

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    HOUND ALL HIDDEN MALWARE

    Cons

    NONE EXCEPT IT RUNS ABOUT 10 MINUTES TO FINISH SCAN

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