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Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a surprisingly effective freeware antimalware tool. It's a relatively speedy malware remover, with the quick scan taking about 10 minutes. The heuristics engine proved on multiple computers during empirical testing that it was capable of determining the difference between false positives and dangerous apps.

The app has some nice features rolled in, too. It supports multiple drive scanning, context menu options including a scan-on-demand for individual files, and the FileAssassin option under the More Tools section for removing locked files. The interface is simple, but pleasant-looking and well-organized. Tabs live just below the oversized logo, with few options per tab to keep down the clutter. The installation process was fast enough, but interestingly offered up the well-kept changelog and an instant definition file update.

Do note that the real-time protection is restricted to the paid version, as is the scheduler for updates and scans. Overall, though, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a responsive malware remover that does what it should with a minimum of fuss.

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  • All versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 5,937 votes

    • 5 star: 3927
    • 4 star: 1388
    • 3 star: 225
    • 2 star: 129
    • 1 star: 267
  • Current version:

    4.7 stars

    out of 129 votes

    • 5 star: 112
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "This software saved my computer."

    January 5, 2009  |   By jtwtech

    Version: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31

    Pros

    Completely removed all spyware from my computer.

    Cons

    Absolutely none at all.

    Summary

    I got some nasty spyware on my computer right before Christmas. It took forever for my computer to boot up, then it ran slow, and I got all kinds of pop ups while on the internet. Spyware Doctor, which I paid for, could not remove it, even after running all updates. I thought I was going to have to reformat my hard drive.

    Luckily someone recommended this. I downloaded it, and ran a full scan. It totally removed all spyware, and it has not returned. What a relief.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I Love This Program"

    January 5, 2009  |   By garydalel

    Version: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31

    Pros

    Ran Malwarebytes twice and that SPY GUARD WAS OUT OF MY LIFE FOREVER.Yea!! Great Program Right For Every One. Gary D Litchfield medford,oregon

    Cons

    Not A Nasty Word About This Program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It WORKS! It saves you for free and protects you cheap."

    January 4, 2009  |   By GordySoar

    Version: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31

    Pros

    I tried Adware, even the virus programs that let it through, hunted various forums that offered step by step removals.... a few hundred and likely good if I had some idea of what they were talking about, but Malwarebytes just killed it, instantly.

    Cons

    Hard to dislike a program that saves your ...butt!
    Malware like Total 2004 or the like is vicious and really messes up your computer.

    Summary

    If you have been burned by one of the Malware's that seem to be impossible to get rid of, keep popping up bogus sales ads about a program to get rid of it....GET Malwarebytes! Its free to save your butt, and cheap to keep you protected!
    The feeling of relief when I ran the program, it found the malware and killed it, just like that made me go to the site and buy it! They earned the money. A really great group of people who have made a product to protect us all.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Got rid of AV2009 quickly and easily"

    January 4, 2009  |   By tonymotion

    Version: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31

    Pros

    I installed it, ran it, did a "Quick Scan", and it found stuff, removed stuff, did a restart and the nasty AV2009 was all gone. No work, no fuss.

    Cons

    You have to buy the pay version to get the real-time scanning to run in the background, but that's not big loss in the free version.

    Summary

    I just took AntiVirus 2009 off of my dad's computer using this program, quickly and easily. Most websites described a lot more work to get that done.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awsome Best Ever"

    January 4, 2009  |   By Dripperlot

    Version: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31

    Pros

    Anti Malware Bytes saved me from that wretched AntiVirus 2010, i had tried many before and nothing stopped it besides this,

    Cons

    Really, absolutely nothing. Found nothing wrong.

    Summary

    If you need any help with malware you better get this...easy to download...fast...the best!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent protection where others fail"

    January 4, 2009  |   By psg666

    Version: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31

    Pros

    Installs in Safe Mode
    Cracks down the hardest malware
    Includes a FileASSASSIN tool

    Cons

    It does not look like it prevents malware that listens on registry changes, but I might be mistaken and there is a work around for this.

    Summary

    Thru an updated version of FireFox my notebook was infected with a very eagly trojan malware that downloaded in no time even uglier malware that installed itself as a device driver. The first problematic malware was very hard to crack as it attached itself to the winlogon process that is essential and cannot be killed by the task manager.
    The other problem of this malware was that it looks like it listenes to the changes in the registry (or periodically checks them) and it reregisters itself before the PC is restarted. Malwarebytes' does not seem to prevent this. The workaround was to power-off the PC the hard way at the very moment the Malwarebytes' deletes the registry settings and marks the dlls for deletion after restart.

    I purchased the software to say thanks...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!"

    January 4, 2009  |   By fallior

    Version: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31

    Pros

    It deletes malware most software doesn't.
    It's free to use.
    It will continue protecting your computer, all you have to do is click 'scan'
    It updates frequantly (it went from version 1408 to 1416 in 24 hours)
    Both the quick & full scan are fast.

    Cons

    -If you want it to protect your computer automatically (without having to scan as much) you must pay for it.

    Summary

    I had this thing called: Win Web Security that downloaded to my computer automatically that looked like a security thing from windows. After I found out it was Malware, I didn't know what to do. Ad-Aware 2008 couldn't find it, Windows Defender 2008 couldn't find it, even Norton's Anti-Virus 2008 couldn't find it (I already had these 3 things downloaded to my PC). I even tried to find it manually by following the instructions on some websites, they were only a wekk old and somehow Winweb found a way to hide their files completely so that you couldn't find it manually. I had know idea what to do so I decided to type in 'Win Web Security Malware Removal' on google and found Malwarebytes, I decided to give it a try and it found and deleated WinWeb from my computer! Thank You guys soo much, you saved my computers life (as well as some of mine).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best remover, bar none."

    January 4, 2009  |   By davecollins1

    Version: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31

    Pros

    Will remove even the nastiest most stubborn Spyware, that some big names cannot.

    Cons

    None that i can think of.

    Summary

    If you have Spyware that your usual favourite detects or not as the case may be, then this will almost always remove it quickly. on one occasion i had to use Super anti spyware to remove a nasty instead, but generally i regard Malwarebytes as the best overall remover out there at present, just have a few other back ups such as the aforementioned Superantispyware,as you cant be too careful.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent!!!"

    January 3, 2009  |   By bluespy89

    Version: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31

    Pros

    It detects more things than the other one

    Cons

    Haven't encountered yet

    Summary

    I tried many products and all did not solve my problem. My problem was my Windows could not do automatic updates. Fortunatelly it helped me to remove the infected items in my computer and now my computer can get back updates from Windows.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This does exactly what it's supposed to do"

    January 3, 2009  |   By skonesky

    Version: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31

    Pros

    Simple,Hi-Speed & User friendly

    Cons

    NONE WHAT SO EVER

    Summary

    I am very impressed! 2 of my PC's were infected with Antivirus2009. Nothing I did would help. This program killed all of it and more in less than 30 minutes on both machines. I will purchase the full version as soon as my CC gets paid down.

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