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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 8 minutes even with other high-resource programs running. 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 including networked drives, 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 User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 5,938 votes

    • 5 star: 3927
    • 4 star: 1388
    • 3 star: 225
    • 2 star: 130
    • 1 star: 267
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 93 votes

    • 5 star: 63
    • 4 star: 21
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Finds malicious software that others miss."

    August 20, 2010  |   By JaxComputing

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.38

    Pros

    I own Home Computing Solutions in Jacksonville, FL (JaxComputing.com). I use Malware Bytes with several other programsas part of a toolkit (I scan for viruses standard with every service that I do). Malware Bytes finds signtures that others miss!

    Cons

    It certainly does not detect all malicious software, and very few rogue anti-virus that I have come across.

    Summary

    I have not tried the paid version. I have received tremendous benefits from using Malware Bytes, but it doesn't seem to be as in-depth as a full-fledged program. For a free program, it is EXCELLENT! There is no reason not to include it in your software library.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "best anti malware product i have ever tried"

    July 13, 2009  |   By shank_1994

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.38

    Pros

    regular updates & quick scan are great!

    Cons

    full scan takes a lot of time

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Catches most malware."

    July 13, 2009  |   By okiewild

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.38

    Pros

    Good user interface.

    Cons

    No paths to updates etc when blocked by malware.

    Summary

    This software repeatedly detected and apparently removed a trojan but came back with ever restart. Obviously it wasn't getting all the malware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great love it"

    July 13, 2009  |   By cathy62k

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.38

    Pros

    Very good they found 8 with the first pass and 15 with the long scan.

    Cons

    I don't know of any cons

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent tool for quick diagnosis of malware problem."

    July 13, 2009  |   By xelanmetallium

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.38

    Pros

    Small size, small footprint, doesn't autostart on startup, can be updated with one click and easily uninstalled.

    Cons

    I would like a standalone version that doesn't require installation, but not really a con, more like a personal preference. It is very good software

    Summary

    If you think you have something malicious installed on your computer and/or you think your AV software has been compromised, try this scanner in quick mode just to see if anything suspicious is going on.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Just a basic removal tool nothing special"

    July 13, 2009  |   By TimJones07

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.38

    Pros

    Tends to find rogue programs that others miss, but doesn't detect the major malware that will destroy your system.

    Cons

    Small database compared to other programs, should be listed as a extra removal tool not a anti-malware program because that is deceptive.

    Summary

    I tired to find just how many malwares this program could find that the other major players can't detect since it appears to be a mystery on their site and numbers were very few. I rate it one star because it doesn't stand up to its name. Could be use as an extra removal tool but is not worth buying the full version unless you are a newbie and don't pay attention to what you install.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Terrific product"

    July 13, 2009  |   By mrbear

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.38

    Pros

    Windows defender didn't catch 3 of them, but this great product did.

    Cons

    Keep it like it is.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't fix anything"

    July 12, 2009  |   By citroen2cv6

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.38

    Pros

    Fast download

    Cons

    Would not open after installing, even removed and reinstalled.

    Summary

    Recommend using Avast instead, worked very well.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "*********Top*********"

    July 12, 2009  |   By Awesome206

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.38

    Pros

    Its fast and works well

    Cons

    ****NONE*****

    Summary

    I love this bit of kit what amazes me Is that it picks up and kill's so many nasty s that all my other programs miss *** MUST HAVE ***

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Finds bugs others have completely missed!"

    July 11, 2009  |   By ScoutDad

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.38

    Pros

    Finds bugs other programs have missed.

    Cons

    The free version does not provide real time protection so I would encourage spending the $24.95 to upgrade.

    Summary

    Very recently I managed to pick up a virus that was so nasty that it actually managed to disable AVG and while AdAware could spot it, it wasn?t able to remove. A computer technician was finally able to remove the bug, at a cost of $150, and loaded the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on my system. Yesterday, I managed to pick up another virus and Anti-Malware was immediately able to spot it and REMOVE IT COMPLETELY. AVG nor AdAware never even notified me that there was a problem. I spent the $24.95 to upgrade to get the real time protection, and it has stopped SEVERAL attacks.

    I downloaded the program to all our home computers and it again spotted a Trojan than AVG has completely missed.

    This program is the greatest!

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