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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

CNET Editors' review

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 5,940 votes

    • 5 star: 3927
    • 4 star: 1389
    • 3 star: 225
    • 2 star: 130
    • 1 star: 268
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 86 votes

    • 5 star: 55
    • 4 star: 21
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 5.0 stars

    "I would recommend this to anyone."

    August 13, 2009  |   By ritaegger1

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.39

    Pros

    It took a few days but it got rid of all my trojans and malware problems. The cost was very reasonable and I like that I got a backup tape and could even redownload.

    Cons

    So far I don't know of anything I don't like about it. I'm not really compter-savvy, but
    it's okay for my needs.

    Summary

    When a trojan came in on the back of an email, I thought my computer was toast. And even though I only use my computer to pay bills and for personal and entertainment use, I did not want to lose anything. In these economic times I do not have the funds to replace or fix a computer. The download was easy, the cost was
    very reasionable, and the use of the program was easy enough even for this grandma to use. It has even captured other "evils" trying to force their way into my computer. So, thank you for this product.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A very good anti-malware application"

    August 5, 2009  |   By pla

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.39

    Pros

    Very effictive in finding anti-malware

    Cons

    None found at this moment.

    Summary

    Malware that couldn't be found/removed by other anti-virus programs (AVG, Mcafee) was successfully removed after a scan by malwarebytes.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Cleaned the virus on my pc"

    August 4, 2009  |   By nbarut

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.39

    Pros

    My PC was infected with 'System Security' virus, but this program helped me clean it. The PC works well now. No problem left..

    Cons

    Nothing that I know.

    Summary

    Even though the program is not free, you can still use it when your pc is infected with a virus.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Actually Gets rid of viruses"

    August 3, 2009  |   By sheawerner

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.39

    Pros

    Only product I found that get's rid of real troublemakers.

    Cons

    not real time so have an Anti Virus program for that.

    Summary

    Great product for when you've become infected or even think you might be infected. You need a regular Anti Virus too like NOD32 from eset.com (currently the best at keeping them out)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Found a lot of things others would'nt"

    August 3, 2009  |   By cbeer01

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.39

    Pros

    Quick and easy

    Cons

    Don't know yet

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great for Trojans"

    August 3, 2009  |   By toddgrim

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.39

    Pros

    Very effective in finding Trojans! Found several on various computers in my house that my anti spy-ware and anti-virus missed.

    Cons

    None I've found

    Summary

    highly recommend as an extra line of defense. . .and even possibly front line.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply the best anti-spyware application out there!"

    August 3, 2009  |   By waleedfi

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.39

    Pros

    Works like a charm!

    Cons

    None that I'm aware of

    Summary

    I had a problem with some nasty spyware on my computer. Spybot was useless, it only removed a few cookies on my computer (thanks!). Same for the Anti-virus software (Avast and AVG), I gave up and was going to format my computer but thought I'd give another anti-spyware a try, now I'm glad I did. Malwarebytes is the only program I tried that was able to detect the the spyware and remove it. For any spyware problems, I highly recommend this program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Premier Anti-Malware Remover"

    August 3, 2009  |   By david j s

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.39

    Pros

    Recent update has significantly improved the full scan time. Frequent updates, but here lies the twist! Read on.

    Cons

    Limited customisable updates

    Summary

    This software has one of the most frequent updates of all anti-malware products, so why is the update feature in the paid version restricted to once a day? It would be great to have this amended to specified intervals, say, 2 hourly or to individual needs. As it stands, manual updating is still a requirement to maintain maximum security. Why????

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  • 4.0 stars

    "nice and robust thing, thanks to the producers"

    August 3, 2009  |   By ogoltsoff

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.39

    Pros

    it found nasties overlooked by common antiviruses

    Cons

    no cons, beg your pardon

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good but where's the auto-update feature?"

    August 2, 2009  |   By byu1980

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.39

    Pros

    Successfully quarantined one "bot" infected file.

    Cons

    Haven't been able to determine if this can be set to automatically update. So far have had to update it manually every few days - free version.

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