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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 5,934 votes

    • 5 star: 3926
    • 4 star: 1388
    • 3 star: 225
    • 2 star: 129
    • 1 star: 265
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 209 votes

    • 5 star: 129
    • 4 star: 51
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 17
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Software for the price"

    February 4, 2010  |   By dgjacquin

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40

    Pros

    Works well at removing commonly found malware.

    Cons

    Higher load on lower level hardware.

    Summary

    I would rate this the top of the line software for freeware.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Malwarebytes helped me get rid of malicious programs"

    November 6, 2009  |   By vallerywhite

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40

    Pros

    It had consistantly kept my computer virus free

    Cons

    It is blocking a website by saying it has malicious address. I know the website is OK. I cannot find a phone number for support from Malwarebytes. I need to override this and I am unable to

    Summary

    I like the product, but they should have a contact phone number for support.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Paid version appears to be keeping my pc clean."

    September 22, 2009  |   By nweissma

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40

    Pros

    the cost of the paid version is neglible. i feel secure with it because it (paid version) has caught malware from sites that i would not have suspected of being malicious.

    Cons

    at the moment, i can think of no cons.

    Summary

    but i am not a power user, i am careful what sites i visit, and i have not compared MBAM to other products.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "malwarebytes protect our bites and bytes"

    September 13, 2009  |   By gidogido46

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40

    Pros

    I have to manage 7 pc's all of them a regulary scan keep's the malware away, this is a must on all my pc's. Fantastic malwarehunter.

    Cons

    After years of use i can not find cons, on the contrarary without malwarebytes i can not surf freely on the net.

    Summary

    When sometimes malware get inside by fail from other protection, i send malwarebytes after them, when others talk about strange behaviour i order them to do a quick scan it takes 20 minutes and they have a free version, it keeps my pc's clean for years now i trust it and have faith in it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My software hero!"

    September 12, 2009  |   By rubyrose

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40

    Pros

    This program restored my computer to full health in just one use after 2 days of trying every other program I could find to clear a really nasty infection. I wouldn't be without it and I recommend it to everyone.

    Cons

    Haven't discovered any downside so far.

    Summary

    This program works where others fail. An absolute must-have.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I suspected at least 1 but it came out zero"

    September 11, 2009  |   By SweetPeaTNT

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40

    Pros

    Easy to download

    Cons

    I haven't used it enough to find what I may not like

    Summary

    I am paed user of the AVG, and when I saw it approved by AVG I was sure I could trust it. I have used nearly all of the paid and free versions of Anti-virus and I literally hated most of them, especially Norton. It was too confusing and complicated and definately not user friendly. I had to search through ever minute word on the Norton site for a phone number and finally found one after nearly 2 hours. It made me feel it wasn't a very trust worthy program if they aren't willing to put their contact information in plain view. I uninstalled Norton and ALL of the associated hidden files before my time was expired and bought the AVG. I have not had a single complaint after 4 years of use of the paid version, and I trust them 100%. If AVG put their support behind a program, I am going to trust them too.

    After running this Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40 free version, and it did not find any malware, I took a look at all of the features. Kudos to the designers of an easy program to understand. I now wonder if the designers were the same who designed the AVG. THANK YOU for designing this user friendly program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast, efficient, and catches most spyware and adware"

    September 11, 2009  |   By mirkwood

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40

    Pros

    This is the fastest spyware program I've ever used, and it doesn't seem to miss much.

    Cons

    I would like to have automatic updating instead of manual.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best malware program"

    September 11, 2009  |   By GBTrevor

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40

    Pros

    Finds latest Trojans and Fake Virus Alerts that mose AV packages miss, also found it removes many Rootkits. Has never let me/my customers down. Will remove registry entries left behind by other removal software

    Cons

    None that I have come across,

    Summary

    Do not waste time with other spyware removers (I have tried most) and just use this one, a good 'second opinion' scan for your Anti Virus program!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very easy to use"

    September 10, 2009  |   By ctsnider

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40

    Pros

    this has not crashed my computer and really diggs deep

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    would recomend this product

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A Massive Waste Of Time!!"

    September 10, 2009  |   By tr3bl3r

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40

    Pros

    Trust me, there is nothing good at all to say.

    Cons

    Demonstrates on behalf of the developers that very little research goes into this software as they continuously publish software that simply does not work, especially as advertised.

    Summary

    Don't believe the developer's hype and all these fake 5 star reviews. This software is abominable and highly ineffective. I have heard nothing but negative things about this software from the people I know who have heard of it and tried it. I have experienced nothing good with it from any of the previous versions and I can confirm this one is no better. Don't even bother downloading it.

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