Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 5981 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.42
File Size:
16.49MB
Date Added:
December 03, 2009
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available; $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
129,473,498
Downloads Last Week:
102,094
Product ranking:
#2 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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

    out of 5981 votes

    • 5 star: 3944
    • 4 star: 1399
    • 3 star: 228
    • 2 star: 131
    • 1 star: 279
  • Current Version:

    4.4

    out of 217 votes

    • 5 star: 129
    • 4 star: 68
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 1 stars

    "Awful - a big step backwards"

    July 10, 2014   |   By spartain

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    It detects malware

    Cons

    It always hangs ("not responding") after performing a database update.
    The database update is slow, and much slower than with the previous version.
    The interface is unnecessarily awkward - clearly designed by moronic geeks.
    It often closes down active programs.

    Summary

    Version 1 was good, it was seamless in operation and easy to figure out. However, somy idiotic geeks have clearly been let loose on this and have turned version 2 into an extreme irritant. Are they trying to annoy us people who live outside of the Starship Enterprise?

    One two occasions I had my music creation software (Mixcraft 6) open, as well as Google Chrome, but after I started the scan, they were just terminated - and it was lucky I had only made a small adjustment that I'm able to recreate.

    If this garbage update is not sorted out soon, I'll be removing the whole thing from my computer and move to something else.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple and efficient"

    July 10, 2014   |   By ReimanParadis

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Great interface

    Cons

    Can't thinks of any.

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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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