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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 versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 5,935 votes

    • 5 star: 3926
    • 4 star: 1388
    • 3 star: 225
    • 2 star: 129
    • 1 star: 266
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 568 votes

    • 5 star: 329
    • 4 star: 170
    • 3 star: 29
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 28
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Avast misses a great deal"

    April 4, 2013  |   By GERRY RAINS

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1

    Pros

    When I installed avast several years ago I wondered why I was getting virtually no positive. I uninstalled it and installed AVG. AVG picked up 6 positive. I did not remove them. I uninstalled AVG and installed Avira. It picked up the same 6 positives. However it only was able to delete four of the six so I uninstalled Avira and went back to AVG which eradicated the two files that Avira had found but could not delete. I stayed with AVG for awhile and then went with an entire suite, Kaspersky with malwarebytes running twice a week.

    Cons

    I have no complaints against Malwarebytes. I think that it's an excellent program.

    Summary

    It never hurts to "get two opinions" and I use Malwarebytes to check what Kaspersky may have missed. It usually picks up something. Of course I also use CCleaner which IMHO is one of the best free pieces of software on the market.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It may efficient but it isn't free is it ?"

    January 29, 2013  |   By BLACKORCHIDuk

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1

    Pros

    It hasn't wiped all of my files ...that's about it

    Cons

    Took 2.5 hours to run and then the free version couldn't fix anything ...Also straight after registry changes crashed my system ...maybe not their fault but I wouldn't again

    Summary

    I Wouldn't

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  • 1.0 stars

    "sucks very much"

    August 8, 2012  |   By snipingassassin

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1

    Pros

    don't work good

    Cons

    buying may work but not sure

    Summary

    lies to me! i had a pirated file and it said it was malicious and when i scanned with avast it said the file was clean!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Can't be beat for free!"

    October 11, 2011  |   By Youngfan75

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1

    Pros

    I use the Verizon Internet Security by McAfee which is just OK. Also clean up after every browser session with CCLeaner. Mal-ware bytes usually finds things the others didn't. Would not be without it!

    Cons

    Really cannot think of any.

    Summary

    Use it with another anti-virus software package-get the best of both worlds.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent product"

    May 31, 2011  |   By bigmac462

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1

    Pros

    Locates problems that other software misses.

    Cons

    no problems noted

    Summary

    Excellent

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Software"

    May 31, 2011  |   By Rhea52

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1

    Pros

    My computer was slow & freezing; at one point I thought I needed a new computer. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1 discovered the bug and removed it at my request. My computer works like new again. I highly recommended this software

    Cons

    I have no complaints.

    Summary

    It a no brainer-FREE-the best Anti-Malware anywhere

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fast, easy, cheap (Like the best dates)"

    May 31, 2011  |   By ThinBear

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1

    Pros

    Ran quickly, caused no problems

    Cons

    None that I know of.

    Summary

    Didn't detect malware but I don't know that I have any.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's better than I anticipated."

    May 30, 2011  |   By TVaraphant

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1

    Pros

    I was surprised when Malwarebytes detected a virus, my installed Avast AntiVirus Free received "the ball" and took immediate action. What a surprised co-ordination.

    Cons

    Understandably missed real time guard.

    Summary

    It's must be 5 stars for a free antimalware.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malwarebytes Sucks, it is Not what it USED to BE ."

    May 30, 2011  |   By genmal

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1

    Pros

    It Cannot do anything anymore.

    Cons

    if you buy it , it might work.

    Summary

    not worth the money or what it used to be... better off with stopzilla or something like that.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Initial Clean up"

    May 30, 2011  |   By high_desert

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.50.1

    Pros

    Does a great job for a great number of Malware critters. Easy to use, updated on database often for current and new nasties, and does the job quickly.

    Cons

    While it catches most of the lines of infection and secondary anti-malware tool is recommended. Does not remove all root kits, and occassionally a more in depth removal process will be necessary.

    Summary

    Recommend it to customers along with a capable Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware program, Microsoft Security Essentials comes to mind. If you use the free version it will require manually running but if on a budget it will definitely do the job. Anything not removed by this program will required a level of expertise that may require a trained professional.

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