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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

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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 versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 5,937 votes

    • 5 star: 3927
    • 4 star: 1388
    • 3 star: 225
    • 2 star: 129
    • 1 star: 267
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 197 votes

    • 5 star: 115
    • 4 star: 57
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Super effective on finding and removing viruses"

    December 27, 2011  |   By californiag

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300

    Pros

    Very easy to download, install and use, the updates are timely, and it also found issues on my computer that my Avast! antivirus pro could not find

    Cons

    None, haven't had any problems yet

    Summary

    My computer had decreased slowly in speed, and at times while i was browsing the internet, my computer would lock up and restart by itself, I eventually checked all of my computers hardware and found nothing wrong, everything was up to date, so the first thought that came to mind was my computer was infected.

    I decided to download and install Malware Bytes to scan my computer for any problems, and to my amazement it found a trojan and tons of malware, it then quarinted these problems and removed them, thus my computer began to run properly again. I highly recommend this program for removing viruses off of infected computers.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Found major Trojan my paid AVG protection missed!"

    December 26, 2011  |   By levans999

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300

    Pros

    Very thorough
    Free

    Cons

    Zero, zilch, nada

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Seems to be working fine on my Vista Laptop"

    December 25, 2011  |   By sidel1932

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300

    Pros

    Downloaded and installed easily.
    Has already spotted two ad-trackers, and made it easy to quarantine them

    Cons

    Earlier version didn't save me from "XP Internet Security 2012" on my XP computer. I don't know if any program can stop that malware package before it shuts you down.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Super and great to have"

    December 25, 2011  |   By clarkson813

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300

    Pros

    I have this on all my family's computers

    Cons

    Not perfect but still very good to have.

    Summary

    As a free program status, this is a super program to have around.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very handy protection to have."

    December 25, 2011  |   By samali51

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300

    Pros

    Timely and up to date

    Cons

    I am not qualified enough to give any.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Finds stuff others do not; is seldom blocked by viruses"

    December 24, 2011  |   By lightft

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300

    Pros

    a good backup - other AV programs will still install and run if this is on the system and not runniong

    Cons

    NO AV program catches everything and this is no exception.

    Summary

    MWB is at the top of my toolkit when I have a badly infected system. I usually throw a suite of 7 programs at it and have yet to have an unsuccessful cleaning. Which programs are included or run in which order changes about every six months depending on who has released what in that time. For the users who don't do regular backups, but do keep their only copy of critical data, music or photos on their PC, this is far nicer than doing a quick wipe and saying "sorry, but..."

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It REALLY works!"

    December 24, 2011  |   By Tekabulary

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300

    Pros

    It finds the issues that Norton does not fix.

    Cons

    Sometimes it fights with the anti-virus programs

    Summary

    I recommend this as a starting point to making a computer run properly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent!Part of a good team. Even Microsoft uses it."

    December 23, 2011  |   By markwinkle1

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300

    Pros

    My computer was hacked twice in the past week. Microsoft Assist used Malware Bytes to remove the Anti Spyware 2012 "hijacker" and Trojans that (MSSE) allowed onto my system through their own download center. Malware Bytes allowed me to Quarantine and then remove each program. This took several scans to remove the many threats.
    The hacker is on the run from the police, and I no longer have (MSSE) on my computer as the viruses killed it and Microsoft Malware Removal.

    Cons

    Respected scans may be necessary to remove every malware program. You need then to unplug and reboot your DSL router so the hackers can't find you as easily. I now use AV! and Malware Byte's Anti-Malware.

    Summary

    Use as a combination and a backup program in case your "real time" protection is killed. Save a copy to a flash drive to use in Safe Mode in case your computer is hacked.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best at finding viruses"

    December 23, 2011  |   By kyle3389

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300

    Pros

    The scan finds viruses that other scanners could not! Also once you pay for it you never have to pay (its a one time subscription)

    Cons

    The real time protection could be better, But it still works great!

    Summary

    THE BEST

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wouldn't run the computer without it !"

    December 23, 2011  |   By bigpygme

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300

    Pros

    I have the professional version, but have used the free version for years before paying this year. Very good recognition and removal of malware.

    Cons

    I've read that it may not remove everything it identifies, but i have not seen that problem in my own work.

    Summary

    A key program in my little anti-malware arsenal. That and SAS are about all i really use anymore, since Spybot S&R went the way of the dinosaur.

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