Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 6034 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.60
  • Total Downloads:
    131,670,580
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 28, 2011
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    19.5MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    108,894
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Note:

The Malwarebytes Free edition offers users the option of installing a trial version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro.

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.3

    out of 106 votes

    • 5 star 64
    • 4 star 26
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    4.4

    out of 6034 votes

    • 5 star 3973
    • 4 star 1405
    • 3 star 231
    • 2 star 138
    • 1 star 287
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2 stars

"Too many problems"

July 11, 2013  |  By glymzz

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60

Pros

Trial period works fine.

Cons

Bought Pro 1.75 and shortly after problems began, gray icon, slow start, slow downs.

Summary

After the problems began I search online for answers. I learn the gray icon problem isn't a new issue. Frustrated with the complicated do this and that, I uninstalled Malwarebytes Pro. The problems my systems was experiencing cleared up immediately, and haven't returned.
I request a refund. No reply from Malwarebytes days later. Presently waiting on 2nd follow up email asking about refund status.

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3 stars

"Not Great But Better Than Most"

January 30, 2012  |  By markymark99

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60

Pros

Easy to install and configure. Also very affordable.

Cons

It didn't find, alert me, or quarantine a common trojan virus on one of my computers. I discovered the virus by accident because my http server wouldn't load properly.

Summary

Never rely on anti-virus software alone. Know your computer.

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5 stars

"Always works perfectly for me."

January 30, 2012  |  By sharvey001

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60

Pros

Easy to use, fast and it does the job. My old pc is still running fine, but my mate, who has does not use malwarebytes, has crashed three pc's and thrown them away.

Cons

I don't really have any cons.

Summary

Look, I'm no expert, just an everyday person who wants to surf the net and have no technical crap to put up with. Sure I occassionally might accidentally find myself on a naughty site, but I don't deserve to have my pc destroyed because of this. Malwarebytes was recommended to me by techs at my server when I had some really bad virus problems, and it was the only free programme I could find, that fixed the problem. Try it, you've got nothing to lose.

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4 stars

"Does a pretty good job of removing threats."

January 28, 2012  |  By eubie12

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60

Pros

I use this to scan my computer at least once a week. A Trojan sneaked through somehow and set me back for a couple weeks. Malwarebytes cornered and removed this insult after a few times through. I now am in the process of restoring my computer to what it was, thanks to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

Cons

Full scan takes a long time, but it is very thorough.

Summary

I recommend this program for regular use. It will scan and remove just about any infection if you keep it's data base current.

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5 stars

"Every Windows user should have this on a flash drive"

January 27, 2012  |  By aninkling

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60

Pros

I rely on malwarebytes. I am a member of bleepingcomputer.com and their methodologies use malwarebytes. I own my own home and small business computer and network support business, so malwarebytes gets a lot of use.

Cons

False positives... not a problem for experienced users.

Summary

Everyone should have malwarebytes, at least on a flash drive, as part of your malware defense and removal methodology.

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4 stars

"Works well"

January 27, 2012  |  By f5gj2

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60

Pros

Prevents malicious websites from loading
Found infections that anti-virus did not

Cons

Haven't found any yet

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4 stars

"So far, so good."

January 27, 2012  |  By Kaktusnutzer

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60

Pros

Easy to set up and get it to do its job. Came highly recommended and doesn't disappoint.

Cons

I only ran it twice so far and haven't found any cons yet. I hope it will continue to only merit pros.

Summary

Free and performing well - what more can you ask for?
A note to CNET: Why ask for reviews so early after a download? Doesn't make much sense to me.

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5 stars

"Limited cost and great performance!"

January 26, 2012  |  By retiredtech

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60

Pros

1. One time cost of $24.95 not yearly!
2. Updates are automatic and behind the scenes.
3. This program will work with other virus checkers such as Microsoft Security Essentials and not confuse them.
4. It catches the 15% that the other commercial virus programs always miss.

Cons

1. Sometimes program version updates require the user to click on "install" to make it happen. I think the program version installs should be more automated.

Summary

Great paid program to use in conjunction with another free virus checker. The combination will keep your computer healthy.

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5 stars

"A Very Effective Freeware Anti-Malware Tool."

January 25, 2012  |  By Lumbridge

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60

Pros

Quick and easy to download. A simple yet effective program that removes trojans, malware and spyware.

Cons

I have nothing negative to say about this Product.

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5 stars

"I feel very safe from trojans etc with paid version"

January 25, 2012  |  By tweezie

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60

Pros

Has a great reputation

Cons

None that I can think of

Summary

I recommend this to all my PC friends.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.60
v1.60 Changelog

New Features:
  • Malwarebytes Chameleon technology gets Malwarebytes Anti-Malware running even when blocked by infection.
  • Incremental updates (paid version only).
  • Ability to password protect key program settings. (paid version only)
Improvements:
  • Improved reliability and performance of the update process.
  • Detection and removal engine enhancements.
  • System tray icon now dynamically displays selected language.
  • Settings for Protection Module behavior can be changed without protection being active.
  • Improved DOR (Delete On Reboot) technology to enhance threat removal process.
  • Restructured log formats to include greater detail on system information and detected threats.
  • Improved error messages to make them more user friendly.
  • Scheduled updates now occur within 15 minutes of scheduled time.
  • Custom log locations now displayed in Logs tab.
  • Protection logs can be saved in custom locations.
  • Program version release date now displayed on About tab.
Issues Fixed:
  • Fix for database not updating properly on Czech installations of Microsoft Windows.
  • Fix for certain scenarios where scans failed to complete.
General
Publisher Malwarebytes
Publisher web site http://www.malwarebytes.org
Release Date December 28, 2011
Date Added December 28, 2011
Version 1.60
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 19.5MB
File Name mbam-setup-2.0.4.1028.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 131,670,580
Downloads Last Week 108,894
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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