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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

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

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 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 107 votes

    • 5 star: 65
    • 4 star: 26
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 2.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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