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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 User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 5,941 votes

    • 5 star: 3927
    • 4 star: 1389
    • 3 star: 226
    • 2 star: 130
    • 1 star: 268
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 97 votes

    • 5 star: 72
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "It works as described, great!"

    July 11, 2012  |  

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61

    Pros

    Easy to use and scans fairly fast.

    Cons

    I have no cons to list

    Summary

    I've used the free version and the paid version. They are both great and easy to use. I will continue to use it and install it on all my computers.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "nice anti malware"

    July 10, 2012  |   By khuck31

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61

    Pros

    it is always blocking and protecting you if you buy it.

    Cons

    none that I have found.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I absolutely LOVE this program!!"

    July 10, 2012  |   By cnetica

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61

    Pros

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a Free and excellent-superior program when compared to others, imo. I've used it for many years now and found that it outperforms McAfee,Norton & Kaspersky in finding every type of malware on the web today. Also, it's much lighter, and won't bog down your system.

    A few years ago, a friend's computer was infected with almost 16,000 viruses/malware. No, that's not a typo! Malwarebytes (a.k.a. MBAM) was the main program I used in disinfecting the system successfully. I use it on a daily basis, and am a proud user of the program.

    Those "in the know" realize early that it's a must-have for the security tech or enthusiast's toolbox!

    After installation and opening of the program, it offers a trial period to use the Professional version which isn't necessary, but helpful in keeping your computer much more secure on the web. Recommended to the planet!

    Cons

    Doesn't provide the Professional version for free :(

    Summary

    One of the ultimate security programs in existence!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "still a good free one click program"

    July 9, 2012  |   By palsdad1946

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61

    Pros

    as a free program it takes care of your computer with one click

    Cons

    after 5 years still waiting

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Free and effective"

    July 9, 2012  |   By irdaneel

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61

    Pros

    Easy to update. Easy to run.

    Thorough and relatively speedy scans.

    Clear and understandable interface.

    Reliable operation (the program never hangs).

    Cons

    No automation. No active scanning. (Hence the 4-Star rating. Otherwise it would be a 5-Star)

    Summary

    Malwarebytes is an easy to use, effective, manual malware removal tool. The lack of resident support leaves you at risk of getting hit now and again, but it also consumes no resources. If you are religious about updating and running the program, your chances of catching and eliminating problem software is good.

    I have not purchased their paid versions yet, but am very close to doing so, just to get the realtime protection, and to have automatic scans. (I'm tired of being "religious" on 5 computers.)

    If I weren't so cheap, I'd have probably bought this years ago.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great but slow in Windows 7 64 bit"

    July 6, 2012  |   By Dad_of_4

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61

    Pros

    Found Malware that Virus Scan missed.
    Sped up system

    Cons

    Slow in Windows 7 64 bit OS in full scan mode.
    Program cannot utilize speed of multicore processor

    Summary

    I used this program because it came highly recommended, but it took 4 hours and 29 minutes to do a complete scan my desk top computer with Windows 7 pro and took 1 hour 38 minutes with the lap top with Windows 7 home premium, both are 64 bit systems. The desk top has a terabyte black cavier drive that is 10% full, so I was surprised at how long it took since the desk top is a quad-core processor at 3 Ghz.

    With that said, Malwarebytes found 154 Trojans/etc that were slowing dowm the desktop and found 51 on the Lap top. The lap top has been in service only since Dec 2011 or 7 months.

    I have yet to scan the netbook, the children use for homework. It has Windows 7 basic. Not sure if it is 64 or 32 bit OS. But the ACER netbook has some quirks in Windows 7 and may not be a fair comparison.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT FREEWARE! - THIS IS TRIALWARE!!!"

    July 4, 2012  |   By SaintlyMic

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61

    Pros

    NONE!
    DELETED THIS CRAPPY SOFTWARE AS SOON AS IT TRIED TO INSTALL OTHER SOFTWARE!!!

    Cons

    THIS IS A COMPLETE CON!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "#1 HITMANPRO #2 MBAM! PERIOD! I CAUGHT 100k VIRUS TODAY"

    July 3, 2012  |   By superantivirustester007

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61

    Pros

    USE IT AND ULL C 4 URSELF....

    Cons

    AW CUMON.....OK- NONE!

    Summary

    ONCE U USE THIS U WILL C 4 URSELF HOW IT CHASES AWAY MALWARE/VIRUSES...BUT WHAT MALWAREBYTES MISSES GETS CAUGHT WITH HITMANPRO...GOOGLE IT>(HITMANPRO)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best anti malware!!!!!"

    June 29, 2012  |   By games_onlys_1997

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61

    Pros

    Detect and remove most of the virus.

    Cons

    Don't think so.

    Summary

    Light anti-Malware and does not slow down your PC.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "First time user"

    June 28, 2012  |   By mimilew

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61

    Pros

    Great! Appears to have solved my problem.

    Cons

    None that I've encountered.

    Summary

    Thanks for a great program.

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