Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 5995 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.61
File Size:
16.49MB
Date Added:
April 09, 2012
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available; $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
130,083,820
Downloads Last Week:
98,130
Product ranking:
#1 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note:

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

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

    out of 5995 votes

    • 5 star: 3951
    • 4 star: 1401
    • 3 star: 230
    • 2 star: 132
    • 1 star: 281
  • Current Version:

    4.5

    out of 97 votes

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

    "it's corrupted"

    August 18, 2014   |   By merrittolsen

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    it seemed to block incoming stuff as indicated by pop ups

    Cons

    1 day after the update it is not working..Going to the site to install tells me I have it already..Going to try and un-install and it won't let me saying Their are missing files..So 1 day after update my Malwarebytes is not working (and my computer restarts every few minutes to hours too)

    Summary

    Not sure if I trust something that according to other sites that can be disabled by the very things its supposed to stop..

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  • 3 stars

    "Been having problems with this software since Version 2"

    August 10, 2014   |   By DakotaSpirit

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Use to be good, but something went wrong in version 2 creation, updater keeps corrupting etc etc...

    Cons

    I see by their forum many are having problems with this software since version 2 came out. Most of which are it does not want to update, freezes up, false positives and other things. I myself have had some of these problems including it not liking games or at least some games. I have fussed with it till I am turning blue and now I am about to remove it entirely from my computer as it still is not working as it did in version 1. Such as shame, but I am not the only one having these problems now and they have known of them for some months now.

    Summary

    For some it might work alright, but for many it does not. Try at your own risk, I am now tired of fussing with it for over 3 months now trying to get it to work correctly. One of the big problems is, the updater keeps corrupting and it happens with many people, among from what I see on their forum there are many varried problems with this new version 2. Don't fix it, if it is not broken, version 1 was fine!

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  • 5 stars

    "Very beautiful for me"

    August 05, 2014   |   By EssaidLamberth

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    It's just great. Super easy to operate and understand.

    Cons

    I do not have any problem with it

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  • 3 stars

    "Preferred the older version"

    August 05, 2014   |   By howardferns

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    It finds bad stuff, including PUPs and PUMs.

    Cons

    Screen always takes a long time to appear when you start it. Often crashes during updating database version, then it asks you to click OK to terminate the program or Cancel to debug the program - either of these closes it down. Threat Scan (= full scan) takes around 25-35 minutes, far too long when you want to check in a hurry. I can't select Hyper Scan (= quick scan), I guess it's not an option on the free version.

    Summary

    I'm trying out other programs in the hope I'll find something else.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works nice, easy and fast"

    July 31, 2014   |   By AndelLash

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    It's a pretty good product

    Cons

    It is completely up to my expectation

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  • 5 stars

    "It's a pretty good product"

    July 31, 2014   |   By BucklinHomburg

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    It's a pretty good product

    Cons

    No cons from what I can see.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simply the best. Better than all the rest...etc"

    July 28, 2014   |   By ORLEYBISON

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    This is the still the most effective antimalware software available. I dont know what the other big companies are doing wrong but these guys pick up more than any other product I have ever used. The paid version is well worth the price.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any

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  • 5 stars

    "Still the best when it comes to scanning malware!"

    July 27, 2014   |   By Batchoy2

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Improved UI
    Easy to use
    Deep detection machine

    Cons

    It takes time to scan.

    Summary

    I still use and recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as a sort of second opinion.

    Until now, it can detect alot of malwares that were not detected by your primary AV. The free version is enough. Just do manual scanning during your spare time.

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  • 4 stars

    "Latest free version just as effective, but..."

    July 27, 2014   |   By limited_quartic

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Fast, very effective virus detection and cleaner. Better than a l lot of paid AV software out there. Always keep as backup and follow up scanner and cleaner to your standard AV software.

    Cons

    New interface sucks and not as intuitive. Everyone seems to be on this Windows 8 look bandwagon, and MWB failed miserably at it. Paid upgrade begs/nags in your face at all times. Seems a bit slower than previous versions, particularly with signature file updates. The full paid version (including real time protection) causes havoc with AV software like Bitdefender.

    Summary

    MWB ruined a good thing, although the software is still very effective at finding and cleaning malware and viruses. Don't recommend the paid version with realtime scanning. It really slows your PC down and causes issues.. particularly with other AV software like Bitdefender. However, I guess if you have the real time version of MWB you shouldn't be running another real time AV, so maybe that was the issue. But they should go back to their earlier UI. This one is horrible.

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  • 4 stars

    "New version not free"

    July 25, 2014   |   By richardkat

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Adequate protection against adware

    Cons

    Seems no free version after trial

    Summary

    I would prefer a reasonable time priced lifetime subscription (3 units)

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