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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.

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The bottom line: A lack of recent substantive updates haven't prevented Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from staying on top of the on-demand malware-killing mountain.

Review:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a surprisingly effective anti-malware tool given that it hasn't received any major updates in the past few years. Sure, the scans are a bit faster and the installation is definitely smoother, but overall the product remains unaltered.

Installation
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM as it's often abbreviated, has a rapid installation process that simultaneously loads the program onto your computer and updates its detection engine when you run the installer. The whole process took under 5 minutes on our computer.

Interface
MBAM is no paragon of design aesthetics, but it is usable. It opens directly to its Scanner tab, and offers eight other tabs in a horizontal row. Few options per tab keep down the clutter.

What it lacks in visual pop it makes up for in utility. The rest of the tabs let you access the updater, quarantine, scan logs, the ignore list, program settings, and the FileAssassin tool for deleting locked files. The About tab tells you relevant program information, such as version number, while the Protection tab provides access to the real-time protection features. If you're in the freeware version, Protection provides a near-instantaneous, one-click path to upgrade to the trial.

However useful MBAM is, the text-heavy interface clearly identifies it as a tool for power users, although there are more complicated malware removal tools out there. Considering that the program's major function is to scan, and that's generally a one-click process, we'd like to see a more accessible interface in the future.

Features and support
Malwarebytes' primary feature is to scan your computer for the bad guys, and on that level it's quite successful. It offers a quick scan, a full scan, and a flash scan to analyze memory and autorun objects. It comes with Malwarebytes' proprietary Chameleon technology, which lets the program install on many infected computers even when the malware blocks other detection tools.

MBAM supports multiple drive scanning including networked drives, context menu options including a scan-on-demand function for individual files, and the FileAssassin option under the More Tools section for removing locked files.

In the premium version, the Protection controls block zero-day infections from malicious sites and files, along with the scheduler. We'd prefer one or the other be available in the free version, since many full security suites offer both in their paid versions.

MBAM has built its reputation as one of the pre-eminent malware removers over the years on a nearly entirely word-of-mouth campaign. Extra features are lacking, historically. This is only marginally more than a one-function wonder, but it's so good at what it does that it's practically required for you to have it.

Performance
Malwarebytes is a relatively speedy malware remover, with the quick scan taking about 7 minutes and 30 seconds to finish 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.

Surprisingly, the premium Protection component didn't slow down startup times, even when it's configured to start with Windows.

Conclusions
Overall, though, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a responsive malware remover that does what it says it will, and with a minimum of fuss. The cost of the premium upgrade is a bit steep given what the free version can do, but it's a fair price if you feel more comfortable paying for your computer security.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 5,942 votes

    • 5 star: 3927
    • 4 star: 1390
    • 3 star: 226
    • 2 star: 130
    • 1 star: 268
  • Current version:

    4.0 stars

    out of 71 votes

    • 5 star: 40
    • 4 star: 15
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 4.0 stars

    "It works well."

    September 5, 2012  |   By CharlesWDavis

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.62

    Pros

    I am a volunteer tech for our computer club of over 1,600 members. I routinely install Malwarebytes, SUPERAntiSpyware and Spybot Search & Destroy on heavily infected computers. As a team they will generally clean the most heavily infected machine. I then run them in Safe Mode. I am amused and somewhat perplexed by the coments of those that have posted that they run two anti-virus programs. That's a no-no.

    Cons

    It does seem to be a bit slow, but on my own computer, I start it as I retire for the night.

    Summary

    Most will find that the last one to run will find the least number of infected files or none.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Indispensable"

    September 4, 2012  |   By kevmalone

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.62

    Pros

    Regular updates
    File level scanning integrated with windows right-click menu

    Cons

    Can run a little long

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Too busy. Convoluted frontpage. Not compatible with AVG"

    September 4, 2012  |   By 1nogeek

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.62

    Pros

    Does not interfere behind the scene. Seems to be effective as I have had not problems, however, I still run AVG by not using portions of Malwarebytes.

    Cons

    Unfriendly

    Summary

    I keep it because I paid for it and it is not causing me harm. I still don't fully trust it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Reliable, powerful and fast"

    September 2, 2012  |   By locogato

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.62

    Pros

    Catches every bug that you may have, it works non-intrusively and you can use the windows task scheduler to launch it.

    Cons

    It does not provide a realtime shield, the major cause for system slowdown in most antivirus suites. I suggest trying WinPatrol for a good compromise in that area, or stick to WinDefender.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The program does what it promises without fanfare!"

    August 31, 2012  |   By lhhansen7

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.62

    Pros

    The first time I ran Malwarebytes it found three pieces of malware that Norton 360 had routinely missed for several weeks. I feel much more secure having Malwarebytes on the job for me as a backup to Norton.

    Cons

    After several weeks of use I have yet to find anything to complain about.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fantastic, just great"

    August 30, 2012  |   By kasimodo

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.62

    Pros

    Easy to use,works great, price is right

    Cons

    nothing that comes to mind

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I like the "pro-active""

    August 29, 2012  |   By DonnieWDavis

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.62

    Pros

    Easy download, easy operation and update.

    Cons

    The price is a little much in my oponion.

    Summary

    I am running 2 malware and anti-virus programs on my PC now. I will have to make a choice. Because running more than 2 slows down the speed and preformance.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "For what it does it's top notch."

    August 29, 2012  |   By StarNStripe

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.62

    Pros

    Scans thoroughly and quickly.

    Cons

    No automatic scanning.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It's o.k., but....."

    August 29, 2012  |   By Kateri Tekakwitha

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.62

    Pros

    I'm afraid, not so much "pros" from me.

    Cons

    It does find a few things here and there, mostly harmless tracking cookies, but very few really serious malware software. If I run Advanced System Care or Super Anti-spyware immediately after it, they usually find a lot of stuff that Malwarebytes didn't find. This seems to be a consistent pattern, so even though I do have it installed on my computer, I don't rely on it for my primary protection.

    Summary

    Probably good to have, but there is better software available to do the job.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Beware!Played havoc on my computer"

    August 29, 2012  |   By Lazysusan101

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.62

    Pros

    Worked good for one month until they wanted me to buy it

    Cons

    I didn't buy the software. When I uninstalled it and restarted my computer it had changed 500%. Something is running constantly in the background, programs esp browsers take incredibly long time to open. I removed malwarebytes from my registry, that helped some. But I still haven't gotten my computer back to par. I think they should pay for my computer

    Summary

    Cnet and malwarebytes you owe me a new computer. I cannot restore my computer to the working condiition it was in before I installed malwarebytes.....beware the "free" stuff folks!

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