Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 6024 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.65
  • Total Downloads:
    131,179,939
  • Date Added:
    September 11, 2012
  • File Size:
    18.91MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    107,176
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

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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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 52 votes

    • 5 star 29
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 3
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    out of 6024 votes

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    • 3 star 230
    • 2 star 135
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4 stars

"Great Anti-Malware Program"

October 17, 2012  |  By WillComputerGuy2015

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

Pros

I have the free version of Malwarebytes and it is great! My computer was really slow and had redirecting issues and Malwarebytes found 156 pieces of malware and now my PC is fine.

Cons

The only cons are sometimes while updating it can freeze or stop.

Summary

In all I think Mbam is a great tool to have from removing malware.

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2 stars

"Not so good for me..."

October 17, 2012  |  By BrazilianBoy2

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

Pros

found 3 malware don't detected by avast and avg. Fast scan.

Cons

after install, need to restart, then my windows seven 64bit professional get problems! error message: bootmgr not found!

Summary

Good option to additional scan, but unhappily after install and restart need the original windows setup disc to restore bootmgr.

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4 stars

"second best free scanner"

October 16, 2012  |  By cnetguy7

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

Pros

-good detection and removal rates
-free
-low fps
-regular updates
-tried and tested, trusted software

Cons

-may crash on older systems

Summary

MBAM is a good to have scanner on the system particularly if you're using free AVs.
If you're scanning with Malwarebytes, it's advisable to be off the internet a while, disable your proactive AV temporarily as the AV intrudes upon MBAM 's detection.
The paid version works well with most AVs as a second line of real-time defense and it's not too expensive.
In my opinion, Emsisoft anti-malware free version exceeds malwarebytes in scanning speeds. Emsisoft's detection and removal rates far exceed anything out there, free at least. The drawback is that Emsisoft does have slightly higher false positives than MBAM but lower than Comodo cleaning essentials. Emsisoft's detection is lauded by industry experts consistently having 98% or better detection rate. it saved me lots of headaches.
I am not pushing any product but I know the headaches everyone feels, the valuable time wasted on fixing infected systems, reformatting so i am merely offering my opinion.

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5 stars

"THE BEST PROTECTION YOU CAN GET!!!!!!!"

October 15, 2012  |  By revmarkmignery

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

Pros

This program found over 3000....Yes 3000 bugs on my system that Microsoft's wanaware didn't even bother with!!! Then it did keep my system safe...I see it as the "SHOCK" you pour into your pool every year (or more if you have kids...lol) Then back off and let your usual software take over. Cause the total scan takes a long time..Time I just don't have..But once a week...It's time worth spent!

Cons

Long scan times....

Summary

Best Malware program of the year!!!!!!!

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3 stars

"Generally good."

October 14, 2012  |  By Leveritas

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

Pros

The program actually did its job, which is rare in partially free software. It wasn't much of a hassle to install and the program doesn't force you to install other material from sponsors.

Cons

The program doesn't FORCE you to install programs from sponsors, but it is pressed on several times in the download and installment, which can get a little annoying. The program works perfectly, even in the free version, but I have one point of criticism. Malwarebytes does not ask your permission to block programs or websites, it simply does. I'm perfectly aware of the programs I use and I want to be asked if Malwarebytes should block it, not the other way around. If that isn't what most other users think, simply put up a screen in the installment, asking whether you're a new user (The program will decide what it does or doesn't block) or an advanced user (The program will instead ask you for permission to block a site or program).

Summary

Great program, little hard to keep in check.

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5 stars

"Nice n easy!"

October 14, 2012  |  By dadd222

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

Pros

easy to install and great self updating

Cons

none at this time

Summary

quick and easy to use and efficient at what it does best removing MALWARE!

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1 stars

"Win 7 Black screen after re-boot"

October 14, 2012  |  By quadlock13

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

Pros

none - observe great caution with Win 7 SP1 - read Cons

Cons

Biggy - After download and install to Win 7 SP1 got black screen of death with mouse cursor active and nothing else after re-boot. Booted to safe mode not using f8 but after forcing power off (hold in on/off until computer powers off) I chose safe mode as option on re-start and computer booted to it - removed malwarebytes using control panel and the computer rebooted normally - Did scan with AVG Free computer was clean - guess this does not work with Win 7 - probably says that somewhere but I didn't see it!

Summary

Didn't work for me and Google search shows I'm not alone

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5 stars

"Malwarebytes is good"

October 13, 2012  |  By pauly1651

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

Pros

Works for me without any problems.

Cons

None none none

Summary

Don't know about he others, but this product works, and has saved me and my PC's from some nasty stuff.

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5 stars

"Excellent Anti-Malware Tool"

October 12, 2012  |  By JonathanPDX

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

Pros

Exceptional piece of software that makes detection and removal of most malware a breeze. While provided for free, which in itself is wonderful, with the Licensed version, real-time protection is added, and at such a low cost, it should be on everyone's PC. It's interface is simple yet effective, and it even runs in Safe Mode.

Cons

Not perfect...yet.

Summary

A necessary tool in any Windows-based user or technician's arsenal against malware. Constantly being updated and improved to help prevent the infection and spread of many, many types of malware.

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4 stars

"appears to have removed the 'fedex' trojan - excellent"

October 09, 2012  |  By keithofhanwood

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

Pros

easy to use, good speed

Cons

cn't think of any

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.65
Version 1.65 includes:

New Features:
    1. Implemented comprehensive API's for controlling settings and configuration for Business customers
    2. Added ability to import/export settings for Business Customers
    3. "Exit" option now removed from the tray when 'limitedusermode' is enabled for Business customers
    4. Future versions will be able to upgrade without requiring a reboot after installation
    5. Protection module now controllable for the entire machine instead of being limited to individual user accounts
    6. Filesystem Blocking and Website Blocking can be enabled or disabled separately via the Protection tab
    7. Protection logs now show when malicious file execution blocking is enabled or disabled
    8. Realtime protection may now be cleanly terminated via the 'Exit' option in the tray without leaving any running processes
    9. Japanese language support added
Improvements:
    1. Malwarebytes Chameleon enhanced to be even more effective against the latest threats
    2. Realtime protection now starts much faster on Windows Vista and Windows 7
    3. Eliminated performance issues caused by database updates and Ignore List manipulation on Windows Vista and Windows 7
    4. Pop-ups for threats detected by realtime protection cannot be minimized
    5. All registry settings are now stored under HKLM
Issues Fixed:
    1. Saving logs to custom locations after scans now works correctly
    2. Context menu setting is now honored correctly after performing a program upgrade
    3. Users who have previously completed the trial will not be prompted to start the trial upon upgrade or re-installation
    4. Dates and times of items listed in the Quarantine are now displayed correctly
General
Publisher Malwarebytes
Publisher web site http://www.malwarebytes.org
Release Date September 11, 2012
Date Added September 11, 2012
Version 1.65
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 18.91MB
File Name mbam-setup-2.0.3.1025.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 131,179,939
Downloads Last Week 107,176
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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