Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 5981 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.65
File Size:
16.49MB
Date Added:
October 17, 2012
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available; $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
129,473,498
Downloads Last Week:
102,094
Product ranking:
#2 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

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 Versions:

    4.4

    out of 5981 votes

    • 5 star: 3944
    • 4 star: 1399
    • 3 star: 228
    • 2 star: 131
    • 1 star: 279
  • Current Version:

    4.7

    out of 50 votes

    • 5 star: 36
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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    Results 1-10 of 28

  • 1 stars

    "Awful - a big step backwards"

    July 10, 2014   |   By spartain

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    It detects malware

    Cons

    It always hangs ("not responding") after performing a database update.
    The database update is slow, and much slower than with the previous version.
    The interface is unnecessarily awkward - clearly designed by moronic geeks.
    It often closes down active programs.

    Summary

    Version 1 was good, it was seamless in operation and easy to figure out. However, somy idiotic geeks have clearly been let loose on this and have turned version 2 into an extreme irritant. Are they trying to annoy us people who live outside of the Starship Enterprise?

    One two occasions I had my music creation software (Mixcraft 6) open, as well as Google Chrome, but after I started the scan, they were just terminated - and it was lucky I had only made a small adjustment that I'm able to recreate.

    If this garbage update is not sorted out soon, I'll be removing the whole thing from my computer and move to something else.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple and efficient"

    July 10, 2014   |   By ReimanParadis

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Great interface

    Cons

    Can't thinks of any.

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  • 4 stars

    "Not a fan of V2"

    July 09, 2014   |   By Lygalyn

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Does quick scans.

    Cons

    confusing menu.
    Less friendly to use.
    Old screen was uncomplicated and easy to read.
    Seems to be too much splash and fat and not enough lean meat.

    Summary

    It's free.

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  • 5 stars

    "A software worth having."

    July 07, 2014   |   By PilapilKleiman

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Nice layout

    Cons

    None that I can see.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works perfectly."

    July 07, 2014   |   By BashirStack

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Simple and efficient

    Cons

    Now nothing bad .....

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  • 1 stars

    "use to be the best!!!"

    July 07, 2014   |   By kevinscomputers

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Me and about 50 people I know are grandfathered into old contract for life, before they got greedy!

    Cons

    Everything from graphic confusion to absolutely no control of anything that it does!

    Summary

    Version 1.75 and previous worked fantastic, everything was clean and easy to control and understand. They must have been bought out by a lame graphic oriented company because everything is clumsy and uncontrollable now in version 2.

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  • 5 stars

    "Amazing Improvement and Detection Rate"

    June 27, 2014   |   By Not-My-Problem

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    *Easy to navigate user interface.
    *Automated tasks.
    *High detection rate.
    *Improved from version 1.0
    *Faster scans

    Cons

    *Confusing and misleading scan names.
    *A full scan isn't available. You need to actually perform a custom scan and select the whole hard drive.
    *Slows down the computer, even if you disable real time protection.

    Summary

    Malwarebytes 2.0 is a good program, and I recommend it. Your computer status is displayed on the home screen which is nice, the scans are very fast, the new notification style opposed to the original balloon message is much easier to read and provides many options, real time protection is greatly improved, the detection rate is noticeably higher, and you have much more flexibility in options. I like the new look, too. I don't like how it uses up so much memory, though, even if I disable real time protection. There also isn't a way to disable Malwarebytes completely, so I have to uninstall it if I want to do something which it deters/blocks. I also think that the process of it should be protected, because I could end it in task manager which means that my protection by it stops.

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  • 1 stars

    "Crap update"

    June 26, 2014   |   By chantalbristow

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    none whatsoever since the old one was simpler and actually working!!!!!

    Cons

    After two hours of pre-scanning in progress I gave up...

    Summary

    Do not use it until they have made it user friendly again

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple and effective"

    June 26, 2014   |   By GehrigSerafin

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    Never any problems

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  • 1 stars

    "wast of time"

    June 24, 2014   |   By gallowgate49

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    worked for the first day ,

    Cons

    after first day it was useless, then it said database is out of date, so i clicked "UPDATE NOW" still would not up date ,it kept asking me to update time after time,

    Summary

    wished i had not updated to the newer version as the old version was the best no bother at all,

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