Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 6013 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.65
  • Total Downloads:
    130,827,888
  • Date Added:
    October 17, 2012
  • File Size:
    18.91MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    90,611
  • 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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"Excellent, and the best of the rest"

October 18, 2014  |  By georgesorina1

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.3.1025

Pros

It gets it (adware and spyware) every time

Cons

none, and I have been using for more then a year

Summary

The best out of everything that is up there.

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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
    5. Upgrading from a previous version on Windows Vista or Windows 7 may result in the protection module starting with a delay.
    6. The protection module does not start with Windows under under certain conditions.
    7. Scans sometimes complete prematurely.
General
Publisher Malwarebytes
Publisher web site http://www.malwarebytes.org
Release Date October 17, 2012
Date Added October 17, 2012
Version 1.65
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 7, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 18.91MB
File Name mbam-setup-2.0.3.1025.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 130,827,888
Downloads Last Week 90,611
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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