Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 5989 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:
129,615,405
Downloads Last Week:
113,047
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

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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    4.4

    out of 5989 votes

    • 5 star: 3948
    • 4 star: 1401
    • 3 star: 228
    • 2 star: 131
    • 1 star: 281
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    4.7

    out of 50 votes

    • 5 star: 36
    • 4 star: 13
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    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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    Results 1-10 of 37

  • 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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  • 5 stars

    "A necessity on my computer."

    July 24, 2014   |   By SaverScriven

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Conducive to work

    Cons

    Being used,I feel pretty good .

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  • 5 stars

    "Best free utility"

    July 22, 2014   |   By HogenSenft

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Great tool, no nagging appearance.

    Cons

    No so far !!!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Worst software ever"

    July 19, 2014   |   By arlouette

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing

    Cons

    Never actually had a malware problem until after I download this, then I had a lot of issues with malware
    It force restarts computer ALL the time
    It does not run properly
    It doesn't do anything good for my computer

    Summary

    I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, it's horrible. It does absolutely nothing right and screws up your computer. If only I could give it 0 stars.

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  • 1 stars

    "does not work on my computer"

    July 18, 2014   |   By earl3400

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    can not find any

    Cons

    will run the program and as the program is running, the Allstate commercial, time Warner, and other ads will be running. when the program is finished, it will say no problem.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great product, fast and easy"

    July 15, 2014   |   By BarracloughHazelton

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Has every useful function

    Cons

    Nothing, its a great program!

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  • 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.

    Updated on Jul 28, 2014

    I've now discovered that this V2 won't do a selective scan, eg. on a specific file or folder. Instead it just does a standard scan. Absolutely useless.

    I managed to find a website that provided the older v1.75, but it hangs whenever I tried to update the malware database, which suggests that the developers have shut off the server that feeds v1.75. Terrible. I've taken the whole thing off now and am going to try something else such as Search & Destroy. Malwarebytes can go out of business for all I care, they deserve it.

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