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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

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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 5,938 votes

    • 5 star: 3927
    • 4 star: 1388
    • 3 star: 225
    • 2 star: 130
    • 1 star: 267
  • Current version:

    4.7 stars

    out of 50 votes

    • 5 star: 36
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best companion for my antivirus software!"

    December 27, 2012  |   By IamtheComputerScientist

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

    Pros

    1. It blocks any kind of suspicious malware trying to attack your PC.
    2. Easy to use interface.
    3. Faster in detecting and blocking internet viruses than the antivirus software installed with it.
    4. Prompts the user to update its definitions and the program version itself.
    5. Cool new icon and interface for the version 1.70.0.110

    Cons

    1. Not that fast during a cold boot (the first time you open the software after startup).
    2. The diaglog window that appears during an update hangs most of the time.
    3. Slow scans.

    Summary

    Malwarebtyes Anti-Malware is the best companion for an antivirus software, especially for the free antiviruses around. It blocks what most antivirus softwares miss most, and a great internet protection.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "system kept crashing & after the download, it was fixed"

    December 24, 2012  |   By SAWierzbicki

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

    Pros

    EXTREMELY QUICK AND THOROUGH

    Cons

    NONE, NO CONS... .

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best program for identifying and removing malware"

    December 23, 2012  |   By bobmort

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

    Pros

    Fully functional free version
    One time fee for upgrade rather than annual subscription

    Cons

    Some malware actively blocks its installation

    Summary

    I have used this program many times to remove malware from computers of friends and family and recommend it highly

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So far, The best malware remove ever !"

    December 23, 2012  |   By SMIDJ

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

    Pros

    It does what it's supposed to do, remove malwares :)

    Cons

    So far, Nothing problems with this, I suggest them to make a trial (30-day) version of the full program so we can try the full version within 30 days :)

    Summary

    I have a cracked version of Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus and I know there's a virus regarding with the cracker that I used, I tried to detect them with my current Antivirus but my antivirus that I'm using can't detect the virus file, Then I called my friend for information regarding the virus and to remove it my friend said to me to use "Malware bytes Anti-malware" and I came to this site to find it and I installed and scanned my user, I got 3 malwares that my other antivirus doesn't detect, I cleaned it and repeated with my other 3 users and now, my computer is safe from malware and will not get malware anymore so I'll let the program sit on my computer and I'll use whenever I feel I've downloaded a suspicious files :)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Malware & Virus Protection!"

    December 21, 2012  |   By russell887

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

    Pros

    The best at cleaning up infected systems...used everyday by trusted professionals every where.I would not run my system without the Pro version myself..A must have.

    Cons

    Full system scan takes a long time but does a good thorough search.

    Summary

    This is an A+ program for ridding your sytsem of unwanted malware & viruses.I Absolutly Love this program!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best bad guy hunter available!!!"

    December 20, 2012  |   By jearl01

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

    Pros

    The most thorough malware I've ever used and it's FREE!!!

    Cons

    Full scan is quite lengthy

    Summary

    As a Techie I install this on every computer I work on and I highly recommend it!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very strong"

    December 20, 2012  |   By mlgold

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

    Pros

    Easy to start up and use

    Cons

    Paid version should be for 3 computers

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Product"

    December 14, 2012  |   By Trucky58

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

    Pros

    Fast, and it does what it says

    Cons

    Price of the upgrade

    Summary

    hopefully they can come with a simple free version and stop the trial version which I really hate, thanks.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Malware Bytes is a no frills, no fuss, malware killer."

    December 10, 2012  |   By marto6912

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

    Pros

    Great features, simple to use, antivirus scanner.
    File assasin tool gets the job done with no fuss at all.
    Flash scan in pro version scans memory, and auto run objects quickly,for example, two hundred thousand files in under ten seconds.
    Chameleon feature provides protected path to update centre, before running a very aggressive known malicious processes killer. Will get you out of sticky situations fast, without any fuss.
    Blocks malicious web sites coming in, and going out.
    Designed to run along side other anti virus programs without conflict.
    Inexpensive.

    Cons

    No cons here. Malware Bytes does what it says it is going to do.

    Summary

    Malware Bytes is a great anti malware program, and has some excellent features, however, the program is not yet complete enough to use as the only source of anti malware detection on your machine, for example, Malware Bytes does not detect, and remove tracking cookies. Malware Bytes is a great second line of defence anti malware program.

    Go the licensed Pro Version, for a few dollars this anti malware program gives a big bang for it's buck.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "found two trojans I couldn't get out with other program"

    December 9, 2012  |   By mb73gt

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.65

    Pros

    found trojans

    Cons

    none I know of

    Summary

    good weapon

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