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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 5,935 votes

    • 5 star: 3926
    • 4 star: 1388
    • 3 star: 225
    • 2 star: 129
    • 1 star: 266
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 90 votes

    • 5 star: 58
    • 4 star: 17
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Blue Screen Freeze"

    April 13, 2013  |   By scanner1132

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70

    Pros

    None, as it is as not working on win XP.

    Cons

    The prior version i reinstalled. It is working at least. If you are using win XP or Vista stay with the version you have or you are going to have problems until they, the company can fix the bug so it doesn't freeze up on win XP & Vista.

    Summary

    Was a great malware removal software at one time. But as they try to improve it, Malwarebytes seems to get worse each version that is put out. I don't know if it is because they are leaning away from windows XP & Vista towards win 7 & 8 or if it even makes a difference, but I removed the older version and installed this version 1.75.0.1300 and I am getting The Blue Screen and the computer is freezing up. I removed this version and reinstalled the prior version & it is working again.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Unhappy with the trial only version now."

    April 8, 2013  |   By Judith756

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70

    Pros

    It does a good job of removing threats.

    Cons

    No longer free. This use to be a fully free program that worked wonderfully. Now you get one use free trial and have to pay $24.95 for future scans.
    What happened with the nice full copy for free? Such a shame I will no longer be using it.

    Summary

    I am quite disappointed that it is only a paid program now. They did offer a free copy of it for years, now it suddenly changes.
    I will have to find an alternative that is just as good as this program. It is a shame.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "MalwareBytes Anti-Malware"

    April 7, 2013  |   By winstonebook

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70

    Pros

    MalwareBytes is the best! It actually removed threats my antivirus couldn't remove.

    It also was the only one I could find that could remove a nasty Trojan/rootkit off my pc.

    Cons

    No cons! I love it so much I have the Pro version.

    Summary

    Overall, I recommend this program to all users.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great program!
    Great program!"

    April 6, 2013  |   By ted7740

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70

    Pros

    Removes hard to remove malware.

    Cons

    Slow to load and update.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Unreliable on Windows 7 Home Edition"

    March 30, 2013  |   By kvormwald

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70

    Pros

    Easy to install
    Support team responds promptly

    Cons

    Unstable execution
    Difficult to diagnose the issue

    Summary

    After purchasing two licenses for my two home computers, both running Windows 7, one 32-bit and one 64-bit, I finally had to give up on getting the 32-bit version to execute reliably after 6 months of trying. Initially I expected that I should be able to run both a Quick Scan and a Full Scan, I finally regressed to just hoping that I could get a Quick Scan to run reliably. But after 6 months of futile efforts to diagnose the issue, I finally had to just call it quits, uninstall the program and give up. Malewarebytes Quick Scan would run for about 1:20 and then fail and completely lock up the PC such that I would have to forcibly shut it down and restart. Then, miraculously the next night after downloading a new version of the database, it would run through to completion and indicate no maleware. Then I would run a Full Scan and that would work as well. Next night, back to failing and locking up the PC. The Malewarebytes Support team would promptly reply to requests for help, but they will put you through the wringer with downloading different scanners and logging tools some of which create enormous log files to be sent back to them for analysis. They had me uninstalling my virus detection software and other PC support tools under an assumption that they were causing conflicts. They were always very positive that they could get it to work. But, alas, nothing they tried was ever successful in getting their software to run multiple days in a row and I finally ran out of enthusiasm to keep trying their new suggestions night after night without success. I did not have any trouble with my 64-bit Windows 7 system, both the Quick Scan and the Full Scan run through to completion reliably.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It works very well and finds what others do not"

    March 28, 2013  |   By adamschester700

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70

    Pros

    It works very well and finds what others do not

    Cons

    It works very well and finds what others do not

    Summary

    It works very well and finds what others do not

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast and efficient."

    March 28, 2013  |   By wallisturner20

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70

    Pros

    -free
    -if pay, get lifetime lic.

    Cons

    Fast and efficient.

    Summary

    seems to be highly regarded on-demand scanner by exerts on web

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very good on demand scanner"

    March 25, 2013  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70

    Pros

    -free
    -if pay, get lifetime lic.
    -seems to be highly regarded on-demand scanner by exerts on web
    -

    Cons

    -would like a portable
    -start up added (just remove entry and all is fine)

    Summary

    -excellent addition to computer toolbox.

    Updated on Feb 13, 2014

    it is free. you are mistaken. i use it all the time.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I like it a lot"

    March 23, 2013  |   By sofialoren

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70

    Pros

    A nice utility to detect malware

    Cons

    I found no cons

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It works very well and finds what others do not"

    March 23, 2013  |   By bigbear639

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70

    Pros

    It does a thorough job in the Full mode.

    Cons

    nonr that really matter

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