Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 6006 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.70
File Size:
16.49MB
Date Added:
December 28, 2012
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available; $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
130,338,403
Downloads Last Week:
98,687
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 6006 votes

    • 5 star: 3958
    • 4 star: 1403
    • 3 star: 230
    • 2 star: 132
    • 1 star: 283
  • Current Version:

    4.3

    out of 90 votes

    • 5 star: 58
    • 4 star: 17
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 7
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    Results 1-10 of 52

  • 1 stars

    "**** THIS PROGRAM"

    September 22, 2014   |   By idontcare111

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    NONE AT ALL

    Cons

    EVERYTHING

    Summary

    THE **** IS WITH THIS PROGRAM AND NAGGING ME EVERY ******* 5 SECONDS TO UPDATE IT'S PRECIOUS LITTLE DATABASE! I GET ******* YANKED AWAY FROM WHAT I'M DOING BECAUSE THE PIECE OF **** WANTS IT'S LITTLE UPDATES!

    THE **** KIND OF PROGRAM LITERALLY YANKS YOU AWAY LIKE AS IF YOU ALT-TABBED TO ANOTHER WINDOW! IT ALSO BECAUSE OF THIS DISABLED SOMETHING WHILE I WAS PLAYING A GAME!

    I PICKED UPDATE 5 ******* TIMES FOR THIS ******* PROGRAM! WHAT PART OF "GET UPDATES" DOES THIS ******* PROGRAM GET!

    ALSO CNET, I'M TIRED OF YOU! I'M TIRED OF YOU AND YOUR SOFTWARE FILLED WITH ******* ******** ATTACHED TO IT! STOP IT!

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent, very classic!"

    September 09, 2014   |   By SpearmonWadding

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Used the program for over a year with no problems.

    Cons

    As far as I can tell, none.

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  • 5 stars

    "found 68 threats and Quarantined them!!!"

    September 05, 2014   |   By killianred

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Installed Norton 360 and it did not find the problems. A Java Update pop up on a Gardening site I frequent said I needed to Update Java to view the Bug Files. I updated. Hence, it downloaded 4 Software Programs Plus Java. Web Protect for Windows, an Instant Weather Software, Trovi, and another I can't remember now. This happened yesterday, and cost me nearly 6 hours of Research to get rid of them. Web Protect would not and could not be deleted via ANY means. It is set up like that. Malwarebytes found all of the bits and pieces of all of them, and an old one I thought I had deleted called My ScrapNook. All are gone now so I rate this high. From the other Reviews, I hope it continues to work well and protect my "puter" against all the crapola out there. We shall see. For now Malwarebytes is Awesome.

    Cons

    None that I can find so far.

    Summary

    So far I am glad to find this Program, it did what it said it would in my case. But I just downloaded it this morning and it found and cleaned my "puter" up very nicely.

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  • 5 stars

    "Got rid of entrusted Conduit search protect toolbar!!"

    August 30, 2014   |   By minceversich

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    This program found the hidden files to get rid of the malicious Conduit/Search Protect/entrusted toolbar.

    Cons

    I didn't find it sooner.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good program, but!"

    August 28, 2014   |   By rangerbob65

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Easy download, easy operation.

    Cons

    Will not automatically update. Will get a message once a week that program needs to be fixed, then must go into site and download a new version. Does not have an online chat or contact phone number. Must submit a request ticket, you will then get an email reply that stays because of heavy request, response may take a couple of days. Have waited as much as a week for response. When received, and you respond to that message, you will wait a few more days. They need an online chat or contact phone number. Helpful forums are usually of no help.

    Summary

    Have used the program for a year, and just might look somewhere else if they don't provide better help.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works well!"

    August 25, 2014   |   By Dallaseax

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Easy to use and catches things my antivirus doesn't.

    Cons

    None. It works well.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very good program although not 100% protection"

    August 25, 2014   |   By katherinegeorge

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    The portable version is very good, no need for installation.
    Very good for malware and spyware but not all of them.

    Cons

    No 100% protective against threat.

    Summary

    in general can be a very good program to support anti spyware and have protection.

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  • 5 stars

    "very good software like anti-virus"

    August 25, 2014   |   By mohammadshams

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    anyway good software

    Cons

    very good software like anti-virus

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  • 1 stars

    "Does not work against webssearches."

    August 23, 2014   |   By bellamahop

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Like TSA, it helps to feed a delusional sense of security, where none exists.

    Cons

    DOES NOT WORK against recent threats. The paid version is completely owned by istart.webssearches. Unless you enjoy paying good money for something that doesn't work, find an alternative.

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  • 2 stars

    "it's corrupted"

    August 18, 2014   |   By merrittolsen

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    it seemed to block incoming stuff as indicated by pop ups

    Cons

    1 day after the update it is not working..Going to the site to install tells me I have it already..Going to try and un-install and it won't let me saying Their are missing files..So 1 day after update my Malwarebytes is not working (and my computer restarts every few minutes to hours too)

    Summary

    Not sure if I trust something that according to other sites that can be disabled by the very things its supposed to stop..

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