Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 6034 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.75
  • Total Downloads:
    131,670,580
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 09, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    19.5MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    108,894
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Anti-Spyware

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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  • Current Version

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    out of 188 votes

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5 stars

"Perfect! Removes Spywares"

March 23, 2014  |  By rasvsanz

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75

Pros

*Easy scanning
*Notify blocking
*Fast and Clear

Removed annoying adds through the browsers. Made browsers faster ans non-messy.

Cons

There's a trail, but worth buying.

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5 stars

"Fixed bug I needed it for websteroids. Great! Gone!"

March 23, 2014  |  By vixtervb

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75

Pros

Super easy to download & install

Cons

No problems

Summary

does what it says on the tin

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5 stars

"Superb Program"

March 19, 2014  |  By Buggs52

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75

Pros

Does an excellent job even though the free version is limited; good at catching malware; easy to use

Cons

None to my knowledge

Summary

I have used the free version of MBAM for several years and it has caught malware that other programs did not. Some have said there is no free version but there really is both a free version and a paid version. It can be confusing finding the appropriate one. Several people I know accidentally downloaded the 'trial' unaware of the fact that it was not the free version. Overall, I have been very pleased with the free version of this software program and highly recommend it.

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5 stars

"Great and i mean great!"

March 16, 2014  |  By THE TRUTH TELLER

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75

Pros

Great detection engine and malware and spyware blocker. Will block malicious sites while browsing that other programs do not.
Life time license from when i purchased it amazon for $19.99 well worth it.

Cons

none at all

Summary

The best ever period!

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5 stars

"Does a great job for the price"

March 16, 2014  |  By CouponCause

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75

Pros

Quick and effective at finding malware and removing it. I noticed my laptop being considerably faster after running the software.

Cons

Have not found any.

Summary

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2 stars

"Free? Hardly!"

March 15, 2014  |  By ndr2008

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75

Pros

It does a fair job, although it is extremely slow.

Cons

Claims to be "free," but actually it is a 14 day "trial" version which nags you to purchase the so-called Pro version. There is no indication of this fact on the website, of course.

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4 stars

"Trust Malwarebytes"

March 13, 2014  |  By Makazestorm

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75

Pros

Malwarebytes is my second internet security program I use alongside comodo internet security. Its easy to use and considerably fast to scan. Its caught everything thrown at it with few false positives. And has tons of options to deal with the nasties of the internet that the world can throw at us.

Cons

It can start up a bit slow at times but thats the only con I can honestly say at this time with this program.

Summary

Malwarebytes is a great program for dealing with the nasties of the internet. It may come up with some false positives but overall its detection and prevention keeps you safe. It can boot up slow but for the most part its something I cannot live without.

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5 stars

"Love this software"

March 12, 2014  |  By MaryRingold

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75

Pros

What's better than free?
Works fast.
Doesn't take up a lot of space on your PC.

Cons

Conflicts with a few types of software.

Summary

I love this! Great protection free of charge. You really couldn't ask for more. It gets all the nasty stuff off my PC that's left behind without my permission. I feel safer using it.

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2 stars

"won't update definitions anymore"

March 09, 2014  |  By wagygirl

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75

Pros

run full scan one time and get rid off ALL of your spyware. trojans etc.

Cons

After using the program for more than 5 months, it won't update anymore. I get this message:
"Run-time error '6'
Overflow"

Summary

Works great- ONCE.

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5 stars

"Works well with win 7"

March 03, 2014  |  By kared1

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75

Pros

I purchased this on 3-1-14 after trying the IO bytes program and not solving my pop-up problem. This program installed well with no problems. The first scan picked up 56 problems and repaired them all. I spent the better part of the day of 3-2-14 online. I ran another scan today 3-3-14 and had 0 malware found. If this continues I will be a happy camper!

Cons

None at this time.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.75
Version 1.75 Added the ability to scan within archives
General
Publisher Malwarebytes
Publisher web site http://www.malwarebytes.org
Release Date April 09, 2013
Date Added April 09, 2013
Version 1.75
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 19.5MB
File Name mbam-setup-2.0.4.1028.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 131,670,580
Downloads Last Week 108,894
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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