Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 6000 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.75
File Size:
16.49MB
Date Added:
April 09, 2013
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available; $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
130,083,820
Downloads Last Week:
98,130
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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    out of 6000 votes

    • 5 star: 3954
    • 4 star: 1402
    • 3 star: 230
    • 2 star: 132
    • 1 star: 282
  • Current Version:

    4.1

    out of 188 votes

    • 5 star: 108
    • 4 star: 39
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 22
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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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  • 3 stars

    "Been having problems with this software since Version 2"

    August 10, 2014   |   By DakotaSpirit

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    Use to be good, but something went wrong in version 2 creation, updater keeps corrupting etc etc...

    Cons

    I see by their forum many are having problems with this software since version 2 came out. Most of which are it does not want to update, freezes up, false positives and other things. I myself have had some of these problems including it not liking games or at least some games. I have fussed with it till I am turning blue and now I am about to remove it entirely from my computer as it still is not working as it did in version 1. Such as shame, but I am not the only one having these problems now and they have known of them for some months now.

    Summary

    For some it might work alright, but for many it does not. Try at your own risk, I am now tired of fussing with it for over 3 months now trying to get it to work correctly. One of the big problems is, the updater keeps corrupting and it happens with many people, among from what I see on their forum there are many varried problems with this new version 2. Don't fix it, if it is not broken, version 1 was fine!

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  • 5 stars

    "Very beautiful for me"

    August 05, 2014   |   By EssaidLamberth

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    It's just great. Super easy to operate and understand.

    Cons

    I do not have any problem with it

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  • 3 stars

    "Preferred the older version"

    August 05, 2014   |   By howardferns

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    It finds bad stuff, including PUPs and PUMs.

    Cons

    Screen always takes a long time to appear when you start it. Often crashes during updating database version, then it asks you to click OK to terminate the program or Cancel to debug the program - either of these closes it down. Threat Scan (= full scan) takes around 25-35 minutes, far too long when you want to check in a hurry. I can't select Hyper Scan (= quick scan), I guess it's not an option on the free version.

    Summary

    I'm trying out other programs in the hope I'll find something else.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works nice, easy and fast"

    July 31, 2014   |   By AndelLash

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    It's a pretty good product

    Cons

    It is completely up to my expectation

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  • 5 stars

    "It's a pretty good product"

    July 31, 2014   |   By BucklinHomburg

    Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2.1012

    Pros

    It's a pretty good product

    Cons

    No cons from what I can see.

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