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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 6114 votes out of 6114 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.3.1.2183
  • Total Downloads:
    150,239,122
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 03, 2017
  • Price:
    Free to try; annual subscription (14-day trial); $39.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    74.72MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    119,445
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Anti-Spyware

After the 14-day trial expires, Malwarebytes reverts to a free version without the full real-time protection.

Editors' Review

Malwarebytes 3.0 was a major update when it arrived in December 2016 -- and like many major updates, some aspects were a little rough, particularly stability within Windows 10. With version 3.2, the company claims it has corrected some major issues, so let's take a look at how this revision stacks up.

Pros

It's stable in Windows 10: With version 3.0, some users (us included) experienced seemingly random blue-screen errors in Windows 10 unless we disabled most or all of Malwarebytes' active scanning functions. As a result, there wasn't a lot to distinguish the paid version from the free one. However, we can report that we didn't see any BSODs in Windows 10 during our testing of 3.2. This was the only truly major issue we saw in version 3.0, so addressing it brings Malwarebytes back up to "recommended" status.

The scanning engine remains high-quality: During our tests, the app's malware scanner picked up some files and a Registry entry left over from an apparently incomplete uninstallation of a third-party driver management utility that, according to Malwarebytes, may have bundled a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Malwarebytes defaulted to placing these files in quarantine rather than deleting them. This is actually the preferred reflex, since PUPs aren't necessarily harmful, and extracting them can disable the program that they came with. Generally speaking, Malwarebytes' scanning tech is rated favorably by independent testers, such as West Coast Labs and Google's VirusTotal service, and it's cultivated a reputation for not bogging down your PC.

Detailed, plain-English explanations: While other security vendors often slather on fancy-sounding terminology, Malwarebytes is good at telling you exactly what a given feature is doing. Take the "Usage and Threat Statistics" toggle, for example. This covers the anonymous usage data that it collects. In the description on its website, Malwarebytes itemizes basic things like, how many people are running the free version, trial version, and subscription versions? Where is Malwarebytes being used globally? What malware is being detected the most, and how often?

Its full privacy policy even includes detailed and simplified explanations side-by-side. This kind of transparency about your data -- and the deliberately limited extent of it -- is good to have, and it's not as common in the security industry as it should be.

Cons

Limited testing by independent labs: The company asserts that the average "zero day" malware (the kind that's too new for there to be reliable detection/removal) has only a 55 percent detection rate, which can make a given antimalware app look worse than it is when subjected to a barrage of zero-day infections during testing. Therefore, Malwarebytes does not submit its apps to the full gauntlets provided by AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, whose testing takes special notice of zero-day security. However, if Malwarebytes wants to be recognized among its competition, we'd argue that it needs to submit its apps to the same rigorous standards as the competition, even if those standards can create perception issues.

Bottom Line

Now that Malwarebytes appears to have fixed its stability issues in version 3.2, the user experience is rounded out nicely. However, we'd like to see Malwarebytes go through the gauntlets set up by AV-Comparatives and AV-Test to get a better picture of how it stacks up against the competition.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.3.1.2183

Performance/protective capability:

  • Improved remediation in Chrome browser
  • Numerous enhanced protection techniques and remediation capabilities

Usability:

  • Improved notification design for better readability
  • Added new quick tour module in Free and Trial versions
  • Added informational modules to Scan Progress page in Free and Trial versions
  • Improved update process to allow more dynamic updating of user interface components
  • Other minor user interface improvements

Stability/issues fixed:

  • Fixed issue where the Malwarebytes tray application showed in ALT+Tab list
  • Improved Web Protection compatibility with third-party applications
  • Improved driver management
  • Fixed issue where certain notifications would not display properly after waking from sleep
  • Fixed issue on XP where Chameleon files were not fully uninstalled
  • Fixed a crash related to rootkit scanning
  • Addressed other miscellaneous user interface improvements and defects
General
Publisher Malwarebytes
Publisher web site https://www.malwarebytes.com/
Release Date November 02, 2017
Date Added November 03, 2017
Version 3.3.1.2183
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 74.72MB
File Name mb3-setup-35891.35891-3.3.1.2183.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 150,239,122
Downloads Last Week 119,445
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $39.99
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