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

Editors' Review

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 is a substantial update to the famed malware-killing machine; the latest version integrates rootkit detection directly into the software and sports a more streamlined interface.


New design: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 sports an upgraded look that's more approachable. The more modern design is also an improvement -- larger boxes, fewer tabs, touch-friendly buttons, and adaptive windows. The program tucks nicely into your system tray when not in use and feels sleeker overall.

Features and utilities: Anti-Malware 2.0 has improved 64-bit support and now comes with built-in Anti-Rootkit. Access managers, automatic schedulers, exclusion options, and other utilities are still available, tucked away in the Settings tab.

Security: Malwarebytes tweaked the user flow to improve protection. Prior to running a scan, Anti-Malware 2.0 looks for out-of-date versions, so you'll be running the latest version without question. And while infected computers sometimes block anti-malware apps, Malwarebytes' Chameleon tech stubbornly gets Anti-Malware installed and running, whether or not the PC has malicious programs on it.


Subscription model: Although existing Lifetime owners will be grandfathered in, new users who want the premium version must get an annual subscription. However, the free version will still exist for all users.

Bottom Line

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 maintains its excellent track record as a strong anti-malware application. The visual refresh, interface tweaks, and inclusion of built-in rootkit detection make it a more modern competitor. While the subscription model may not be for everyone, it's becoming a more widely accepted standard for many security programs.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version

Mostly upgrade performance from older builds

Performance/protective capability:

  • IAdded support for Hypervisor Code Integrity (HVCI) and Device Guard to meet Microsoft compliance requirements
  • IImproved the remediation process so fewer reboots are required
  • IImproved the accuracy of the Web Protection module
  • IImproved driver management for increased stability
  • IContinued improvements to overall protection, detection and remediation


  • IUpdated the dashboard design to better showcase Malwarebytes real-time protection features
  • IUpdated Notification Center behavior to make it easier to dismiss
  • INumerous other user interface and copy enhancements

Stability/issues fixed:

  • Fixed issue where anti-ransomware module could cause high CPU and memory use
  • Fixed an issue where Malwarebytes would open to the scan tab instead of the dashboard
  • Fixed reported crashes related to Web Protection
  • Fixed several translation issues
  • Addressed other miscellaneous defects
Publisher Malwarebytes
Publisher web site
Release Date May 31, 2018
Date Added May 31, 2018
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10/8.1
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 72.99MB
File Name mb3-setup-35891.35891-
Total Downloads 154,499,932
Downloads Last Week 80,558
License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $39.99
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