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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.

Pros

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 Prior to running a scan, Anti-Malware 2.0 looks for out-of-date versions, so you'll be running the latest version without question.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.

Cons

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 3.6.1.2711-1.0.463-1.0.6913
  • Improved remediation for hijacked shortcuts
  • Continued improvements to overall protection, detection and remediation
  • Device Name now syncs to the Malwarebytes My Account portal for users on the paid version
  • Improved accessibility features for the Notification Center
  • Added custom messages designed to highlight the value of Malwarebytes protection and help it remain free
  • Fixed problem when cutting / pasting files with anti-ransomware enabled
  • Fixed problem where USB stick would not eject properly with anti-ransomware enabled
  • Fixed a service crash related to self-protection
  • Fixed a blue screen crash related to Web Protection
  • Addressed other miscellaneous defects
General
Publisher Malwarebytes
Publisher web site https://www.malwarebytes.com/
Release Date September 20, 2018
Date Added September 20, 2018
Version 3.6.1.2711-1.0.463-1.0.6913
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10/8.1
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 76.32MB
File Name mb3-setup-35891.35891-3.6.1.2711-1.0.463-1.0.6913.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 154,528,752
Downloads Last Week 80,558
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $39.99
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