Author: Jonathan Small
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware provides your computer with up to date, comprehensive protection from the latest, most advanced threats lurking around the internet.
If you’re looking for an all-around antimalware/antivirus solution, Malwarebytes is a good bet. Fans of previous Malwarebytes versions will immediately notice a more complete, comprehensive coverage solution. While earlier versions of the software were limited to anti-malware and did not deal in detecting and fighting viruses, version 3.0 has bundled all of these products together, in order to give users a full suite of protective tools.
For users already subscribed to an antivirus solution, the free version of Malwarebytes is a nice complement to your existing protection. This version is great at detecting malware and offers rootkit protection but does not offer virus detection. The free version also comes with a sophisticated manual scan but excludes Exploit and ransomware protection. The full software is available for a free 14-day trial, which switches to the free version at the end of the trial. A premium subscription comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Removes intrusive adware and toolbars
“Chameleon” feature fights malware that targets AV software
Protects against zero-day threats
Protects against ransomware
Custom scan might hinder computer speed
Free version needs a separate anti-virus scanner to be 100% effective
Missing firewall protection
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has been a leader in the antimalware fight for over a decade. With the addition of antivirus capabilities, Malwarebytes immediately moves to the top of the list of the best detection and removal software on the market.
Customizable scan options
Behavioral malware blocking
Fully compatible on mobile
Features: Full range of protection
Ease of Use: Installation and setup is very simple
Reliability: Detects and removes most threats
Anti-malware unit - Scans your computer for the latest malware and viruses. Three scan options (threat scan, custom scan, and hyper scan) allow you to choose how and which threats you want to hunt for. This unit can detect adware, malware, worms, viruses, Trojans, and spyware. Detected threats are automatically quarantined.
Anti-ransomware unit – Detects and prevents ransom files encryption. Does not decrypt files already encrypted by ransomware.
Anti-exploit feature - Protects against zero-day exploits against browsers and applications. Blocks exploit kits and defends against drive-by download attacks.
Installation is easy, fast, and informative, using an interface which displays all of the products features. Once installed, the Premium version is activated by entering your username and key.
The interface is clean and well-designed. The main screen shows all of the software’s features, scan options, protection history, infected files, and the results from the latest scan. The information is well presented and easily navigable.
Malwarebytes 3.0 Free
Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium
PC Magazine, one of the most trusted sources for tech reviews, has consistently referred to Malwarebytes as one of the best solutions for detecting and ridding your computer of harmful malware and adware. Having been around for a decade now, Marcin Kleczynski’s company has grown into a formidable player in the malware removal and protection industry.
With lightening fast, custom scanning, Malwarebyte’s state-of-the-art threat detection and elimination system ensures you will always stay one step ahead of threats. The well-designed interface is colorful and direct. A prominent bar indicates your computer’s current vulnerability - bright green if you’re secure, yellow if you haven’t scanned in a while, or red if the software has detected malicious malware or any other unwanted programs.
In addition to easy to understand color coding, simple explanations are provided at every step, making the software suitable for all skill levels. Malwarebytes does a good job of making sure users never feel overwhelmed. The interface doesn’t change from the free to the premium version but while the free version offers a nice glimpse into the program’s capabilities, the premium version is necessary to unlock the full suite of tools.
There are a few ways you can contact Malwarebytes’ support team. There is a ticket system through the website, but users have reported a longer-than-expected wait time. There is also phone support but you have to buy this service separately. There is no support chat but there is a fairly active security forum where you may be able to find answers. Customer Support is one of the weaker aspects of Malwarebytes and could use improving.
Malwarebytes is an excellent tool for the discovery and elimination of malware threats. It maintains an advantage over the competition due to its zero-day threat identification and protection. With a host of other neat tools, Malwarebytes is a great weapon to have in your malware fighting arsenal.
Formally established in 2008, as of 2015, Malwarebytes is reported to have fixed more than 250 million computers and 5 billion malware threats worldwide. The service is currently available in 30+ languages.
CEO: Martin Kleczynski
Founder: Martin Kleczynski
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