Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware


Scorecard and Summary

Name: Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
Type: Anti-Malware Tools,
Price: $24.99 (limited trial available)
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Positive Sides of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

Good against majority of trojans and similar parasites

Free malware removal

Negative Sides of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

Not so good against hijackers compared to other removal tools

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Review Details

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is one of the leading anti-malware programs today. It is widely used by PC supports due to its pricing: the removal of parasites is free and it works pretty well against most of malware parasites. First version of Malwarebytes did not expire. Thus it was quite cheap solution as secondary real-time protection program. However, since March 2014, it switched to yearly payment schedule for version 2 of the program. Thus it is quite comparable to other anti-malware programs now.

Malwarebytes comes as small install file, that can be downloaded free of charge. After installation, you are asked to download malware database updates. In dire cases you can get Malwarebytes database updates separately and update them manually (which might be useful on infected PC). The program will notify when it should be updated, however I recommend updating it before each scan. On install it enables its free protection trial (for 30 days).

Malwarebytes design improved greatly since version 2 of the program. It has Dashboard, Scan and Settings tabs. Typically, you will need the Scan one only. The scan modes changed in the version 2. The Flash scan (the fastest one) was renamed to Hyper scan. There is no longer Full system scan, but there is a Custom scan added. In the most cases regular Threat Scan is enough. At the current version of Malwarebytes there is a small bug: you can’t rerun the scan from the scan tab till the program is fully closed (the real time module as well) and reopened.

Overall Malwarebytes scan quality is very good. It has very few false positives ( we saw it heuristically detect some versions of Process Explorer, though ). Its strong side is fake antivirus and Trojan detection. However, Malwarebytes is a bit worse for detecting other parasites. For example, it has problems with some versions of TDSS rootkit, it has worse database of adware and spyware parasites. In such cases other tools are more applicable. Malwarebytes anti-malware is not an antivirus program. Nor is it a firewall even if it has a web shield.

The difference between free and paid versions of Malwarebytes is real-time protection mostly. Free version does not check downloaded and executed programs. Thus it allows infections to happen. However, it will detect majority of infections during system scan and will remove them for free. This might be a problem in case malware prevents executables from being launched. There are supplemental programs that help in launching anti-malware programs in such cases.

Malwarebytes anti-malware works well with antivirus programs. This is due to the fact that it is anti-malware scanner only. There are no known conflicts except with some crapware security programs that detect Malwarebytes as harmful. These programs are not to be trusted anyway.

I recommend downloading and testing Malwarebytes anti-malware free version. If your antivirus misses Trojans and similar programs, you should consider purchasing Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for protecting your PC.


Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware screenshots