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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is designed to fend off spyware, Trojans, dialers, worms, rootkits, and other web-based threats. However, the free edition doesn’t include real-time protection, scheduled scans, malicious website blocking and removable drive scans. These features and more are available in the premium version.
The main advantage of this free application, though, is that it can be run as a supplement to the real-time safeguard of another anti-virus utility.Read More
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware lists tools and settings under the Settings tab on the Dashboard. However, not all of the tools on the list are available to users of the free edition. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware doesn’t have a quick scan option or an automatic update setting, but there are still a few great free tools.
One of them is Chameleon, a countermeasure against malware that tries to disable anti-malware programs on the device they infect. It disguises Malwarebytes Anti-Malware so that malicious programs can’t detect it. Even if you can’t access Malwarebytes, you will still be able to run Chameleon, which will then launch the Anti-Malware program.
Other tools provided by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware are:
- Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit monitors for attacks that get into your computer via software flaws;
- Malwarebytes StartUpLite helps you speed up your computer on startup by disabling any extra programs;
- Malwarebytes FileASSASSIN lets you delete any file on your computer, even those you wouldn't have permission to delete otherwise, such as locked files or files in use by other programs;
- Malwarebytes RegASSASSIN removes registry keys from your computer, such as those used by advanced malware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has an interface, with large buttons and short descriptions, explaining each option. The main screen displays a series of horizontal bars, which deliver different types of information.
In the top bar, tabs indicate the main features: Dashboard, Settings, Scan, and History. At the end of this bar, you’ll see two links suggesting to create Malwarebytes user accounts and upgrade to the Premium version.
The thickest and most eye-catching bar is below the tab. It’s colored bright green if you are secure, yellow if you haven’t run a scan for a while and red if it detects any potentially unwanted programs or malware.
There is also a set of four thin, white bars that show the status of the application’s database version, license, real-time protection, and scan progress. However, real-time protection is not applicable to users of the free version. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will only detect malware installed on your PC but won’t stop it from infecting your device in the first place. The left side of the bottom bar promotes other Malwarebytes products, and the lower right is a Scan Now button.
Overall, Malwarebytes has a colorful and straightforward interface with simple explanations that help users understand what's happening.
Setting up Malwarebytes Anti-Malware isn't a problem to any users, no matter how inexperienced they may be with AV applications.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free doesn’t let you schedule scans, so you’ll have to open the application and click the Scan button manually each time you want to check your PC for malware. After the scan, the program will list all the suspicious items it has detected, and then ask if you want to quarantine them, ignore them, or exclude from all future scans.
In most cases, the best option is quarantine because if you decide certain files are not malicious, you can restore them anytime by going to the History tab. Similarly, you can delete them from quarantine for good.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware delivers excellent results when it comes to virus detection, but it frequently hangs during various operations. Also, it’s pretty slow when it comes to removing the infected files.
Although the software fails in PC impact, it makes up for in simplicity. Malwarebytes is straightforward and easy-to-use, much more so than lots of the other more complex applications in the antispyware lineup. Malwarebytes removes much of the complexity with a clean interface that is easy to navigate.
Technical support is provided via email only — no telephone or live chat. However, email inquiries to the manufacturer are usually answered quickly, giving helpful and informative responses.Cross-platform use 5/5
Cross-platform use 5/5
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is compatible with Windows XP and up and Mac OS 10.9 and later.
This version of Malwarebytes is free, but you can subscribe to the premium application with extra features for $39,99 per year.
To conclude, hardcore PC users who tend to travel to the dark side of the Internet are better off with more stable utilities. However, in a pair with a reliable third-party real-time guard, Malwarebytes can be quite handy to casual users who want to double-check.
It's meant to work with your existing AntiVirus program of choice to provide efficient removal of the latest and most dangerous malware. The Chameleon tool is a particularly useful feature, which can help you regain control of a seriously compromised machine.
Malwarebytes won't interfere with real AV program. Instead, it often catches unwanted programs that AV software overlooks.Collapse
We recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, but only as a supplement to the true protection that AV software delivers.
Pros : Easy installation;
Light system impact;
No conflicts with other security software;
Cons : Should be used alongside antivirus software;
No quick scan or scan scheduler;
Doesn't inspect emails or websites.
Cross-platform use 5.0