Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 3.61

Scan your computer, block dangerous websites and remove potential threats with this up-to-date antivirus program

  • Category:

    Anti-spyware

  • Version:

    3.61

  • Works under:

    Windows XP / Windows 8 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8.1

  • Also available for:

    MacAndroid

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    7.1 (151)
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 3.61
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1.1004

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is one of the most popular PC security tools, helping you keep your computer safe from malicious software.

The free edition offers an on-demand scanner that detects a wide range of malicious or potentially unwanted software. Its powerful scanning engine can tell you immediately if your system is infected with malware, adware, spyware, ransomware, rookits or rogue security software. Once a threat is detected, the program will provide you details on what it found, then ask you which action to take. This can be deleting the files posing a threat or placing them in a quarantine to isolate them from the rest of the system. You also have the option to ignore a threat if, for example, a program that you know is safe was detected as being adware.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is very efficient at completely eradicating all of the latest security threats from a Windows PC. This includes malware that rival programs may have trouble with, such as rootkits hiding deep in the system or malware that obfuscates its code to evade detection.

There are two main scan modes. The "Hyper Scan" performs a rapid check of programs in your startup objects and those currently in your memory. The more thorough "Threat Scan" goes through your computer's filesystem, the Windows registry, startup objects and memory to detect malware. This lets the scanner find and eliminate malware that may be on your system, but isn't actively running at the time.

As new types of malicious software appears on a regular basis, any security tool needs to be frequently updated to stay on top of the latest threats. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware automatically connects to a secure server so it can download updates for its scanning engine whenever they're available. This happens in the background with no action needed on your part most of the time. On a few rare occasions the program will ask you to restart your system to finish installing a major update, which you can either do right away or postpone.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware's free version comes with a 14-day trial of the more advanced protection features found in its paid counterpart. The premium version offers automatic real-time protection, which detects threats without having to start a scan manually. You also get an anti-exploit shield that protects your browser from security vulnerabilities, more advanced anti-ransomware protection and blocking of known malicious websites.

Pros

  • Scans for and removes all categories of malware, including rootkits.
  • Offers both quick and full scan modes.
  • Automatic updates ensure protection against new threats.

Cons

  • Real-time threat detection and other advanced features require buying premium version.

Simple-to-use, feature-laden security software for protecting computers from all types of malware threats.

Defending a computer against a malicious software infection requires a powerful and reliable solution. An effective program must seek out and neutralize all of the crafty threats created by criminal programmers, disarming viruses, Trojans, and a dizzying array of infectious malware threats that slip past firewalls. Hackers are intent on bringing destruction to operating systems and creating backdoors that give them access to sensitive personal data. Malwarebytes is one of the best-known solutions for these nasty issues. It's a robust security product that installs quickly, configures easily, and settles into the computer to scan every system file, directory, and folder.

The typical viruses of today disguise themselves as critical system files and hide among thousands of other tiny programs, filtering into the root directory of the operating system. They may activate immediately or wait. They disable the computer, open the firewall to other infections, and invisibly transmit passwords and keystrokes back to their creator like tiny robot invaders. At the very least, the computer will be rendered useless, clogged up with adware and intrusive messages; the worst case is total identity theft and a drained bank account. Malwarebytes is an expert hunter of these tiny invaders, rooting out the infection, identifying it to the user in easy-to-understand terms and deleting it before it causes havoc.

As with all of today's anti-malware options, the software is kept up-to-date and informed of new infections by downloading scheduled definition updates from the Internet. This ensures the program is future-proof, always refreshed and ready for the newest and most dangerous infections. The latest iteration of the software package sports a minimal interface designed to keep the same high level of functionality but reduce complexity of operation. There are fewer buttons and tabs to figure out, and fewer confusing settings to adjust. Note that the program consumes memory and processor resources that can substantially slow older computers.

The focus of the software is on simplicity without sacrificing Malwarebytes' impressive reputation for hunting down infections that other antivirus options have been known to miss. The free version distills usage to two modes, a full scan and a quick scan, but the better option is likely the premium version as it includes an invaluable real-time protection mode.

Pros

* Simple interface.

* Constant virus definition updates.

* Easy to install.

* Robust and stable operation.

* Rootkit detection.

* Consistent high scores in detecting various threats.

Cons

* Free version lacks real-time protection feature.

* Active scans slow less powerful computers.

* Only email support available.

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