Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is now a popular name among security softwares. It is recommended frequently by security experts for removal of Malwares, and protection against Malwares & Malicious Websites. It has a free version which offers on-demand scanning for malwares and cleanup. The premium version offers real-time protection against malicious softwares and webpages, and also offers scheduled scanning and updates. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects prevalent worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware etc. It is specialized in removing even the traces of scarewares, adwares, riskwares etc. However, the premium version is still not a full fledged antivirus, and thus is made to run alongside your existing antivirus without conflict. It offers an additional layer of protection, by detecting items that common antivirus skips. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has added full support for Windows 10 in the latest version 22.214.171.1244, released on 12th October, and also improved the technologies to prevent false positives on legitimate files.
Difference between Free and Premium versions of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Features
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware runs quite light on my PC. It adds a tray icon from which essential actions can be performed: Open user interface, Update check, Disable Malware Protection, Disable Malicious Website Protection, Disable Windows Startup etc.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware sports an easy to use interface, which could be a bit compact. The essential features are easily accessible.
It offers three types of scan. The ‘Hyper Scan’ quickly checks Memory & Startup Objects for active malware threats. The ‘Threat Scan’ checks all the places malware is known to hide, including Memory, Startup, Registry, and Filesystem Objects. The ‘Custom Scan’ offers you full control over what to scan.
The Quarantine files can be seen, restored, deleted from “History > Quarantine”.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware keeps logs of Daily Protection and Scanning History in “History > Application Logs”. Each log can be viewed in a Window, and can also be copied in Clipboard or, exported as Text file or XML file.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware offers range of customization. Importantly, in each settings window it presents an option to revert back to default settings.
From “Settings > General Settings”, you can change the interface language (among 33 languages), disable notifications, disable explorer context menu entry, and customize notification close time (3 seconds to 15 seconds)
From “Settings > Advanced Settings”, you can change the way Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and its Malware & Malicious Website Protection start with Windows. You can enable its self-protection module. You can disable automatic quarantine of malware threats, which is recommended to avoid harm from false positive detections. To improve multitasking performance, you can reduce priority of malware scans.
You can customize the real-time detection and protection features of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from “Settings > Detection and Protection”. You can disable Malware & Malicious Website Protection, enable Advanced Heuristic Engine (Shuriken), scan within archives, scan for rootkits, potentially unwanted programs (PUP) and potentially unwanted modifications (PUM).
You can exclude files or folders to be detected as malwares from “Settings > Malware Exclusions”, and domains or IPs to be blocked from “Settings > Web Exclusions”. You can even exclude processes from malicious website protection.
You can add multiple schedules for updates and scans from “Settings > Automated Scheduling”.
You can change update settings from “Settings > Update Settings”. Here, you can manage the days after which the program will notify user about out-of-date database. You can change checking of program updates while checking for database updates. You can also add your manual proxy configurations: proxy server, port, authentication.
It is possible to adjust history settings too. You can enable collection of anonymous historical information and export of log information to disk.
You can control user access to various Malwarebytes Anti-Malware settings and functions from “Settings > Access Policies”. Just password protected some or all the settings and functions.
You can register the premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the ‘My Account’ tab. If you want to remove the license from your computer and transfer it to your another PC, press the ‘Deactivate’ button.
Following are the real-time notifications about malware and malicious website.
I own a lifetime license of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and run it alongside Webroot SecureAnywhere in Windows 10 Pro 64 bit. It is light on system resources, moreover the detection and protection features are quite strong and I am fully satisfied. Unfortunately, the lifetime licenses are not sold anymore. It now costs $24.95 for 1 year & 3 PCs, or $39.95 for 2 years & 3 PCs. Remember, the subscription comes with automatic renewal, which you can disable any time after the purchase.
Personally, I feel the subscription model a burden for the end-user, especially because Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is yet not a full-fledged security software. However, the developers need remunerations for their hard work, and thus the subscription model is justified. Therefore, I recommend you to use this software alongside a free antivirus, such as Avira, Avast, Panda, AVG etc., if you are on a budget.
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