Antimalware application with basic protection against viruses, spyware, adware and other web threats, wrapped in a highly intuitive interface
Malwarebytes has created an impressive fan base around its free antimalware application designed to fend off viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, bookmarks, rootkits, exploits and malicious websites, as well as other web-based threats.
The free version does not include scheduled analysis, real-time protection, analysis of removable drives and malicious website blocking. These features and more are available in the paid edition, called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium.
The main advantage of the free application is that it can be run as a secondary line of defense against online threats, combining it with the real-time protection of traditional antivirus software.
Trouble-free installation and highly intuitive GUI
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware configuration is not usually a problem for any user, no matter how inexperienced they may be with antivirus applications. As for the interface, the tool is as intuitive as possible, thanks to the large buttons and short descriptions that explain each option.
Two scan modes for basic PC protection
Threat Scan is the application’s full scanning method, as it examines critical areas of the system where malware is known to hide. The alternative is the Custom Scan, which allows users to manually select the exact drives and directories to browse, along with the scan objects (memory, startup and registry settings, files, rootkits). In addition, it is possible to customize the behavior of the tool by detecting potentially unwanted programs and modifications (PUM).
Advanced scanner settings
Users who wish to further customize the Anti-Malware behavior pattern can modify the settings surrounding exclusions, rootkits, files and advanced heuristics. It is possible to enable and examine scan logs, turn to a proxy server for virus database updates, disable notifications, integrate the application in the Windows Explorer context menu for quick scanning, etc. Items sent to quarantine can be examined before deciding whether they should be preserved or disposed of.
Performance and conclusion
Our most recent tests have shown that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware offers very good results when it comes to virus detection. However, its main drawback is that it frequently hangs during several operations (such as scanning or verifying the latest virus signatures) and is generally very slow when it comes to removing infected files.
To conclude, the history of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has two sides: PC users who often travel to the dark side of the Internet are better with faster and more stable utilities. However, when paired with a reliable real-time third-party guard, the program can be quite useful for occasional users who want to double check. Alternatively, look for the premium version (free trial available).Download Now