Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 6018 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.3.1025
  • Total Downloads:
    131,087,752
  • Date Added:
    October 14, 2014
  • File Size:
    18.91MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    102,373
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Note:

The Malwarebytes Free edition offers users the option of installing a trial version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro.

Editors' Review

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 is a substantial update to the famed malware-killing machine. This new malware hunter also integrates rootkit detection directly into the software and sports a more streamlined interface.

Pros

New design: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 sports an upgraded look that's more approachable. The more modern design is also an improvement -- larger boxes, fewer tabs, touch-friendly buttons, and adaptive windows. The program tucks nicely into your system tray when not in use and feels sleeker overall.

Features and utilities: Anti-Malware 2.0 has improved 64-bit support and now comes with built-in Anti-Rootkit. Access managers, automatic schedulers, exclusion options, and other utilities are still available, tucked away in the Settings tab.

Security: Malwarebytes tweaked the user flow to improve protection. Prior to running a scan, Anti-Malware 2.0 looks for out-of-date versions, so you'll be running the latest version without question. And while infected computers sometimes block anti-malware apps, Malwarebytes' Chameleon tech stubbornly gets Anti-Malware installed and running, whether or not the PC has malicious programs on it.

Cons

Subscription model: Although existing Lifetime owners will be grandfathered in, new users who want the premium version must get an annual subscription. However, the free version will still exist for all users.

Bottom Line

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 maintains its excellent track record as a strong anti-malware application. The visual refresh, interface tweaks, and inclusion of built-in rootkit detection make it a more modern competitor. While the subscription model may not be for everyone, it's becoming a more widely accepted standard for many security programs.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Trial version started automatically with no permission."

October 31, 2014

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.3.1025

Pros

Works well.

Cons

Downloaded free version because I don't want to try the trial version. They force you onto the trial version by automatically activating it.

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5 stars

"Year after year has caught and removed nasties"

October 31, 2014

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.3.1025

Pros

Removes even what the big name antivirus companies left behind.. and not just malware.. some real nasties messing things up royally.

Cons

They aren't considered to be a complete antivirus although there has yet to be something it missed.

Summary

I rate it far above AVG, Norton or Mcafee.. It has caught and corrected computer disabling malware that those others have missed year after year.

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2 stars

"Still crashes"

October 30, 2014  |  By howardferns

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.3.1025

Pros

It is capable of finding bad stuff, and sometimes picks up things that Super Anti-Spyware doesn't - but only if you have the patience to get it working.

Cons

A long time user of MBAM, I have it installed on a desktop pc and a netbook. The latest update has not fixed the problems I was experiencing before. It still crashes during updating. If I start the program again it will then carry on - if I am lucky, because sometimes it will then crash a second time. Then when I actually get the scan running at last, and toddle off to do something else, I come back after some time to see what it has found, only to find that it had crashed during the scan. And this happens on both computers, not just one of them.

Summary

In a nutshell, very disappointing. What was once an excellent piece of freeware I now have a word for that I wouldn't like to repeat on here. Two stars because it is better than nothing.

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5 stars

"Found buried infection"

October 27, 2014  |  By batsdude1

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.3.1025

Pros

Easy and found an infection that had gotten past Avast's scans and installation monitoring.

Cons

None yet that I can see.

Summary

Very effective scan and removal system. It found some spyware, as well as the aforesaid infection. I could not get my Avast to start upon boot no matter what I tried, and could not get Windows Defender to start either. This took care of all of it. HIGHLY recommended!

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5 stars

"Excellent, and the best of the rest"

October 18, 2014  |  By georgesorina1

 |  Version: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.3.1025

Pros

It gets it (adware and spyware) every time

Cons

none, and I have been using for more then a year

Summary

The best out of everything that is up there.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.3.1025

New Features

  • Scans may now be set to run as lower priority processes to improve multi-tasking under Advanced Settings
  • Added support for keyboard navigation of user interface
  • Added support for JAWS and Windows Narrator screenreaders

Improvements

  • Malwarebytes Chameleon enhanced to be more effective against active malware infections in getting Malwarebytes Anti-Malware running
  • Notification for outdated databases now configured to 7 days by default rather than 1 per user feedback
  • All scans with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware now create an entry in protection logs
  • Failed update checks are now logged in protection logs
  • Updating Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should now function even when the Scan tab is awaiting action from the user
  • Support for scanning encrypted drives improved when rootkit scanning is enabled

Issues Fixed

  • Google Chrome users should no longer experience Malwarebytes Anti-Malware getting stuck or hanging during heuristics scans with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Scans should no longer hang during filesystem objects scan on some systems
  • Several crashes in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware fixed
  • Runtime errors during installation or upgrade of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should no longer occur
  • Rootkit scanning should no longer flag sectors on non-system volumes as forged when those volumes are encrypted
  • Rootkit scanning should now work properly on Bitlocker encrypted drives
  • Scanning TruCrypt encrypted system volumes with rootkit scanning disabled no longer results in the filesystem not being scanned
  • Issue with repairing rootkit infected drivers on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 fixed
  • BSOD when using Driver Verifier software on a system running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware fixed
  • BSOD when using Boxcryptor software fixed
  • BSOD when using Malwarebytes Chameleon or self-protection in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware under certain conditions fixed
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should no longer crash when using the "Copy to Clipboard" function under certain circumstances
  • Dashboard banner text should now reflect language changes in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware instantly
  • Several issues with tray notifications fixed
  • Display problems with some languages fixed
  • Malware Exclusions and Web Exclusions should no longer display duplicate entries following database updates
  • Occasional crash of MBAMService when upgrading from version 1.75 of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should no longer occur
  • Several issues with the right-click "Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware" function fixed
  • Several problems with access policies fixed
  • Several UI performance issues fixed
  • Several UI and user experience enhancements implemented
  • More than one Malwarebytes Anti-Malware tray icon should no longer be displayed on system start under some circumstances
  • Issue with Malicious Website Protection not enabling after install under some circumstances on Windows Vista fixed
  • Minor display issues with tables within the UI fixed
General
Publisher Malwarebytes
Publisher web site http://www.malwarebytes.org
Release Date October 13, 2014
Date Added October 14, 2014
Version 2.0.3.1025
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 18.91MB
File Name mbam-setup-2.0.3.1025.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 131,087,752
Downloads Last Week 102,373
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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