Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Review

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is honestly, the most advanced anti-malware application I’ve seen to date. However, while it is advanced and can remove even the toughest malware, the user interface is clean, simple, and easy to navigate and understand. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is completely free – it will detect and remove infections for free, however, if you want to enable the real-time protection it is a one-time fee of $24.95.

Reasons why I love Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware:

  • Regular definition updates / detection rules.
  • Awesome heuristics – heuristics allow the application to make educated decisions based on definitions to detect newer malware.
  • Very fast and efficient scanning – the quick scan will become faster with every use!
  • Scanning is not limited to a single drive – you can scan multiple hard drives.
  • Friendly User Interface
  • Context Menu options which allow you to scan files on demand.
  • Includes addition tools to help remove malware such as FileAssassin.
  • Built-in real-time protection – the real-time protection is non-intrusive and will help keep you safe.  (requires product registration)
  • The Malwarebytes Anti-Malware license is a lifetime license meaning it’s valid for all future product updates. No other anti-malware application does that!

What do you think of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware application?  How has it worked for you?  Leave a comment!  I will send any problems and/or feature requests to the developer.

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  1. I have had to battle Vundo and a couple other trojans on a coworkers computer (and I’m not even IT, I did it as a favor so he wouldn’t have to explain how he got it) and it took FOREVER with HJT and Vundofix, etc… MalwareBytes program is hands down the BEST program, it destroys the stuff easy without having to reboot into safe mode, etc.. I just hope the bad guys don’t figure out how to beat it.

  2. I’ve been using Malwarebytes anti-malware to remove the rogue program Anti-Virus 2008 XP and it’s not removing it completely from my system even though it says it has quarantined the trojans. Can anyone help me on this?

  3. Outstanding software! Well worth the cost. The small memory footprint, and detection rates are head and shoulders above all other top rated apps in this field. Only problem I have with it, is that it does not offer an option to simply update the definitions file, as opposed to constantly downloading, and re-installing any newer versions of the program itself. Not necessary at all if I simply want new definitions.
    9 out of 10!

  4. i somehow clicked on a advertisemtn that download personal defender 2009 and i am currently using AVG will that detect and remove PD 2009? cuz i cant find that program in my installed programs

  5. This is without a doubt the best free software on the market. I intend to buy the full program. I have them all, don’t be fooled, it removed smit fraud and antispyware 2008 from a machine I was cleaning manually, that I could not kill. These people deserve a real pat on the back for letting people use there program for free. God bless them. No, I don’t work with these people, but I would be proud to.

    The Bear

  6. Yes, I agree with all positive comments about MWB. My daughter’s computer was infected with all kinds of virus. McAfee claims to remove them all, but one or two kept coming back every time I ran a scan. What worse is Windows (XP)’s Explorer was “hijacked” that I was unable to get a desktop. It took me exactly a whole day searching internet and trying a lot of suggestions to finally fix that. Then I could not turn the Windows Automatic Update on. I searched internet again and could not find any solution by using MWB (and other non-brand antivirus programs that I have never heard of, like MWB). I was desperate and decided to give it a try. Wow, it found 38 virus infected files that McAfee did not find! I asked it to remove them all and it immediately became possible to turn Automatic Update on! Had I used it earlier, I think it might even be able to solve my “no desktop” problem that I spent a whole day to do it manually (including editing Windows’ register)! I am really very impressed and could not understand why a company like McAfee which has such a high brand name and long history has trouble! I could not resist my desire to spread how happy and impressed I was with MWB program. I am going to switch to it (one needs to pay to get a real time protection)despite I can use McAfee free for as long as I am a subsriber of AT&T/Yahoo’s broad band service.

  7. This Anti-malware software is truly awesome. Our desktop was running slow and locking up. Scans by Spyware Dr. & SpySweeper found “virtumonde”. They kept showing they removed it. But it was still there. A sweep by Norton found and dispatched in the C drive but the system was slow and locking up. I went to a Tech site that recommended Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. I was extremely skeptical. At this point I figured nothing else was working. After installing Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware it did its thing and found “virtumonde” in my D recovery partition. This is the BEST anti-malware I’ve ever tried. After it got rid of the trojan I purchased a license.

  8. I totally agree. I had Avast, Winpatrol, and a bunch of others running on 32bit WinXp machine, went to a crack site from that evil search engine known as astalavista.box.sk (all trojans & worms these days.)

    avast found the crack i had downloaded and told me it was a trojan, but all cracks show up as trojans on anti-virus programs so i ignored it. sure enough it released 21+ viruses on my computer. avast said it got rid of, as did winpatrol, and they even did their scans & deletes in dos. but the virus’s were still there.

    then i cam did a malware bytes search. not only did it find them all still there, it told me the names of the viruses (and it hadn’t even updated its definitions yet!). then i remembered seeing the names here on this blog, vundo & aqent, and anyway, long story a little bit shorter, malwarebytes scanned and destroyed them all WHILE STILL IN WINDOWS FULLMODE. beautiful.

    jeff you did us a favor baby. you and malwarebytes both deserve to get paid.

  9. i was just reading the GeorgeL’s comment and i think the reason big name AV’s mcaffee and norton can’t fight viruses as well as malwarebytes is because they ARE too well known..the malware makers make counters for them perhaps? perhaps we should NOT spread the good word on malwarebytes, or the virus makers might start putting anti-measure in for it too..! (like disabling your automatic update..)

  10. I found another download on Cnet and used without problem. Your link took me to MalwareRemovalBOT something different that Malwarebytes.

    1. Jeff, that is most likely due to the infection on your system. Since my site is a very well known download location the malware authors are redirecting people away from my download link.

  11. I use the free Malwarebytes program to backup other AV software, because none of the others I have tried removed the Antivirus XP and other fake programs that corrupt the registry and slow down the PC. Malwarebytes cleaned up and removed all traces of Antivirus XP 2008. I run it weekly after updating the file patterns, which takes only about one minute. Great free program. Also it does not seem to bother my other AV software so I use them both.

  12. I was having some problems with trojans and viruses. For some reason my IE browser kept opening up without my permission on start-up and I had to end the process to close it.

    This never happened before so I tried to find the answer online, I came across a tech support forum with someone who had the same problem and the techie recommend Malwarebytes anti-malware to remove it. I already have the full verison of AVG but I know from experience that programs and miss a couple of viruses from time to time. So I decided to give it a try. Not only did it fix the problem, it found 14 trojans/spyware on my comp at the same time! I was a bit unsettled by this since AVG didn’t detect them, but they removed it all easily and I haven’t seen IE pop out without my permission since. Whew, thanks Malwarebytes, I thought I was going to loose it!

  13. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  14. Thanks guys, this is a great little program. It completely wiped out some virtumonde crap which spybot SD&D couldn’t quite get rid of completely a couple of months ago.

  15. I was at my wits end…my son’s computer picked up “something” the other night and it was causing the computer to freeze up – sometimes immediately sometimes not for a few minutes. AVG 8.5 could find nothing.

    Ended up going to safe mode where after a 2hr scan AVG found and “removed to vault” a win32/Cryptor virus. Didn’t fix problem though! Only said it moved it!

    After 4-5 hrs of poking around the internet looking for a solution Geeks to Go website recommend MBAM. Got it, but wouldn’t load. WTF!

    Thats when I found out that these dang things can block the apps from finding them. Fortunately on the MBAM forums a person there mentioned another handy little app called rootpeal and how to find and remove the portion of the virus that was doing the blocking.

    …worked like a hot damn and then MBAM had no problem removing the freakin Trojan crap!!!

    Dang this requires another whole new round of learning to keep this crap out of my system. But Mbam will certainly on my list to keepers. I think i may purchase it too so I can have the realtime protection on my sons comp – this shit is getting crazy/dangerous!

    OH Yah! and I didn’t have to turn off my AVG and Adware to run this! (though I think I’ll dump adware and AVG and try Avira and ).

    kp

  16. I was infected with anti-virus 2008 just by viewing a website. I searched the internet for a solution and came across a post that recommended Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. It worked great at removing the infection I knew about and found several others I wasn’t even aware of. Bravo!

    -Greg

  17. Why can’t anyone answer the MOST OBVIOUS QUESTION How much does the damn thing cost??? What kind of review doesn’t include the most obvious thing people will want to know?

    1. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is completely free – it will detect and remove infections for free, however, if you want to enable the real-time protection it is a one-time fee of $24.95.

  18. I had a bug – “Your system is infected!” – that neither Windows Defender nor another malware removal program could get rid of. I downloaded Malwarbytes Anti-Malware and it restored my computer to working condition.

  19. hey, i just got done with emailing malwarebytes tech support and just got a smart ass answer and no help.
    first he tells me they set a switch and then he says they don’t. i have had this trojan for a week and everyday i remove it and it comes right back.
    i ponied up the $25 thinking it would help more in real time, but no. nothing but a smart ass. wish i knew who ran this company.

  20. I really appreciate this review and site. There is so much bad information out there about how to actually get rid of the Windows System Defender crap, and it sucks that Microsoft does not have an adequate fix for it. Also, there are a ton of blogs that have info on how to get rid of the spyware, but when they don’t have comments on them, or only have one comment that is a glowing review. Thanks, and I hope more people find this resource, as the free download of the malwarebytes got rid of the problem on my wife’s computer that McAfee could not.

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