Malwarebytes Anti-Malware attempts to help free users from the ever-persistent problem of malware infestation. First released in 2008, the program has both a free and paid version. It is available only on Microsoft Windows operating systems and it is available in dozens of languages. The current version is 1.65.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware doesn’t come packaged with any other programs so installation proceeds very quickly and is over in no time. At the end of it, users are given the option to update the program’s database which is just as quick. At the end of this process, the program opens up as a somewhat plain-looking, tabbed window. Each tab has very few options so there is very little clutter to navigate. The program displays the Scanner tab from which user can perform a Quick or Full scan or scan their flash memory. The latter is only available to paid users, however. Users can also scan items using their right click context menu. When scanning is complete, the program displays whatever problems it has found which users can then take action. Unfortunately taking action requires users to restart their computers in order for active threats to be properly dealt with. The Quarantine tab displays all the threats removed from the program and clicking the Logs tab opens up a text document with the result of the program’s latest scan.
The program also allows users to create an Ignore list that will direct the scanner to ignore certain items. This helps you to avoid having to make the same decisions repeatedly.
Nearly every computer user has had an instance where they found it impossible to delete a file from their systems. To that end, Malwarebytes Ani-Malware also comes with another welcome tool called the FileASSASSIN to help the user delete these stubborn files. Clicking the “Run Tool” button in “More Tools” tab opens up a file finder with which users can locate the necessary file. As with malware removal, this also requires a restart.
The program also allows users to customize its behavior by adjusting the items in the Settings tab. The settings allow you to choose which objects you would like to have scanned as well as the actions you would like the program to take upon detecting potentially unwanted programs. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware also comes with a scheduler, however this version is only available to paid users.
Apart from the scheduler and the flash memory scanner, the paid version comes with the RealTime Protection Module, an Automatic Malicious Site Protection tool and Priority Customer support. These extras are available for a one-time license fee of $24.95. If this is attractive to you, the program gives users one-click access to this sign-up window.
One thing that Malwarebytes does not allow is for users to scan archives such as ZIP and RAR files. Unfortunately, the paid version of the program does not address this issue and understandably many users will see this as one of the program’s main shortcomings.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is an overall good tool for removing malware from your computer. Even though the program hasn’t received any major updates in the past few years it is still surprisingly able at finding harmful programs on your computer. It does what it says it will do quickly and without too much fuss. The paid version offers a few more protections but many users may find the free version sufficient.