Free Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware – Bites Back

Having tested virtually all of the major anti-malware applications over the last several years, I’m still comfortable using the free version of Spyware Terminator as my application of choice, for active real-time protection in the spyware wars that we, as computer users, are involved in any time we log onto the Internet.

There is no one anti-malware tool however, that is likely to identify and remove all of the millions of rogue malware that infest the cyber world. So to ensure maximum safety, it’s important to have layered defenses in the ongoing fight against malware.

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, which I have been testing for over 2 months, is an excellent choice, as a secondary line of defense. The free version of this speed demon (it’s faster at scanning than any anti-malware program I’ve tested in the last 2 years), with its easy to employ interface, is used by millions of people worldwide to protect their computers. I wasn’t surprised to see that this application has been downloaded over 2 million times from Download.com alone.

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It’s important to note that the real time protection module is disabled in the free version. Less critical, is the disabling of scheduled scanning, and scheduled updating in the free version.

Since real time protection is disabled, I would not recommend that you use this free version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware as a stand alone security application, since it simply will not offer you adequate protection. Instead, use it only as an on-demand scanner.

Despite this real-time protection limitation in the free version, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has an excellent reputation as a first class security application, for its ability to identify and remove adware, Trojans, key-loggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats.

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Numerous users of this Blog, have commented on Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware’s ability to deal with one of the real scourges currently making the rounds on the Internet; rogue security applications.

As a secondary line of defense, I highly recommend that you add this free version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware to your security toolbox.

As a full fledged security application, with all of its features unlocked; real-time protection, scheduled scanning, and scheduled updating, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is a terrific value at $24.95 US.

Fast facts:

Blazing speed on quick scanning

Full scans for all drives.

Daily database updates

Quarantine function

Additional utilities for manual malware removal

Multi-lingual support

Command line support for quick scanning

Context menu integration to scan files on demand

Systems Requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista.

Multi-lingual support: English, Albanian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.

Download at: Download.com

Spyware Doctor Starter Edition, from PC Tools, is another excellent free secondary line of defense against malware threats. You can read the review, and find the download link in my article “Spyware Doctor Starter Edition – The Best Secondary Malware Tool”, on this site.

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10 responses to “Free Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware – Bites Back

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  2. Bill,

    You know, I’ve never tried this one before… In the process of downloading it now… Thank you for pointing Malwarebytes out to me and the other readers.

    • billmullins

      Hi Rick,

      Yes, Malwarebytes’ is a definite keeper, in my view, as a secondary malware
      scanner.

      Based on the overwhelming positive responses from those readers who have
      used it to remove rogue applications, I just had to test it. Glad I did,
      since I now have another tool against the bad guys.

      Bill

  3. Don Diego

    Bill,

    Right now I’m using MBAM as a on-demand scanner and Spyware Terminator with real-time protection. Will there be a problem (memory usage) when I get the full version of MBAM that offers also real-time protection? Can I have both programs on my system with real-time protection?
    Wich program offers the best (most complete) real-time protection?

    KInd regards,
    Piet (from Holland)

    • billmullins

      Hey Piet,

      MBAM, in my experience, is not a resource hog so you should be satisfied
      with its performance.

      It is not a good idea to run 2 Anti-malware applications at the same time,
      since conflicts are almost sure to occur. Instead, I would recommend that
      you download and install Threatfire 3, a free application that will work
      alongside your principal anti-malware app to protect you against zero day
      threats.

      Finally it is often difficult to assess the “best” real-time protection,
      which is why I have recommended Threatfire 3, as per the above.

      You can read my review and download it here – “ThreatFire 3 Free
      Protection Against Zero-Day
      Threats
      “.

      Bill

  4. A squared for older systems, super anti spyware is ok yet I find Comodo firewall in conflict with some apps, but like their malware protection.
    Avast always been the 1 choice left avg for those others. Winpatrol always been a fav but emule arour firewall has replaced it. Never for get Spybot and Adaware along with Spyware blaster. Just making sure Bill.
    I do not know for sure if we have crossed paths before but seeing what you post I am sure we have. Best of the new year to you and Keep up the wonderful work you do for everyone!
    Ric:^D.

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