Take a Bite Out of Malware with Free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

image Having tested virtually all of the major anti-malware applications, and updates, 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 malware wars that we are involved in, any time we log onto the Internet.

I should add however, that on my Windows 7 RC test machine, I do use Windows Defender and to date, I am mostly satisfied.

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 6 months, is an excellent choice, as a secondary line of defense and I’m glad to report, it works smoothly on Windows 7 RC. This application definitely munches on malware!

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 free application has been downloaded over 2 million times from Download.com alone.


It’s important to note; 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 with this restriction. Instead, use it only as an on-demand, secondary scanner.

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


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.

Regular readers of this site are aware that I generally do not recommend the purchase of commercial software, but in this case, I have to do so. This application is just that good.

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

Quick summary: Discovered malware, including 3 Trojans, not found by SpyBot, or AVG, on a recent test on my test bed.

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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4 responses to “Take a Bite Out of Malware with Free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  1. Great review, Bill.

    I’ve heard nothing but praise of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, which is why I reviewed Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, too.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Kris,

      Great to see another security pro agree. For another strong review of this great application, checkout Kris’ take on MalwareBytes.


  2. Is Malwarebytes comparable with Mc Afee software ? I have XP Winhows.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Marie,

      If your question is – can you run 2 anti-malware programs simultaneously, then the answers is: this is never a good idea. Running 2 anti-malware programs at the same time can often cause conflict, and will generally slow down the system.

      If your question is – can you run Malwarebytes as a stand alone scanner, then the answer is yes.

      For more information on this, read my article “Munch Malware With Free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware “.