Download Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware – A Must Have Free Secondary Malware Scanner

imageDepending on a single security applications to provide broad scale protection, is an absolute “non-starter”. A single security applications does not, and never has had the ability to do this, despite the commonly help belief to the contrary.

Part of the layered security  process (stacking security solutions, one on top of the other, to cover the gaps that exist in the protection capabilities of even the most sophisticated security applications), consists of supplementing the primary AV application with an on-demand malware application. In other words, an AV application that does not start with Windows but instead, is available for manual scanning.

Actually, there’s no harm in installing more than one antimalware application to be used as a secondary scanner – doing so can be advantageous. However, be sure NOT to allow more than one application to autostart, in order to prevent potential conflicts.

Virtually all free security applications are programmed to autostart after installation, so be aware of this, and make the necessary adjustments using MSConfig.

I run Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware every day, as a secondary malware scanner, since I have absolutely no faith that a single security application offers adequate protection.

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), is used by millions of people worldwide to protect their computers.

It’s important to note that the real time protection module is disabled in the free version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. Actually, this is perfect for your purpose. Less critical, is the disabling of scheduled scanning, and scheduled updating in the free version.

Each day as I manually update the definition database I’ve noticed that typically, the definition database has been updated 3/5 times in the previous 24 hours. Since study after study indicate that new malware is created at the rate of 20,000 new versions every single day, it’s easy to see that Malwarebytes’ is being proactive to these conditions.

A simple, intuitive, and easy to use interface, makes Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware straightforward to setup, customize and run, for both less experienced and expert users alike.



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

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.

Systems Requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Win 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).

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.

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Two quick tips:

Malwarebytes should be run in normal user mode, not safe mode.

I normally run “Quick Scan” and not deep scan since Malwarebytes concentrates on folders where malware is targeted in this mode. In quick scan mode, a scan generally takes seven minutes, or less, on my system.

Another great free alternative:

The free version of SUPERAntiSpyware despite it’s lack of real-time protection deserves its reputation as a first class security application, and it’s definitely worth considering adding to your security toolbox as a secondary line of defense.

You can read the review, and find the download link in my article “Knockout Malware With SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition”, on this site.


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17 responses to “Download Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware – A Must Have Free Secondary Malware Scanner

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  2. kingpin

    Hi Bill,
    I have MBAM Pro installed on all my laptops,can’t imagine my internet life without it.My question is that can only use a paid version of MBAM as a single stand alone security?[ i.e. without any anti-virus]

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Kingpin,

      Yes you can, since Mb protects against viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, etc. But, since Mb plays very well with other AVs, you * might* want to consider running a dedicated Anti-Virus application for back- up.



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  4. Liam O' Moulain

    Hi Bill,

    I’ve been using this as a secondary scanner for some time now – since you first recommended it. A great anti-malware application.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Liam,

      Good to hear I convinced you. LOL

      You’re right thought, this is a topnotch application.

      Thanks for coming by.


  5. g

    Hi Bill, I can’t say enough good about MWB. Since you turned me on to it several years ago, it has been in my arsenal of weekly scanning tools. Highly recommend – it continues to find those nasties that others fail to find.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey G,

      Have to admit, Malwarebytes gives me a huge boost in confidence when I’m surfing. You’ve been driving with MWB for 2 years, and that says it all.


  6. John Bent

    Hi Bill

    I’m slightly confused (no change there then!). I am currently McAfee Security Centre (I know, I know but I’ve been using it for years) together with MBAM paid-for version. These are currently both running in real time and I have other malware checkers that I use on demand from time to time.

    My question is, are there any confliction issues from running McAfee and MBAM together in real time? My understanding was that you should not run 2 AV programs OR 2 malware programs at the same time.

    Kind regards


    • Bill Mullins

      Hi John,

      I can certainly understand your confusion since the prevalent advice is, as you say, “you should not run 2 AV programs OR 2 malware programs at the same time”. In most cases, this advice stands since the likelihood of conflict between applications is generally fairly high. MBAM is atypical in this respect, since it does play well with other AVs (MBAM actually mention this on their site) .

      Since I know that you also run ThreatFire, I’m not convinced that running both McAfee Security Centre, and MBAM concurrently, is advantageous.



  7. Ramblinrick


    I can’t say how many times Malwarebytes has come through for me; especially, when assisting others with malware removal.

    Great article and reminder to us all.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Rick,

      I’m not at all surprised that high level users (like you), choose MBAM as their principal secondary anti-malware scanner. It really is an outstanding application.


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  9. Bill,
    Malwarebytes, and Microsoft’s Security Essentials is what I run on my desktop right now and I’m pretty happy with the setup. I also am using the portable Superantispyware and the Kaspersky Rescue CD as well to do periodic scans.
    I heard a Malwarebytes representative on a podcast last year and they are very honest about the fact that no one program will catch all the junk at any one time. I like Malwarebytes because of the footprint is so small it doesn’t slow down my PC at all. Infected websites are everywhere and WOT can’t check them all. I was browsing for info on my favorite, old Nordic ski’s and Security Essentials caught a trojan before it could install, this on a site that was otherwise innocent, I’m sure the owner wasn’t aware the website had been hacked its just part of the reality of the internet today.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mark,

      Very interesting! Our protection solutions are identical. Just put a post up on Superantispyware, in fact. Quite agree – the anti-malware solution that can catch everything, doesn’t exist.

      Tomorrow’s article is on unsafe sites, but I’m going to change the opening to reflect your experience with your “old Nordic ski” site. Surfers are generally unaware that legitimate sites can harbor malware.



  10. TeXaCo

    Hey Bill,

    Malwarebytes is such an awesome program to have. It is one of the best balanced programs out there that will catch most everything yet not generate the false positives that alot of other programs do. I use it as a secondary scanner and use A-Squared Antimalware as the main program for malware on top of Avira Premium antivirus.

    They work together very nicely but I have been noticing minor issues with A-squared like a few false positives and a few service errors that I am thinking about buying Malwarebytes to run it as my main antimalware program and see how it does and maybe bump A-squared to the #2 position


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Tex,

      A-squared is a great app, but it does produces a lot of false positives. The problem with false positives of course is, they can scare the hell out of inexperienced users. I actually addressed this issue with A-squared some time ago.

      Frankly, I prefer Malwarebytes over A-squared, but that’s really just a subjective opinion.