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Malwarebytes 4.1.2.73


Download/Usage Note
After the 14-day trial expires, Malwarebytes reverts to a free version without the full real-time protection. Editorial rating and user votes are based on review of Malwarebytes 3. Recently released Malwarebytes 4 has not been reviewed.

ProsCons

It's stable in Windows 10: With version 3.0, some users (us included) experienced seemingly random blue-screen errors in Windows 10 unless we disabled most or all of Malwarebytes' active scanning functions. As a result, there wasn't a lot to distinguish the paid version from the free one. However, we can report that we didn't see any BSODs in Windows 10 during our testing of 3.2. This was the only truly major issue we saw in version 3.0, so addressing it brings Malwarebytes back up to "recommended" status.

The scanning engine remains high-quality: During our tests, the app's malware scanner picked up some files and a Registry entry left over from an apparently incomplete uninstallation of a third-party driver management utility that, according to Malwarebytes, may have bundled a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Malwarebytes defaulted to placing these files in quarantine rather than deleting them. This is actually the preferred reflex, since PUPs aren't necessarily harmful, and extracting them can disable the program that they came with. Generally speaking, Malwarebytes' scanning tech is rated favorably by independent testers, such as West Coast Labs and Google's VirusTotal service, and it's cultivated a reputation for not bogging down your PC.

Detailed, plain-English explanations: While other security vendors often slather on fancy-sounding terminology, Malwarebytes is good at telling you exactly what a given feature is doing. Take the "Usage and Threat Statistics" toggle, for example. This covers the anonymous usage data that it collects. In the description on its website, Malwarebytes itemizes basic things like, how many people are running the free version, trial version, and subscription versions? Where is Malwarebytes being used globally? What malware is being detected the most, and how often?

Free to download

Works alongside antivirus programs

Detects and removes malware

Offers a clean interface

Limited testing by independent labs: The company asserts that the average "zero day" malware (the kind that's too new for there to be reliable detection/removal) has only a 55 percent detection rate, which can make a given antimalware app look worse than it is when subjected to a barrage of zero-day infections during testing. Therefore, Malwarebytes does not submit its apps to the full gauntlets provided by AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, whose testing takes special notice of zero-day security. However, if Malwarebytes wants to be recognized among its competition, we'd argue that it needs to submit its apps to the same rigorous standards as the competition, even if those standards can create perception issues.

Many features limited to the paid version

Whats New (version 4.1.2.73)

  • Improved performance for remediation.
  • Enhanced upgrading capabilities.
  • Enhanced exploit protection.
  • Fixed stability issues.


Full Details
GENERAL
App NameMalwarebytes
SloganCrush cyberthreats and shield vulnerable systems with all-new proactive device, data, and privacy protection
PublisherMalwarebytes
Publisher web sitehttps://www.malwarebytes.com/
Release DateJune 30, 2020
Update Last 6 Month2 time(s)
UPDATE
Last Update On2020/08/08
Version4.1.2.73
File NameMBSetup-009996.009996-consumer.exe
File Size1.9MB
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Main OSWindows
Compatible WithWindows 7/8/10/8.1
CATEGORY
CategorySecurity Software
SubcategoryAnti-Spyware
SEQURITY
VirusTotal FlagsNone
VirusTotal Scan LinkCheck Scan
DOWNLOAD INFORMATION
Total Downloads159139399
Downloads Last 7 Days15854
PRICE And Limits
Price$39.99
License ModelFree to try
Limitations14-day trial

Malwarebytes 4 is smarter, faster, and lighter than ever before. is a next-generation antivirus replacement. The first of its kind for home users, Malwarebytes for PC employs four independent technology modules—anti-malware, anti-ransomware, anti-exploit, and malicious website protection—to block and remove both known and unknown threats. Our new Malwarebytes Katana detection engine finds more threats, in less time, with less performance impact. It also tells you more about threats it finds, like their type and behavior, so you can make smarter security decisions. Go beyond antivirus and stop worrying about online threats.Malwarebytes scans and removes deeply ingrained malware from Windows devices. However, it shouldn’t be confused as an antivirus program but as added protection that works alongside the primary software.

What Malwarebytes 4 does for you:

Cleans your PC in just a few minutes. Our free scanner is what put us on the map. It doesn’t just find threats like malware and viruses, it also finds potentially unwanted programs that can slow you down.

Secures your PC, files, and privacy 24/7. Real-Time Protection uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to keep you safe from online threats, even emerging threats that no one has ever seen before.

Protects against online scammers. Web Protection blocks online scams, infected sites, and malicious links. It also blocks phishing scams, which use fake sites to trick you into revealing private info like your bank details.

Stops your files from being held for ransom. Ransomware Protection uses proprietary tech to create a powerful defense against malware that locks down your PC and takes your files and photos hostage.

Features:

Prevents your programs from being used against you
Wraps your web browser and software in four layers of defense, stopping attacks that use vulnerabilities in those programs to infect your computer.

Protects you from fake and infected websites
Detects and prevents contact with fake websites and malicious links. You are proactively protected from downloading malware, hacking attempts, and infected advertising.

Scans faster, scans smarter
Lightning-fast Hyper Scan mode targets only the threats that are currently active. Faster analysis. Still gets results. Run a scan in the background while you boot up your favorite game.

Protects you from advanced threats
Detects and removes malware in real-time with advanced anti-malware, anti-spyware, and anti-rootkit technology.

Protects your files from being locked and held for ransom
Stops unknown and known ransomware with proprietary next-gen technology that works proactively to shield your files. This is a powerful, comprehensive defense that blocks ransomware, and not a simple decryption tool.

Smarter technology
Traditional antivirus relies on outdated signature-based technology that addresses threats at the execution stage of the attack chain. It’s reactive, one-dimensional, and apparently isn’t effective.

Respects your space. Scans now use 50 percent less CPU resources than before, and with Play Mode, you can even turn off notifications and updates while you game or watch movies.Makes your security simple. Our all-new user interface makes it easier than ever to customize your protection. Schedule scans, adjust protection layers, and choose from three scan modes.

For real-time protection that actively prevents infections and protects against malware, viruses, adware, spyware, Trojans and other threats, including blocking unwanted programs, Malwarebytes offers a 14-day free trial of its Malwarebytes Premium software. Basic free version of the software offers manual scanning and removes infections after an attack.

real-time protection layers:

Web Protection
Prevents access to malicious websites, ad networks, scammer networks, and bad neighborhoods.

Application Hardening
Reduces vulnerability exploit surface and proactively detects fingerprinting attempts used by advanced attacks.

Exploit Mitigation
Proactively detects and blocks attempts to abuse vulnerabilities and remotely execute code on the endpoint.

Application Behavior Protection
Prevents applications from being leveraged to infect the endpoint.

Anomaly Detection
Proactively identifies viruses and malware through machine learning techniques.

Payload Analysis
Identifies entire families of known malware with heuristic and behavioral rules.

Behavior Monitoring
Detects and blocks ransomware via behavioral monitoring technology.

Malwarebytes 3.0 was a major update when it arrived in December 2016 — and like many major updates, some aspects were a little rough, particularly stability within Windows 10. With version 3.2, the company claims it has corrected some major issues, so let’s take a look at how this revision stacks up.

The free version of Malwarebytes offers additional protection against malware threats. However, it isn’t an antivirus suite. The software works alongside other antivirus programs for added protection against threats.

Is it free?

Yes, the software is free to download and comes with a 14-day free trial of its premium counterpart. While the free version only scans and removes malware, the paid software is a complete antivirus program. It offers real-time protection, blocks adware and unwanted programs, and runs scans on a schedule.

safe to use?

Yes, Malwarebytes is safe to use on your Windows device. However, it’s not an antivirus program, and users shouldn’t use it as their device’s primary defense system.

clean interface

Malwarebytes Anti-malware program comes with a streamlined dashboard that’s easy to navigate. For starters, you have a prominent arrow pointing downwards to a Scan Now icon. There are also indicators showing the date and time of the last scan, as well as any latest updates. On the left side of the interface, you’ll find four different categories including, Scan, Exclusions, Quarantine, and Reports.

Its full privacy policy even includes detailed and simplified explanations side-by-side. This kind of transparency about your data — and the deliberately limited extent of it — is good to have, and it’s not as common in the security industry as it should be.

Malwarebytes has a huge database and can detect malware that is deeply ingrained in your system. It’s capable of finding malware that other programs miss. Unfortunately, the free version of the software doesn’t provide any additional capabilities. Therefore, if you’re only looking to add an extra layer of protection to your existing antivirus program, you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

When you run a scan using Malwarebytes Anti-malware program, it uses a rootkit scanner to examine your computer’s master and volume boot records. By doing this, the software can spot deeply ingrained or file-less malware and catch them before they cause any damage. The program focuses on detecting and removing malware in the early stages by looking for signs of infection.

Finally now that Malwarebytes appears to have fixed its stability issues in version 3.2, the user experience is rounded out nicely. However, we’d like to see Malwarebytes go through the gauntlets set up by AV-Comparatives and AV-Test to get a better picture of how it stacks up against the competition.