Review: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware’s Free Version

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    Even with the best antivirus software many computer system overtime, get infected with various malware software. Malware software often comes bundled with various downloads from the internet. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware’s free version is one of the best tools for you to tackle malware in your system. Malware bytes isn’t meant to replace your traditional antivirus. Instead, it is for clearing up all malicious malware programs that most antivirus software bypass. Unlike many other similar programs Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has been a robust performer. You can schedule auto-updates in the premium version and manually update in the free version.

    Setup

    Malware bytes Anti-Malware’s free version and the premium one can be both found on the official website. The download links directly download the installer package without redirecting to any other third-part sites. While you run the installer in the last step you will be given a choice to test the premium version of the software free for 1 month. You can opt-out of it or choose it. After 1 month period the software automatically reverts to free version.

    Interface and use

    The Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has a simple interface.

    The tabs in the top horizontal bar allow you to easily navigate. The prominent Scan Now button will initiate the Scan you have selected. By default, ‘Threat Scan’ is selected. Hyper can is available to users with premium version. It is a very useful if you schedule a hyper scan every week. Hyper scan is very fast and barely affects the speed of your system.


    In the settings tab you can find a huge assortment of options. For most users, they don’t need to change any settings. If you have a premium version you can schedule automated scans.


    Scanning

    Once you click on Scan Now, the program first checks for updates. It will check for updates every time it runs a scan.


    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware doesn’t have a huge impact on performance during a regular scan. The program also scans for rootkits which is a great feature to have. For premium users Chameleon feature disguises Malwarebytes to prevent it from being detected by malware software.

    Cons

    One major flaw of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free is that it works for malware software only after they have been installed on your system. Also you have to remember to manually scan your system and update the software. Malwarebytes also doesn’t inspect Email or your web browsing.

    Final verdict

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free is one the best free anti-malware tools you can find. It is very effective is removing adware. It even checks for the all the annoying toolbars and plugins in your browser. While it cannot substitute your Antivirus program having one installed can enable you to quickly sort out malware from our system.

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