Malwarebytes Anti-malware

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Malwarebytes Anti-malware

Best crime fighter against PUP's/adware

4

Our rating: 

4

Pros & Cons:

Best PUP & PUM detection, very fast scan speeds, self protection modules, performs well against new ransomware and malicious registry keys, has very good heuristics, brilliant exclusion settings, identified thread logs during scan, signature-less anomaly detection for increased protection.
No portable version, turns premium trial on by default and produces nag screen if turned off, poor against regular malware and zero-day threats, no cloud engines, needs to download signatures, auto startup on boot by default.

Our Review:

Installation:
Compared to other scanners, there is no portable installer for MBAM. The download size is around 65MB and takes around 160MB of HDD space. Install provides 2 options for Personal PC/Work PC. In the latest version, the premium trial is installed by default and starts itself with Windows. These settings can be changed post install. 
 
Interface: 
The main GUI has a system status pane that is color coded: Green for good status, Orange for warning of a condition and Red for immediate action required. The left side pane is neatly tabbed with Dashboard, Scan, Quarantine, Reports & Settings. MBAM can be heavily customized by limiting user access, registering to Windows action center, setting scan impact through priority, notifications mode for full screen apps etc. The right side bar displays the protection layers (trial), scan status with reports, malware detections if any and finally update details. 
 
Features: 
Since the trial version is installed by default, you wont' be getting real-time protection (web, exploit, malware & ransomware) after trial period. Also scheduled scans don't work in free mode. Malwarebytes has a self protection module that prevents its files & processes from being altered/damaged by malware (best for infected systems). There are 3 scan types; Threat scan: comprehensive and recommended option, Hyper scan: fastest scan mode for active malware and Custom scan that allows you to set scans for memory, startup, registry, archives, rootkits, PUP, PUM & filesystem objects. The exclusion settings are comprehensive and one of the best. Logs are available while scan is ongoing. 
 
Usability: 
Malwarebytes has probably the best detection against PUP's and PUM's thanks to recent acquisition of Adwcleaner. MBAM performs well against new ransomware types, infected registry keys and has extremely good heuristics. Scan speeds are extremely good compared to other scanners. The premium features are turned on by default and requires UAC to turn them off. Malwarebytes performs badly against regular malware/viruses, lacks cloud engines and has poor detection of zero-day malware.  

 


Malwarebytes Anti-malware was reviewed by on based on version 3.7.1.2839.