Malwarebytes Review 2012
Malwarebytes was started by a single person and gradually snowballed into a team of highly motivated and extremely talented researchers, staff members and developers. It is an effective anti-malware tool, which has free and professional version. It has an amazingly quick scan that takes about 8 minutes even when other high-resource programs are running. The heuristics engine has time and again proved that it is capable of figuring out dangerous applications and ignoring false positives.
The tool also gives you an added advantage as it comes with a scan-on demand for specific files, multiple drives scanning that include networked drives and an option to remove locked files called the File ASSASSIN. The process of installation is fast and it is also equipped with an instant file definition update. The anti-malware?s main page offers a variety of scanning option such as flash, full or quick scan. The flash scan is available only for the Pro edition that scans autorun objects and other memory peripherals.
The scanner has a detection rate of 79 percent, which is ranked as the second lowest in the genre of the current threats on the computer. However, the anti-malware ranks the highest on detecting and cleaning up on whatever is in its detection list. It achieved a 100 percent detection feat on the scareware removal sub test. None of the other anti-malwares in the same group had a perfect clean up as that of Malwarebytes.
One area where Malwarebytes lags behind is the rootkit removal. It had a low detection level of 57 percent for all the samples that had rootkit technology. After a rootkit removal test was run on the given samples, two of them still had samples. However, the scores by other anti-malware varied a lot on the rootkit removal scale.
It comes with a technically advanced tool that is aimed at tech-savvy users, who want a manual cleanup. The File ASSASSIN feature can delete any file even if they are blocked by some other processes. Other features such as blocking of harmful websites, real-time protection, scheduled updates and scheduled scans are included in the pro-edition.
It cleaned up almost all types of threats it was used upon. The rootkit removal is certainly a bottleneck but the product comes with a free-trial, which makes up for it. It still remains favorite behind Avast free antivirus in free category. It has an efficient real-time protection system that keeps current malware infestations at bay and also does an amazing job while cleaning up the existent malware. It can identify hidden suspicious files that are running in the background of your PC and bring them to your notice. These files open with a right click and then give you an analysis as to what extent can they cause harm to your system; based upon which you can take a decision whether you want to keep the files or remove them.
As per the list of tests conducted on the Malwarebytes, only a few infections could not be fixed by the tool. The anti-malware has been tested and run on heavily infected systems and has not even once faltered or been bogged down. It takes down malwares one by one unlike other anti-virus threats, which handle many real-time threats at the same time and roll them into a single alert pop up. However, either way the threat is removed. Among the various tests, it showed 100 percent detection for scareware. But, the detection rate for malware blocking was a bit lower than that of other malware toolkits.
File Assassin tool helps you unlock and delete the required files. It has efficient and excellent real-time features and it runs a thorough scans at a given allocated time. The scan needs only a few computer resources and hence, doesn?t slow down the processor speed. After every scan the tool displays the log and the time taken & a proper documentation is compiled for every scan.
It has an easy-to-use, uncluttered interface, so you can navigate and set scans quite effortlessly. The overview pane gives you all the information regarding the computer?s protection status at a glance. A descriptive text provided with each tab makes it easier for you to operate the settings. Moreover, if a number of pop-up notifications have piled up, you can get rid of all of them with just one click.
Installing Malwarebytes is extremely simple. The most important setting in this tool is the Scanner Settings that lets you choose the specific locations where you want the program to hunt down for malware. The options present in this anti-malware are extensive and exhaustive enough to cover the entire contents of your system. The scans are really fast and are really easy to manage. It runs a scan immediately after you install it onto your PC and shows you the harmful items on it. That will give you a fair idea of how clean your system is. Support is provided by Malwarebyte?s partners, Support.com. There is an option of Corporate Licensing too, where you can secure your business with Malwarebytes and defend all the threats that affect your system.
- Pros - It has a very fast install rate and is unhindered by malware. It provides a thorough cleanup of your system.
- Cons - The rootkit removal is a big hindrance in this anti-malware. Users can find few rootkits still running after the cleanup.
Bottomline -Best anti-malware software available. It has its limitations though but ideal for its primary work.
- Publisher: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Version: 1.62
- Operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
- Hardware Requirements: 256MB of RAM, 800MHz CPU or faster, 20MB of free hard disk space
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