Malwarebytes Anti-Malware‎

MalwareBytes60Malwarebytes should never be your only antivirus software, but having it handy can only help when malware disaster strikes. All Windows PC owners need to run some kind of basic antivirus protection. For that, users have plenty of options — but Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free isn’t one of them. That’s because Malwarebytes is not a traditional antivirus protection program, and the company says says it isn’t directly competing with regular antivirus software products. Instead of targeting the general rabble of malware on the Internet, the company says it’s focusing on catching the newest, most cutting-edge threats that other antivirus companies may not have caught yet.

It’s easy to install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free. The Free Version Download button is featured prominently on the company website, and when you click on it, you’ll be led directly to a download page. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free lists a number of features and settings under the Settings tab on the Dashboard. However, not all of them are available to users of the free edition, and general users probably won’t need the other tools there. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free does not have a quick-scan option or an automatic-update setting. However, there are a few great free tools, available from the Malwarebytes website, that can be used in conjunction with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free.

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With the latest release, Malwarebytes got a much-needed user interface overhaul. Its intuitive UI defaults to a simple dashboard with tabs for scanning, settings and history. The Scan tab lists the three scan types and defaults to a comprehensive scan. Additional scan types are Custom and Hyper, the latter of which quickly searches for active threats. A simplified settings screen presents a two-paned window for configuring general settings and those for malware and Web exclusions, detection and protection, updates, history, access policies and scheduling.

An Advanced Settings page offers options for starting the tool along with Windows, automatically enabling various types of protection, automatic quarantine, delaying startup and enabling self-protection. Scheduling can be applied to scans and for updates to the malware definition database. Options range from monthly and “at reboot” to real time and hourly. There’s also a setting that can reduce the priority of scans to help improve performance of slower or less powerful systems.

https://www.malwarebytes.org/

 

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