Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is one of the best protection platforms for our computer that we can install today in Windows, incorporating a series of tools that will keep us away from different viruses, spyware, and any other threat. In this case, we will review the features of its free version, which, although it does not offer real-time protection, can get us out of trouble at specific times.
As we said before, you have to keep in mind that this version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will not automatically detect the dangers that could be lurking on your PC, so you should run it at least once a week. When running, it will log all the contents of your computer, looking for worms, spyware, keyloggers, and all kinds of potential threats.
What types of scans does this software offer? Two. The first one is called Threat Scan , which is responsible for scanning the different areas where malware is usually found on Windows computers. The second alternative, Custom Scan , proposes a much more specific analysis, customized if you will, in case we have some pre-existing suspicions. There is then a third analysis, the Hyper Scan , for which you have to pay for the Premium version of the program.
The first measure that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware takes once it finds specific threats on our computer is to quarantine all files that may be suspicious so that we analyze them and see what to do with them. If we consider they can cause us damage, we can create exclusion lists of specific files to ensure they will not bother us.
Although this program is one of the fastest programs that has analyzed our computers in search of all kinds of spyware and others, we can't fail to mention that this speed means that the results are sometimes minimal. By this, we mean that some tests have missed specific threats that other similar software, executed simultaneously, have been able to detect. However, it takes longer to complete the analysis.
As for the interface of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, we must say that if you are one of those who tried the program in its early days and you give it a new opportunity, you will see the work that the developers have done in this regard. Right now, the visual aspect of this platform is one of the best in its category, and even without knowing it too much, it is elementary to know where each function is located.
Speaking of which, we can say that the internal navigation is determined by four sections that we could consider main. These are called Dashboard , Scan , Settings, and History . As it is possible to observe, we will find access to the essential functions in the first one. Then we have the scans, Settings or options, and History sections, where the already analyzed quarantined files are stored.
As for secondary functions that have left us a good taste, we have to mention some as File-Assassin , which will allow us to delete all the files that Windows has blocked for considering their potential threats to the security of the environment. This application gives us access to those files to delete them without resorting to Microsoft's protection systems.
What did we like least about this program? Undoubtedly, the fact that it leaves some of its best features, as you will see below, is only available to users willing to pay for the service. While we understand that certain features are reserved for the Premium version, it is a shame that this free variant does not offer real-time protection and forces us to run scans manually.
On the positive side, it does not consume too many resources for anti-malware, works fast, and most of its functions are easily executable, even if we are novices in the field. We could even say that the 14-day trial period was a bit short and that we were left wanting to discover more of its functions.
What does the Premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware offer us? If you found this free version a perfect alternative to fighting threats such as malware, you may be interested in paying for the full option. The main difference between the two is that the paid version works all the time, offering real-time protection, which does not happen with this one. It adds the Syper Scan Mode and some customization options absent in the free version.
But whether you are determined to pay for the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or want to keep it, you should know that it is a more than attractive platform to complement your antivirus. Although it is not the most powerful tool of its kind, not even if we consider only those that are free, it offers acceptable results for the incredible speed with which it performs the scans.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Malwarebytes downloadable for Windows 10?
- Yes, this software can be downloaded and is compatible with Windows 10.
- What operating systems is it compatible with?
- This software is compatible with the following 32-bit Windows operating systems:
Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP.
Here you can download the 32-bit version of Malwarebytes.
- Is it compatible with 64-bit operating systems?
- Yes, although there is no special 64-bit version, so you can download the 32-bit version and run it on 64-bit Windows operating systems.
- What files do I need to download to install this software on my Windows PC?
- To install Malwarebytes on your PC, you have to download the MBSetup-009996.009996-consumer.exe file to your Windows and install it.
- Which version of the program am I going to download?
- The current version we offer is the 188.8.131.52.
- Is Malwarebytes free?
- Yes, this program is free so you will be able to use it without any limitations, and without additional cost.
- Are there alternatives and programs similar to Malwarebytes?
- Yes, here you can see similar programs and alternatives.
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- Operating Systems
- Windows 11
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- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP