Malwarebytes has built an impressive fan-base around its free anti-malware application designed to fend off viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, dialers, rootkits, exploits and malicious website as well as other web-based threats.
The free version does not include scheduled scans, real-time protection, removable drive scans and malicious website blocking. These features and more are available in the paid edition, called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium.
The main advantage of the free application is that it can be run as a secondary line of defense against online threats, by pairing it with the real-time safeguard of a traditional antivirus software.
Hassle-free installation and highly intuitive GUI
Setting up Malwarebytes Anti-Malware isn’t usually a problem to any users, no matter how inexperienced they may be with antivirus applications. As for the interface, the tool is as intuitive as they get, thanks to large buttons and short descriptions that explain each option.
Two scans modes for basic PC protection
Threat Scan is the app’s comprehensive scanning method, as it looks into critical areas of the system where malware is known to hide. The alternative is Custom Scan, which permits users to handpick the exact drives and directories to look into, along with the scan objects (memory, startup and registry settings, archives, rootkits). In addition, it is possible to personalize the tool’s behavior when detecting potentially unwanted programs and modifications (PUMs).
Advanced scanner configuration
Users who want to further customize Anti-Malware’s behavioral pattern may tinker with settings surrounding exclusions, rootkits, archives and advanced heuristics. It is possible to enable and examine scan logs, resort to a proxy server for virus database updates, disable notifications, integrate the app into the Windows Explorer context menu for quick scanning, and so on. Items sent to the quarantine can be examined before deciding whether to keep or delete them.
Created by Jayro Jones (Reset Computers).