MBAM 22.214.171.1242 running under Windows 8.1
|Stable release||126.96.36.1992 / May 20, 2014|
|Preview release||2.00 / January 29, 2014|
|Operating system||Windows XP or later|
|Available in||29 languages|
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (MBAM) is an application for computers running under the Microsoft Windows operating system that finds and removes malware. Made by Malwarebytes Corporation, it was first released in January 2008. It is available in a free version, which scans for and removes malware when started manually, and a paid version, which additionally provides scheduled scans, real-time protection and a flash memory scanner.
MBAM claims to find malware that many other anti-virus and anti-spyware programs miss, including rogue security software, adware, and spyware. MBAM scans in batch mode, rather than scanning all files opened, reducing interference if another on-demand anti-malware software is also running on the computer.
MBAM is available in both a free and a paid version. The free version can be manually run by the user when desired, whereas the paid version can perform scheduled scans, automatically scan files when opened, block IP addresses of malicious web sites, and scan only those services, programs and device drivers that are currently in use.
Malware already installed often prevents the installation of software designed to remove it. Malwarebytes offers what they call Chameleon technologies, stated to install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware even when so blocked.
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- PC World's Preston Gralla wrote that "Using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is simplicity itself".
- CNET in 2008 cited Malwarebytes as being useful against the MS Antivirus malware, and also awarded it an April 2009 Editor's Choice, along with 25 other computer applications.
- Mark Gibbs of Network World gave Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 4 stars out of 5 in January 2009 and wrote that "It does the job and only the lack of a detailed explanation of what it has found stops it from getting 5 out of 5".
- PC Magazine gave Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 3.5 stars out of 5 in May 2010, saying that although it was good at removing malware and scareware, it fell short on removing keyloggers and rootkits. However, the free version got 4.5 stars out of 5—and an Editor's Choice award—for free removal-only antivirus software in 2013-4.
- The usefulness of Malwarebytes Enterprise Edition has been questioned, on the basis that it is particularly good at removing, rather than detecting malware, but adds expense and complexity, and consumes computer resources and reduces performance. For the enterprise, malware removal is usually unimportant, as an infected machine is typically re-imaged from a standard desktop image, discarding the infected system.
- Botcrawl.com in 2012 cited Malwarebytes as being useful for removing reveton ransomware.
Dispute with IObit
On November 2, 2009, Malwarebytes accused rival IObit of incorporating the database of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (and several products from other vendors, which were not named) into its security software IObit Security 360. IObit denied the accusation and stated that the database is based on user submissions, and sometimes the same signature names that are in Malwarebytes get placed in the results. They said they did not have time to filter out the signature names that are similar to Malwarebytes. IObit also stated that Malwarebytes did not have convincing proof, and promised that the databases were not stolen. After the declaration from IObit, Malwarebytes replied that they are not convinced of the argument from IObit. Malwarebytes claims to have served DMCA infringement notices against CNET, Download.com and MajorGeeks.com in order to have the download sites remove the IObit software. IObit said that as of version 1.3, their database has been updated to address those accusations of intellectual property theft made earlier by Malwarebytes.
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- IOBit Steals Malwarebytes' Intellectual Property.
- Declaration from IObit.
- IOBit’s Denial of Theft Unconvincing.
- Malwarebytes accuses rival of software theft. CNET.
- IObit Malware Fighter.