IObit Malware Fighter

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IObit Malware Fighter
Developer(s)IObit.com
Initial release2004; 14 years ago (2004)[1]
Stable release
6.0.2.4590[2] / May 8, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-05-08)[2]
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Size39.2 MB[2]
Available in32[2] languages
TypeAnti-malware
LicenseProprietary software

Free edition: Freeware; personal use only

Pro edition: Annual Subscription
Websitewww.iobit.com

IObit Malware Fighter (introduced in 2004) is an anti-malware and anti-virus program for the Microsoft Windows operating system (Windows XP and later). It is designed to remove and protect against malware, including Trojans, rootkits, and ransomware.

Overview[edit]

IObit Malware Fighter has a freeware version, which can run alongside the user's existing anti-virus solution. In the paid edition, the product comes with anti-virus protection. As of version 6, released in 2018, the product includes the Bitdefender engine in its commercial version, along with their own anti-malware engine.[3] New features of the latest release include improved user interface, "Safe Box" feature to protect specific folders from unauthorized access, "MBR Guard" that protects from malicious attacks such as GoldenEye/Petya and cryptocurrency mining scripts.[4]

Releases[edit]

In 2010, the first beta for IObit Malware Fighter 1.0 was released to the public.[5]

In 2013, IObit Malware Fighter 2 was released. In this version, IObit debuted their "cloud security" component, in which the user can upload a file to the cloud to determine whether it is malicious or not.[6] In 2015, version 3 was released, and then, in 2016, version 4, which added the Bitdefender anti-virus engine in its commercial edition.[7][8]

In 2017, version 5 was released. Among new features was an anti-ransomware component.[9] Version 6 was released in May 2018.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

  • In November 2011, the free and paid versions of IObit Malware Fighter were reviewed by Bright Hub, in which the reviewer was unable to recommend the product, citing poor malware protection.[10]
  • In May 2013, IObit Malware Fighter received a "dismal" score, half a star out of five, for its paid version by PC Magazine.[11]
  • In December 2013, the paid version of IObit Malware Fighter received a 1 out of 5 star rating from Softpedia.[12]
  • In March 2015, the commercial version of IObit Malware Fighter 3 received a negative review from PC Magazine, with the reviewer calling the product "useless".[13]
  • IObit Malware Fighter received a 4 out of 5 star editors rating on CNET's Download.com.[14]
  • In May 2017, PC Magazine gave the paid version of IObit Malware Fighter a 2 out of 5 star rating.[15]
  • In July 2017, TechRadar gave the IObit Malware Fighter paid version a two and a half star rating, in which the reviewer complained about the product's overall protection against malware.[16]
  • In May 2018, IObit Malware Fighter 6 received a negative review from ReviewedByPro.com website with the reviewer stating that the software “is not capable on protecting the entire family, or heavy internet users as the defenses are not very reliable and security features do not work well”.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knell, Doug (2018). "Secret #9: Install malware and spyware tools as well to keep Big Brother at Bay". Computer Comprehensive Companion: Over 100 computer tips and Windows tricks your friends, family, and most hated enemies only wish they knew!. Innovasion. p. 40. ISBN 9786163821751 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c d e "IObit Malware Fighter" (PDF). IObit.com. 2018-05-08. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Linas Kiguolis (May 14, 2018). "IObit Malware Fighter 6 Pro review, manual and guides". reviewedbypro.com. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Maria Baeta (May 11, 2018). "The new IObit Malware Fighter 6 is here: download it for free before everybody else". Softonic.com. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Martin Brinkmann (December 28, 2010). "IObit Malware Fighter, New Anti-Malware Software". Ghacks. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  6. ^ Ionut Ilascu (May 21, 2013). "IObit Malware Fighter 2 Stable Released". Softpedia. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Mike Williams (January 21, 2015). "IObit Malware Fighter 3 Free extends browsing protection". betanews.com. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Bogdan Popa (March 7, 2016). "IObit Malware Fighter 4.0 Final Brings Full Support for Windows 10". Softpedia. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Mike Williams (March 3, 2017). "IObit Malware Fighter 5 adds anti-ransomware engine, webcam protection". betanews.com. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Donna Buenaventura (November 26, 2011). "IObit Malware Fighter Review". brighthub.com. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Neil J. Rubenking (May 17, 2013). "IObit Malware Fighter 2". PC Magazine UK. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  12. ^ Elena Opris (December 27, 2013). "IObit Malware Fighter Pro Review". Softpedia. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Neil J. Rubenking (March 12, 2015). "IObit Malware Fighter 3 Pro". PC Magazine UK. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  14. ^ Eddie Cho (May 20, 2013). "IObit Malware Fighter". Download.com. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  15. ^ Neil J. Rubenking (May 2, 2017). "IObit Malware Fighter 5 Pro". PC Magazine. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  16. ^ Mike Williams (July 18, 2017). "IObit Malware Fighter Pro review". TechRadar. Retrieved August 23, 2018.

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