Among the several 3rd-party free anti-malware programs available today, one of the most popular one’s is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Malwarebytes’ is fast, light-weight and yet very effective. It is updated several times in a day. Not only will it scan your computer quickly, but it will also remove any malware it finds, completely free!
I decided to check out Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free version.
UPDATE: Read Malwarebytes 3.0 Review.
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I downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, from the link provided at the end of the article. Double-click on the downloaded setup file (mbam-setup.exe) to commence installation. The program installs quickly. During the installation process, keep following the prompts to ensure you are on the right path. Also, do not forget to leave the following checked:
- Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked.
Once the installation is complete, your anti-malware will now automatically start. A small message prompting you to update the program before performing a scan will appear on your computer screen. Allow the program to automatically update itself and press the OK button at the end.
The main Window of Malwarebytes will now appear. It displays the main menu of the program. This includes,
- Quick Scan
- Full Scan
- Flash Scan
Perform a scan of your choice! At the end you get a report. If any malware is found, you are notified. You are also taken back to the main Scanner screen.
If any infections were found during the scanning, Malwarebytes removes them and adds the removed items to the programs quarantine. While removing infections, MBAM may request you to reboot. Allow it to do so.
Later, continue with the rest of the steps. Also, the program will open the scan log and display it in Notepad. Review the log as desired, and then close the Notepad window.
The update module allows you to check for updates. You can check for updates manually or automatically via his module. For complete protection it is necessary, your database is up-to-date.
Logs module lets you trace all recent program’s activity.
You can add exceptions to the ‘Ignore List’ so the ‘Scanner’ and ‘Protection’ module ignores them in future.
Here you can set up your own settings. The Password set feature is available in the license version only. If you want, you can buy the paid version.
The latest version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware now has new logos and icons and displays Windows 8 Start screen notifications. It shows better compatibility with many other security products in real-time.
Unlike several other free anti-virus software, its free version however, does not offer Real-Time active malware protection from known threats as well as Heuristic Protection from new zero day malware. So it is best to have it installed as a second stand-alone antivirus scanner just in case you need a second opinion.
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UPDATE: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free 2.0 has been released.
Additional reading: Malware Removal Guide.
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If anyone of you are using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, please do share your experiences here for the benefit of others.