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Discussion in 'Other PC Software' started by rondom, 2018/03/17.
Is malwarbytes still a favorite program?
Yes, I would say so. I've used it for quite a number of years. Broni (Malware Specialist) usually gets members with Malware to use it during his recommended diagnosis and clean up.
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Hi rondom. Yes, its one of my go to malware removal tools for cleaning up malware infections and the real time protection features including the anti-exploit protection is great to have enabled on your system. As long as you don't mind paying about $40 dollars per year for one PC, I think this is one program that is actually worth paying for but you can still use the free version as well.
I would say it is again a favorite program. It fell out of good graces with many when Malwarebytes (the company) clearly pushed out Malwarebytes 3.0 (the totally revised program) without adequate beta testing and clearly before it was ready just before the 2016 holidays. And sadly, it took well over 6 months to work the bugs out as many of the "fixes" and patches either didn't work, or made things worse for a lot of users.
I think what hurt Malwarebytes was their own stellar reputation. Version 2.x (Malwarebytes Anti-malware or MBAM) was a stalwart cornerstone security program since its inception over 10 years ago. The new Version 3.x (now just "Malwarebytes", not Malwarebytes Anti-malware) was totally rewritten from scratch and combined their separate Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware security programs into one big program or "suite".
Probably what saved it from total demise is, for most people experiencing problems the program only "reported" those critical protection features were disabled when in reality, those features were working and still protecting users. But it left users without confidence in their security. It was like driving your car with the brake warning light on and glaring in your face.
But the dedicated developers at the company stuck with it and through all the problems and criticisms worked out all the kinks. IMO, the latest version, Malwarebytes 3.4.x restores their stellar reputation.
I recommend everyone have at least the free Malwarebytes on hand for "on-demand" supplemental scanning just to verify their primary scanner or the user (ALWAYS the weakest link in security) did not let something slip by - and that is regardless their primary scanner of choice.
For those looking for real-time protection, Malwarebytes "Premium" is now the only security program that is not free that I routinely recommend users buy. And the great thing is, Malwarebytes plays well along side other real-time scanners, including Windows own Windows Defender providing very robust security. Windows Defender and Malwarebytes is what I use on all my systems here.
My only complaint is they no longer ofter a one-time lifetime license option for the Premium version - but that's just me as I don't like subscription plans.
If looking to use Windows Defender with Malwarebytes, make sure in the Malwarebytes control panel, you go to Settings > Application tab and scroll down to Windows Action Center and tick the "Never register Malwarebytes in the Windows Action Center" radio button. If you don't do this Windows Defender with disable itself and step out of the way when Malwarebytes is detected.
ONLY available in the "PREMIUM" version.
But that makes sense since only the Premium version has a real-time component and I was talking about the Premium version.
I would agree with what you said retiredlearner. It could provide safety with the antivirus, anti-spyware and anti-malware.