Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium Review
by The HighlightReviews.com Staff
Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2015
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Let's face it: in today's world, we could all use a little extra protection. Nearly every week there are stories in the news about banks, retail stores, online merchants, and many other businesses being targeted by hackers who want to steal your personal information. It seems like many of these hackers are one step ahead of the antivirus programs designed to keep your data safe. We think it's time to turn the tables on these nefarious types and get protection that works in real-time to block malware and security threats before they can strike.
It is important to note that anti-malware software usually works in conjunction with antivirus software. It is able to detect any malware or spyware files that may slip by your antivirus software (or already be on your computer) and remove them before they have a chance to activate and cause irreparable damage or steal your private information. Anti-malware software is constantly being updated to stay current on newly created malware and protect you from the latest threats that antivirus software may not know to look for yet.
We've checked out one of the top names in online security, Malwarebytes.org, to review their popular anti-malware software, Anti-Malware Premium. They also offer a basic version of Anti-Malware that is free, so users can try out their product before committing to a year-long subscription.
Malwarebytes has done a nice job of keeping their website easy to navigate, while still providing a lot of information about each one of their products. We also like their cute graphics that (not so) subtly steer you in the direction of their paid products, but in a fun and non-pushy way. Some of the terms they use seem to assume the shopper has a certain level of comfort with technical lingo, but don't be scared off if you're not sure what heuristic detection or an anti-rootkit is. It would be nice to get a little more explanation for those terms that aren't in our everyday lexicon, but they do include a quick explainer video on their homepage that helps describe their product.
Once I selected the product I wanted to purchase, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium, I was immediately taken to a shopping cart page that also serves as step one of the checkout process. It clearly lists the product and price, currently $24.95 to cover three PCs for one year. It also lets you know that you're signing up for a subscription that you can cancel at any time. At the bottom of the page it clarifies this statement to say that your subscription will automatically renew every year unless you cancel it. If you don't want to worry about a lapse in malware coverage, this is a great option so you don't have to remember to renew every year. On the other hand, if you're like me and slightly wary of auto-renewals, you can click on the teeny-tiny link at the bottom of the page and opt for the non-renewing version.
I went with the traditional credit card purchase, but they also accept PayPal, wire transfer, and even old fashioned checks or money orders (although you won't be able to download your software until the check clears).
Download & Installation:
The program that is initially downloaded is the free version of Malware Anti-Malware. This wasn't explicitly explained on the download page. It states you will have to activate the premium features, but I was looking for a big, giant, flashing "ACTIVATE!" button when I downloaded the software, and I was a little thrown off by the "Buy Premium" language, because I was pretty sure I just had. Instead it's presented as a subtle link in the top corner of the user interface.
hat aside, it was a quick and painless process to download and install the software. Again though, it's assuming that you're familiar with how to install programs onto your computer before, because it doesn't have a step-by-step guide for how to initiate the installation process once you've clicked the download button.
Using the Software:
Once I entered my product key and got the premium version up and running, it presented me with a clean-looking user interface that immediately asked to scan my computer since it had not been scanned yet. I obliged, and 20 minutes later, I was happy to see that my PC was malware free. During the scan, I did not notice any significant slowdown or performance issues as I browsed the web and went about my usual business.
Once you activate the premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, the user interface gives you the basic options you would expect, like the ability to scan on demand, and customize the type of scan you're doing (both of these options are intuitively found under the "Scan" tab).
You can also customize how and what the software scans under the "Settings" tab. Many of the options require some existing knowledge of computer processes and lingo to fully understand what you're doing. This is also where you'll find the automated scheduling controls that allow you to specify when you would like each type of scan to run on your computer.
Malwarebytes scored 4.1 out of 5.0 overall thanks to their user friendly website and purchasing experience, inexpensive pricing, and fairly intuitive interface and usability. At Malwarebytes.org, you can also find anti-malware software for your mobile device, anti-exploit protection, secure online backup, and a host of tools that can be used if you're trying to remove malware from a computer that has already been infected. Many of their products are free to download, so it's definitely worth taking a look to see if your computer could benefit from any of their extra security measures.