If you’ve ever downloaded a file and accidentally downloaded a virus along with it, we can sympathize. As technology advances and takes strides to further improve our day to day life, unfortunately, there are also people who want to use it for more nefarious reasons. There are a number of different types of malware currently afflicting users everywhere, and there are also a lot of programs to help prevent attacks or get rid of the bad stuff once your PC has already been affected. If you’re worried about the safety of your computer, Malwarebytes can help. If you're familiar with antivirus programs, this is similar but better. With several versions of the software available for business and personal use, Malwarebytes will find and remove malware if it is present on your PC, and many of your other devices as well. Cybersecurity has been taken to a whole new level.
The most thorough anti-malware to fully protect your computer
The most thorough anti-malware to fully protect your computer
Malwarebytes is an anti-malware software that works by scanning your devices to find and remove malware. What constitutes as malware? A lot of scary software like trojan horses, spyware, adware, viruses make up just a few of the harmful things that can take over your computer and sometimes completely ruin parts of it, if not all of it. The Malwarebytes website says that this software will make antivirus programs obsolete, as Malwarebytes can find security threats that other programs fail to recognize before it's too late.
Start by choosing which type of device you want to protect, if you're going to be protecting devices at home or at your workplace, and then choose the free or premium version. For the free version, you get everything that comes with the premium for fourteen days. For the home version, you can then choose if you'd like to protect just your device, or everyone in the home for up to ten different devices. After your trial ends, the free version will only help your device once it has been infected. The premium version has features in place that help prevent being infected before it has the chance to happen.
Immediately after downloading to your PC, open the software will ask you if you'd like to start a scan. The scan takes your computer through seven steps, running a timer and a real time count of all the items that are being scanned. In the end, it will let you know how many threats that the software has identified. On the left side of the screen are different tabs to navigate around the software. The dashboard is your home page and shows you the type of protection that you have, the last scan performed, and when the next scan is scheduled for. The Quarantine tab shows where the threats will be once Malwarebytes has found them during a scan. They're organized by name, date, type, and location. You can restore the item if you don't believe that it is truly a threat, or you can delete them from the page which in turn deletes the threat directly from your PC. The Reports tab shows you a list of every scan that was done on your computer and gives you a breakdown of what was found and where.
Your settings tab is where you can fully customize what type of protection you have. Toggle on and off automatic updates, what you'll receive notifications for and how often, whether or not you'd like to provide Malwarebytes with information from your scans, and more. Here, you can also set a scan schedule. The default is to scan daily, but you can change it to weekly or monthly if you'd like.
Where can you run this program?
Malwarebytes is available for a variety of operating systems and devices including Mac, PCs running Windows, Android and iOS mobile devices, tablets, and music players, and Chromebooks. Cool mobile functions include blocking spam calls and ads, and filtering texts in case they're a scam. If you ever try to access a website using Safari that may have dangerous software connected to it, Malwarebytes won't let the page load, stopping the threat in its tracks. Malwarebytes is available for a variety of operating systems and devices including Mac, PCs running Windows, Android and iOS mobile devices, tablets, and music players, and Chromebooks. Cool mobile functions include blocking spam calls and ads, and filtering texts in case they're a scam. If you ever try to access a website using Safari that may have dangerous software connected to it, Malwarebytes won't let the page load, stopping the threat in its tracks.
Is there a better alternative?
For malware, this software is top of the line. The difference between anti-malware and antivirus programs is that antivirus programs are familiar with the regular threats that have been around for a while and that most people know about. Phishing, spyware, and worms are often the types of malicious bugs that antiviruses track down first. Anti-malware, on the other hand, recognizes those threats and also newer types of internet dangers. Every day there's a new type of scary software or code produced that is meant to harm our technology, and Malwarebytes is built to be able to sense that and adapt to the changes. A lot of users feel more comfortable having both antivirus and anti-malware software, and in that case we think that AVG and Avast are two great options that would pair well with Malwarebytes.
We think that Malwarebytes covers all of the bases and does it well. Not only are we protected from malware that most other software isn’t even aware exists yet, but we can add, remove, and customize permissions to our liking. As soon as you open the software, it gets straight to the point.
Should you download it?
Yes, we completely recommend downloading Malwarebytes. It has a super simple interface that even the most casual, non-tech savvy user will understand. It's clean, and the descriptions of the services don't get too wordy so we aren't overwhelmed. For us, it scanned over 300,000 items on a PC in less than eight minutes, gave us a thorough explanation of what was found and told us how to remove it for good. The only area in which this software falls short is that it doesn't have any options for real-time protection. Sure, Malwarebytes could be scheduled to scan our devices every day, but that won't help us if we accidentally download a threat in the morning and the scan doesn't begin until the next day. So, we would also recommend downloading another antivirus software to work along with Malwarebytes in order to ensure thorough and consistent protection on all of your devices.