Malwarebytes, as you can probably guess from it’s name, is a tool that concentrates on the removal of malware. This differs from all the other companies we review as it’s not a full anti-virus package and so lacks some of the features that you usually get from a package like Total AV or McAfee. Do you need a full package though?
Malwarebytes is definitely one of the top-rated anti-malware tools out there. As the name suggests it’s an anti-malware tool but it also deals with spyware, adware, trojans – you name it! It’s a very basic program and therefore doesn’t have a lot of features to trip over on and so you’d expect great reliability and that’s what you get!
Detects and removes malicous software on your computer like viruses, adware or spyware.
Spyware secretly monitors what you do on your computer. Its aim is usually to capture passwords, banking credentials and credit card details.
Detect which websites are safe and can be trusted. Block malware websites and downloads.
Adware is malicous software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material such as banners or pop-ups.
Set your own scheduled for system antivirus scans including what locations to scan.
We’ve made it clear that the software isn’t a full anti-virus package and so you can’t expect a whole host of features, can you? If you are after a quality, reliable virus removal tool then this could very well be the one! It’s very good at doing what it’s been designed for.
Malwarebytes tend to push their free software but this is fairly limited and we feel it’s only good for a one-time scan. There are no virus preventative features in the free version. Upgrading to their paid version will cost you £34.99 but enables real-time scanning, scan scheduling and flash memory scanning. Even though it’s one of the best malware removal tools on the market, you’re paying a lot for a very basic program.
To be honest there’s not a lot of support in terms of talking to someone but they do offer support in the form of FAQs, How to guides and videos and also email/ticketing support. The software is very simple so we hope the end-user shouldn’t run into many issues.