Is This Your New Internet Security Tool?
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, commonly abbreviated as MBAM, has long been recommended as a supplement to full-coverage security suites. Now with the arrival of MBAM Version 3, it's a full-coverage security suite. Read on to see what’s new, and if you should switch...
What's New in MBAM v3?
Malwarebytes 3.0 has been built from the ground up to provide comprehensive protection, with Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit, Anti-Rootkit, Anti-Ransomware, Malicious Website Protection, and remediation technologies all rolled into one. It also scans your system for infections 3 to 4 times faster than before.
Exploit Protection and Ransomware Protection used to be separate products from MalwareBytes; now they are rolled into main MBAM program along with other, new layers of protection. Behavior-based detection of suspicious activity enables MalwareBytes V3 to block ransomware before it encrypts your data, block exploits before they take control of your PC, and block malware before it trashes or ransacks your system for sensitive data.
The new Malwarebytes user interface is simple and easily understood. Each type of protection and its status is shown on the right side of the screen, along with the dates of the last scan and next scheduled scan, and a summary of suspicious items found.
My first scan took only 1:48. MalwareBytes incorrectly flagged Advanced SystemCare as a PUP (potentially unwanted program), but it was very easy to tell MalwareBytes to ignore that program’s components in future scans. A second scan took 8:18, apparently because rootkit detection was enabled; it’s disabled by default. This time, Advanced System Care was not flagged.
Malwarebytes 3 provides a free trial period of 14 days. When the trial expires, you can continue using all of its protections by paying $39.95 for a one-year license, which is the going rate for other full-protection suites. If you don’t pay, MalwareBytes reverts to its old manual-scan-only form.
Current subscribers to MalwareBytes products can register MalwareBytes 3 for $24.95 forever, as long as you don’t let your subscription lapse. That’s a nice thank-you to loyal customers.
Should You Switch?
MalwareBytes touts its new software as a replacement for outdated signature-based antivirus software. You may not want to rely on MalwareBytes V3 alone; at least, not yet. This suite is so new that it hasn’t been tested by many independent labs yet.
No security program blocks or detects every known threat. That's why I've long recommended the free version of MBAM as a "second look" anti-malware tool. You can run it when you suspect there's a problem, or set a reminder to do a MBAM scan weekly or monthly.
Long-time readers will remember that I've cautioned against running more than one real-time virus scanner concurrently. I've seen competing security tools detect each other as malware, and either attack the other, or go into a "death spiral" that can lock up your computer. But in my experience, MBAM has always "played nice" with other security tools. So I see no problem running the free or paid versions in conjunction with another security suite such as Avast, Avira, Kaspersky, Bitdefender, or whatever you're using now.
Aside from the brief period of time when MBAM was having their ugly spat with PC-Matic (see may article When White Hats Collide http://askbobrankin.com/when_white_hats_collide.html), I've been an enthusiastic recommender of their product. I think MBAM V3 is worth a try.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 9 May 2017
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