Most effective anti-malware protection any program can provide. It detects all those malwares that a good anti-virus program fails to detect. it monitors every processes and stops any malicious processes from being executed.

 

malwarebytes anti-malware premium provides advanced threat protection with 4 malware-fighting modules. (Features as per program developer)

  • Anti-malware
  • Anti-ransomware
  • Anti-exploit
  • Malicious website
  • protection
  1. Anti-Malware: Detects and removes malware in real-time with advanced anti-malware, anti-spyware, and anti-rootkit technology. Scans for the newest and most dangerous threats automatically.
  2. Anti-Exploit: Wraps your browser and software programs in four layers of defense, stopping attacks that use vulnerabilities in those programs to infect your computer.
  3. Anti-ransomware: Stops unknown and known ransomware with proprietary next-gen technology that works proactively to shield your files. This is a powerful, complete defense that blocks ransomware, and not a simple decryption tool. So you’re protected from tomorrow’s “Ransomware Attack!” headlines today.

4. Malicious Website: Detects and prevents contact with fake websites and malicious links. You are proactively protected from downloading malware, hacking attempts, and infected advertising. Worried about wandering into a “bad” Internet neighborhood? Now you don’t have to be.

5. Protection: Lightning-fast Hyper Scan mode targets only the threats that are currently active. Faster analysis. Still gets results. Run a scan in the background while you boot up your favorite game. It’s done by the time you’re ready to play.

Our review based on what developer claim

Developer’s claim in regard to the features of program is almost accurate, but when it comes to the execution of these modules, there is slightly difference between the developer’s claim and actual performance of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium.

Real time protection works quietly in the background & stops external malware attacks automatically, but in 10 percent cases it blocks good programs & quarantine them automatically.

Threat scan is set as application default & is very good. it runs very fast, which is a positive and very welcome feature, but despite of being one on the top most recognized good anti-malware program it still needs some improvements. there are three different modes available for scan.

  • Threat scan: Most comprehensive scan, it scans all the places malware is known to hide, including memory, startup, registry, and filesystem objects. Recommended for daily scan.
  • custom Scan: Allow to scan where and what you want to scan including modification such as memory startup & registry, but it excludes the choice of option to be chosen for file-system objects. it also enables you to customize the treatment of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) & modifications (PUMs).
  • Hyper scan: To check memory & startup objects for active malware threats.

web protection exploit protection malware protection & ransomware protection which works silently as a part of real time protection feature of the premium version of program which is not available in free version. 

on the left side of the program, you can find different section into which program’s function is divided.

  • Dashboard
  • Scan
  • Quarantine
  • Reports 
  • Settings

at the right side of dashboard section, every important features of the program is shown, which enables users to have to have a bird view on the kind of protection this program is offering to the users .

Threat scan: It performs the several actions that includes the followings.

  • Check for updates: it checks for any new available updates before scanning the several areas of system  to ensure that latest threats can be detected & prevented on timely basis.
  • Pre-scan operations: I don’t know what this function actually does, but it can be guessed that in this phase application activates all the threat detection features of program.
  • scan for rootkits: It scans in the system roots area to to find any possible malware that may could hide.
  • scan memory: in next step, it scans the system memory area to find out, if any malware threat is there and to prevent it from damaging the system memory area, it helps to prevent system crashes or failure that may occurs due to malware attack.
  • scan startup files: After Memory Scan, Startup files are checked to see if any startup files are affected by malware attack to prevent it from further damaging the system.
  • scan registry: Registry scan is done thereafter to ensure that registry files are secure and if affected, malware can be prevented from damaging the registry files.
  • scan file system: and finally system files are checked for malwares.
  • heuristics analysis: After scanning process is completed, heuristics analysis is done to decide the possible action required to be taken against detected security threats/malwares.

 

users can check the list of malwares detected and action taken by the program along with threat name, date of detection, file type of threat detected and location where threat was existed  in quarantine section.

Users can see the list of action taken by the app in the background, which has been performed silently by the application including scan report, malware attack blocked and suspected website blocked by the application.

In settings/application, users can set on/off to automatic security database updates download and install . application update notification can be also set to on/off for program updates. users can also set notification on/off for system tray.

Notification for real time protection settings when turned off, is available. users have variety of options available to choose from, which is an additional feature of this application. Users can set notifications on/off based on their priorities.

Impact of scan on system can be also set, but it is set to “Manual scans have high priority and will finish more quickly” by default. however users can also set it to “Lower the priority of manual scans to improve multitasking” but this will take more time to complete the scan than the first one.

Windows context menus users can set it to on/off, if they like or don’t like the option, to scan any files manually directly from context menu.

and Application settings list goes on. There are list of application settings that users can set it manually according to their preferences including program’s language, Event log data, Proxy Server, other user’s access to all the features of program & usage and threat statistics.

there is a separate setting for Windows action center, where users can choose to “let malwarebytes apply the best windows action center settings based of the user’s system” which is by default set by the application, or users may choose to “never register malwarebytes in the windows action center” or “always register malwarebytes in the windows action center”.

In Settings/protection section users can see web protection, Exploit protection, malware protection & ransomware protection, which is shown on the dashboard of the application. Users can turn on/off any of these features directly from dashboard or from protection section in settings.

users can also turn on/off scan options including scan for rootkits, scan within archives & use signature-less anomaly detection for increased protection. under potential threat protection potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) can be set to always detect PUPs (recommended) or users may simply choose to ignore detections or warn users options.

similarly for potentially unwanted modifications (PUMs) users can either choose option 1: ignore detections, option 2: warn users or option 3: always detect PUMS (recommended).

in startup options users may choose to start malwarebytes with windows startup, delay real-time protection when malwarebytes starts, enable/disable self-protection module & enable/disable self-protection module early start. users may also choose to quarantine detected malware automatically or manually by enabling/disabling automatic quarantine detected malware option.

users can schedule scans as and when they want to & certain programs, files or file types can be excluded from scans in case any program that is trusted by the user, is being detected as threat by the malwarebytes. subscription details can be checked in my account section under settings that includes the license key currently being active and the period of subscription remaining for the account.

and finally at last in about section under settings users can see additional information about the version of program they are using as well as database update version and details about the developer company.

Conclusion based on the review

Pros:

  1. among several anti-malware available in the market (excluding anti-virus & internet security applications), malwarebytes is the best option available to users to protect their system & valuable data from malwares attack.
  2. Almost every function is customizable, which is an additional benefit to advanced users, they can enable/disable features according to their needs.
  3. resource consumption of the application is also very low and it provides peace of mind to the users from any external threats attack. threat scan takes 6 min.(approx) to complete.

Cons:

  1. despite of being the best anti-malware option available in the market today, malwarebytes shows false positive results in almost 10% of cases. It blocks Advance system care & Advanced system optimizer from running. there are more applications in the list which is detected as a threat by malwarebytes.
  2. even if you have malwarebytes installed on your system, you are not fully protected unless you have anti-virus also installed. that may cost double for the users.
  3. malwarebytes 1 year personal subscription costs for $39.99 & 1 year business subscription costs for $57.99, which is almost equal to the cost of top anti-virus products available in the market today. this is another drawback of this application.

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