Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

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While the majority of internet users and computer owners are aware of the importance of an effective antivirus product, malware protection is not always a pressing concern. As the web has evolved in recent years, so have the chances of being attacked by a piece of malware, adware or spyware – and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE offers protection against such threats.

Features

Unlike many other similar internet security products, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware package has a comprehensive set of features in the cost-free version. An upgrade can be purchased, but the regular version will be more than sufficient for most people. At the very least, an uninvited piece of software could display adverts during regular internet use. However, at the other end of the scale, the more aggressive threats online could record and transmit bank details and credit card numbers, or even render a computer completely unusable.
Antivirus software will prevent some of these threats, but Malwarebytes provides a set of tools that will completely eradicate rogue software from any attached hard drive. Even the fastest and most basic scan can detect items that are slowing down the general running of a computer, meaning that a few minutes of scanning can have long-term benefits for the user.

When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is installed, the user has two basic choices – a ‘Quick’ scan and a ‘Full’ scan. In the majority of cases, the faster option will be sufficient. Once a threat has been identified, the software moves quickly to erase it from the system. The regular version of the product also has the extremely useful ‘Chameleon’ feature, which allows the tool to be installed on systems that have already been infected. This can save a huge amount of frustration for the user, as many rogue threats have now been programmed to block installations of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

A popular use for the software is to remove the infamous ‘Police’ malware, which consists of a screen that locks the entire system until a ‘fine’ has been paid for illegal internet usage. The ability to install this product without detection allows people to return their PC to a healthy state, reducing the amount of money that is regularly paid to these criminal organisations by vulnerable web users. Running regular updates will keep the software in the best possible condition, as the team of developers can write new protection code in a very short time.

Comparison

Although Malwarebytes has achieved the top rank in anti-spyware products, Norton 360 is also a well-known brand name in this field. However, a full version of this product is around $90 per year, and the list of benefits is comparable to a user who has installed a free version of antivirus software (as well as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE).

Many new computers and laptops are dispatched with a version of the Norton product, and as a result there are millions of people who are blissfully unaware of a lower-cost alternative – which in this case is actually $0.00! At the same time, many consumers get frustrated at the amount of pop-up messages that Norton 360 generates, and this may explain why download.com shows that it has only been downloaded around 2 million times (which is approximately 1.8% of the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware total).
Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013 is another heavily-marketed package in this area, but the basic malware protection features have been moved to a premium service. Users can be charged up to $100 per year, which seems crazy when a little Google research shows that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a completely free alternative. Some software providers offer a free product with chargeable support, and again this is something that comes free with the Malwarebytes software package.

Conclusion

When considering the list of anti-malware options, it seems clear that the word ‘FREE’ really does relate to the best possible choice. It is always a sensible idea to invest wisely in computer security products, so a no-cost solution that is fully effective is indeed a ‘no brainer.’ While other companies may use free trials and pre-installed packages to ‘scare’ consumers into making a purchase, the Malwarebytes Corporation has recognised that their free product is a perfect business model.

Their corporate sales provide the revenue to offer this zero-cost product, and everyone benefits from a growing global network of computers that are constantly working to eradicate malware threats. ‘Word-of-mouth’ marketing has enabled the brand name to become recognised all over the world, and a growing number of computer users are now aware of the need to have a dedicated malware product. While a good virus scanner will always detect threats in real-time, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE can be deployed to dig deep into the existing files and folders of a computer. In the future, major computer retailers may begin to offer this software as a conscientious alternative to aggressively-marketed packages.

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