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Malwarebytes Review 2020 – Features & Pricing

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Malwarebytes Review 2020 – Features & Pricing

Malwarebytes is completely capable of removing all sorts of malware — ransomware, trojans, spyware, and PUPs.
Overview
Operating System

Windows 7/8/10, Android, Mac

Real-Time Protection

Yes* - For Premium only

Webcam Protection

No

Vulnerability Scanner

No

Firewall

Yes* - "Browser Guard" for Premium only

Free Automatic Updates

Yes

Quiet Mode

No

VPN

No

24/7 Support

No

Free Trial

Yes

Price

$120 - 1 year/3 devices

Positives

Market compatibility: able to work in a no-conflict regime with its peers. In other words, Malwarebytes is compatible with Norton, Bitdefender, and other products.

Negatives

Refund policy doesn’t relevant to the business and renewal subscriptions.

No good anti-phishing protection: Malwarebytes detected near 29% of the phishing URLs

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Security
8.0
Features
4.0
Performance
9.5
User Interface
9.0
Ease of use
9.5
Support
8.0
Pricing
9.0
Bottom Line

The current Malwarebytes is a full-scale antivirus, not just a second-opinion companion product. With a little effort, you can still run it alongside another third-party antivirus, but you probably don't want to pay for two antivirus solutions.

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Installation Process

Malwarebytes Installing takes 3 minutes and is possible via the “open the downloaded file” option,  and execution suggestions proposed on the dashboard. The software package size is smaller than 250 MB.  For comparison –  the average antivirus size is near 1 GB. The dashboard is intuitively understandable and very simple in navigation. When the program started, the user requested to begin the scanning of the computer.

Competitors Compatibility
During recent years a communication releases and articles produced by the Malwarebytes team have focused the attention on the fact – Malwarebytes is able to work in a non-conflict mode with its peers. In other words, Malwarebytes is compatible with Avira, McAfee, and other products. It includes some smart components enabling its work simultaneously with Microsoft Windows Defender Security Center and has settings to deliver the opportunity to make a scan together with the third-party tools.

Virus and Program Updates

Malwarebytes intakes suspicious software in order to analyze it and then to provide daily updates. And, of course, there is every hour automatic update is available. The Premium Edition version updates every hour. The user can tune updates frequency to the 15 min. — 14 days interval.

A signature-based detection as one of Malwarebytes features. The team of Malwarebytes constantly delete the unnecessary signatures, in order to hold the antivirus scan time short. In case a definite threat hasn’t appeared in user logs near the half a year or near, the signature is wiped out from the list.

Malwarebytes Functions

Malwarebytes posses 3 different scan types: Threat Scan, Custom Scan, Hyper Scan. The Threat Scan is a speedy and deep scanning process that searching for files, that with a high probability level is contaminated by the malware. The scan process can get about 10 min to finalize. If the user asks an on-demand scan, a full Threat Scan by default will be run. Usually, the Threat Scan time is near 4-5 minutes. In case, the system contaminated by any malware the scanning procedure will take about 7 minutes.  Informatively: usually, full scans from other antiviruses consume near 1 hour.

The core function of the Custom Scan is to identify an infected file or folder. The Custom Scan time about 25 min to process 700 K of files. The next Malwarebytes service is Hyper Scan, which is the fastest scanning option. Hyper Scan scans computer memory and startups. As usual Hyper Scan processing speed is under 10 seconds.  In most cases, Malwarebytes will scan the computer for cybersecurity hazards automatically. When and where the user selects in the settings the Scheduled Scans tab, he will be able to make a choice to shape a Malwarebytes scans frequency on a device. These points are including hourly, daily, monthly, and more detailed scans versions. The user also has the option to tune multiple scans and set if the scans a delivering automatically or if the scans to avoid non-desirable programs — PUPs.

👉🏻 Ransome Protection

Ransome Protection monitors the activities that occurred when a non-identified program is striving to encrypt the PC’s files. Malwarebytes Protection is also able to stop a zero-day ransomware attack and make encryption impossible. But despite the all relevant Ransomware Protection options tuned, the entries for the malware to come still exist. A kind of protection described above is unified protection against well-known viruses, but not an effective shield from a specific non-identified new malware.

👉🏻 Anti-phishing Protection

Malwarebytes Browser Guard

Malwarebytes team doesn’t advertise concrete phishing protection. During the last lab – test, Malwarebytes detected near 29% of the phishing URLs. For comparison: McAfee Total Protection and Comodo identified 100% of the rogueries during the recent lab tests. Bitdefender gathered 99%. But what is new in this edition, is that phishing shield receives a boost from Browser Guard.

If a phishing attempt detected, Malwarebytes would show up a notification about blocking the website due to phishing, and Browser Guard echoing that tab. At the same time, Browser Guard proceeded about a 25% phishing links.

👉🏻 Support

The company holds live chat support available from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 11 pm UTC. The other option for reaching a customer assistant is via an email support system. A community forum for posting a request and a user’s guide page with several videos and explanatory articles is available.

Malwarebytes Plans and Pricing

New users can obtain a 60-day money-back guarantee line. But refund policy mentioned above doesn’t relevant to the business and renewal subscriptions. Malwarebytes’s mobile products owned via Google Play or the Apple App Store are subject to a separate store’s reimbursement policies.

👉🏻 Free Plan

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Malwarebytes doesn’t deliver an antivirus free version.

The free download is available within the free 14-day trial of the Premium package which is a great way to see if the user likes the software. It’s basically a marketing ploy to deliver the opportunity to compare how good the paid version is vs. the free version.

Malwarebytes Free doesn’t come with any of the Real-Time Protection features, which is the core of the software. Once the 14 – day trial expires, the user is left with the Threat Scan feature which can only detect and clean one device already infected with malware.

👉🏻 Paid Plan

There are two different packages for Malwarebytes Premium — Premium for You and Premium for Home. The price tag and the amount of devices covered is the main difference between them. Premium for You package is available on 1 device and is a little bit cheaper.

The Premium for Home applies up to 3 devices. If a necessity, the user can plus up to 10 devices for an additional cost. The wide devices range user selects, the bigger the discount he gets. Having the Premium for Home plan, the user can mix and apply Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, iOS, and Android.

👉🏻 Enterprise Plans

Malwarebytes Premium proposes 3 different business plans – Malwarebytes for Teams, -Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection, – Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection and Response.

Malwarebytes for Teams – easy works with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, and Android. And have the cheapest price tag. The Malwarebytes for Teams able to cover from 1 to 20 devices. According to expert estimations, this package is suitable for small businesses. The significant otherness between this version and the personal plans is priority support and additional Android protection.

Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection – created for Windows and Macs. The package covers 10 – to an unlimited line of devices. This plan delivers to the user the service performed in Malwarebytes for Teams plus centralized cloud management, security policies, and a polite technical account manager. Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection and Response — on Windows only — additionally provides on endpoint detection and response (EDR) facilities.

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