What Is Malwarebytes?
Malwarebytes 4.x is the latest version of the popular Malware fighting tool. Like v3.x, it incorporates Anti-Malware, Anti-Ransomware, Anti-Exploit and provides real-time protection from malicious websites and software. The product is designed to REPLACE your existing antivirus and offers more benefits than traditional antivirus can offer. For those who feel safer keeping their original antivirus and adding Malwarebytes as an additional layer of protection: no problem! It can run complimentary to your existing solution.
What Are The Threats?
Backdoors, Viruses, Rootkits, Worms, Trojan Horses, Spyware, Adware, Ransomware, Crypto Lockers and Scareware.
Free -vs- Paid Version
The biggest difference is on the free version, it is run on-demand, or as you feel there are issues. The paid version runs all the time, protecting your system BEFORE anything bad happens. There is a 14 day free trial available on the free version, where all features will work. If the 14 days passes, you must buy the license or it will revert back to non-realtime. All subscriptions are based on a per-year licensing model. There are discounts for purchasing multiple licenses for your home or business, etc.
Protection is currently available in three flavors:
- Individual (personal/premium): this version is self-managed and is designed for standard home users. Licenses can be used on computers, tablets and phones, including: Windows, MacOS, Android, Chromebook and iOS (iPhone/iPad). [Buy Now].
- Teams (small business): this version includes all of the features of the individual version, but adds priority support for your small business. [Buy Now].
- Business (enterprise edition): offers similar functionality to the above, but also adds a management console for deploying settings and behaviors to your computer fleet or organization. It also assists with centralized management and for locating infected computers, running reports, etc. [Buy Now].
Key Features In Paid Versions
- Real-Time Protection : Protect yourself from hackers, infected ads, credential stealers and malicious web sites.
- Intelligent Defense : Using proprietary ransomware attack technologies, Malwarebytes protects your computer files while shielding you from vulnerable and un-patched software.
- Brute Force Protection : Block hackers attempting to guess your credentials. Uninstall protection prevents unauthorized software from disabling/removing Malwarebytes.
- Lightweight : Compared to other Antivirus/Anti-Malware solutions, Malwarebytes is extremely lightweight and enables disabling of notifications and update while in game play mode or while watching movies.
- Works with Windows 7 and higher for Windows based computers.
- Works with MacOS 10.12 and higher for Macintosh based computers.
- Protects Android based devices running Android OS v9.x or higher.
- Protects iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) running iOS v14 or higher.
The Malwarebytes product suite protects you from advanced threats in real-time. Scanning for the newest threats automatically so you can simply enjoy your computer again, without the worry for malicious, unauthorized software installing on your computer! It wraps around your web browser and software programs, stopping attacks that use vulnerabilities in those programs to infect your computer BEFORE they happen! Ransomware is nasty and renders your data useless (even if you pay the fines sometimes)!
Malwarebytes stops both unknown and known ransomware, proactively shielding your files. Fake and infected websites are a growing threat. Malwarebytes prevents contact with these fake websites and malicious links. Proactively running in the background, the software prevents downloading of malware infected software, hack attempts and infected advertisements. There are lots of ‘bad’ internet neighborhoods you may wander into, but with Malwarebytes defending your computer, wander away! Fast scan and light-weight architecture actually help improve computer speed (versus traditional, more heavy antivirus solutions).
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