Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has been a popular “second opinion” scanner since 2008. Its free version is good, but the commercial Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium goes further, offering real-time protection, scheduled scanning, and the ability to block malicious websites.
It’s an appealing feature list, especially as the program gives you all this without conflicting with existing security tools. But how does it work in real life? We downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium 2 to take a look.
The program is launched from a system tray icon, and initially displays its Dashboard. This summarizes all the key system details, including your real-time protection level, database version and last scan time.
You can launch scans directly from the Dashboard with a single click, but if you need more control then clicking the Scan button displays three options: “Hyper Scan” runs a quick check of running processes, “Threat Scan” (the new name for Quick Scan) also examines your Registry and the most vulnerable areas of the file system, while “Custom Scan” allows you to precisely define exactly what the program should check (which can be everything, if you want to recreate the old Full Scan).Malwarebytes5