We’ve always recommended Malwarebytes as a good malware scanner – one that specializes in ridding your computer of malware that even the best antivirus and antispyware programs can’t seem to remove. But now it has become clear that the most dangerous threats you face are not from viruses, adware, Trojans or spyware – although these are still dangerous and still out there waiting for you – the most dangerous and pervasive threats – the ones you are most likely to encounter – are the scareware programs (rogues). Not only will these programs hold your computer hostage until you purchase them, they will shut down antivirus and antispyware programs on your computer and once installed, they may monitor your activities or send sensitive information back to their developers. So not only do these programs hold your computer hostage, you pay a ransom to get your computer back – and they may steal more than money from you too.
Malwarebytes is not the same as an antivirus or an antispyware program. It’s unlike any other kind of program. It detects many of the current scareware/rogues and it can get rid of all of the pieces they leave behind.
Will Malwarebytes replace your antivirus or antispyware program – no. It’s not intended to do that. It’s intended to offer you another layer of protection. And while we continue to urge you to not rely on software to protect you – you need the right tools to assist you. Like a carpenter needs his tools to make use of his skills, you need the right tools to assist you in keeping nasty and malicious things off your computer.
We’ve always mentioned Malwarebytes in our recommended software section, but now we feel we must elevate it to required software status – right up there with a good antivirus program and a good antispyware program. Why? Because the threat you face from scareware/rogues has now become the most likely malicious software you’ll encounter. Both EB and I have encountered it, family members have encountered it, friends have encountered it – it’s everywhere. And if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re lucky
At least install Malwarebytes free version – on your computer today. And keep a copy on a flash drive too. While the freeware version does not offer real-time protection, it does afford you a means to clean the rogue/scareware off you computer should you be unable to restore your computer to a time before you were infected.
Malwarebytes Pro is available for $24.95 – and it does offer real-time protection. If you’re interested in the pro version of Malwarebytes, please use this link – and we’ll make a small commission on every sale.
Malwarebytes works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 both 32bit and 64bit.