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Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
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Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware version 1.35 running under Windows Vista.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware version 1.35 running under Windows Vista.
Developer(s) Malwarebytes Corporation
Stable release 1.44 / January 7, 2010; 2 month(s) ago (2010-01-07)
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Anti-malware
License Proprietary (freeware and commercial)

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (MBAM) is a computer application that finds and removes malware.[1] Made by Malwarebytes Corporation, it was released in January 2008. It is available in a free version, which scans for and removes malware when started manually, and a paid version, which provides scheduled scans and real-time protection.



MBAM is intended to find malware that other anti-virus and spyware programs generally miss, including but not limited to rogue security software, adware and spyware.[2][3]


MBAM is available in both a free and a paid edition.[1] The free edition must be run manually, while the paid version can automatically perform scheduled scans. The paid version also adds real-time protection and IP blocking to prevent access to malicious web sites. [4]


  • PC World's Preston Gralla wrote that "Using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is simplicity itself".[1]
  • CNET cited Malwarebytes as being useful against the MS Antivirus malware.[5] CNET awarded it April 2009 Editor's Choice along with 25 other computer applications[4][6]
  • Bleeping Computer has listed Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware as a method of removing fake security applications such as MS Antivirus[7][8]
  • Mark Gibbs of Network World gave the software 4 out of 5, saying that "It does the job and only the lack of a detailed explanation of what it has found stops it from getting 5 out of 5."[9]
  • IT Reviews called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware a "tool with a deserved, growing reputation," and added "it's worth shelling out for the professional version". (The site reviewed version 1.3.2).[10]

Intellectual property theft

On Nov 2 2009, Malwarebytes stated that the Chinese company IOBIT had stolen virus definitions from Malwarebytes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "editorial review of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware". PC World.,70033-order,4-page,101-c,utilities/description.html. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  2. ^ "Malwarebytes Corporation". MalwareBytes. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  3. ^ Neil J. Rubenking (2009-12-02). "Free Antivirus and Antispyware". PC Magazine.,2817,2356509,00.asp. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  4. ^ a b by cool_techie23 on December 3, 2009. "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware — Free software downloads and software reviews — CNET".;txt. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Take a 'byte' out of malware". The Download Blog. CNET. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  6. ^ "CNET Editors' Choice Awards 2009 Winners". 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  7. ^ "How to remove Antivirus 2009" (in EN). June 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  8. ^ "How to remove Spyware Protect 2009 (Uninstall Instructions)". Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  9. ^ Gibbs, Mark (Jan. 7, 2009). "Malwarebytes finds pesky Trojan" (in EN). Gearhead (Network World): p. 2. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  10. ^ "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.3.2 review". IT Reviews. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 

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