Note: This review covers v1.44 of the
You can’t depend on just one program to protect you from
rootkits, Trojans, viruses, worms, and other malicious code. The
job is too important and the villains too numerous for that. So
supplement your regular antivirus program (the one you keep running
in the background at all times) with an extra malware scanner, such
as Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Free.
The free version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware doesn’t offer
real-time protection (the $25 full version
does), making it useless as your first line of defense. But
scanning your hard drive with the free Anti-Malware every week or
so will add another layer of protection, finding whatever your main
program missed. It’s like going to another doctor for a second
opinion, except that you don’t have to make an appointment or a
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Free is extremely easy to use. You
load it, check for updates at its prompting, then start the scan.
To scan just one drive, file, or folder, right-click it and select
Not a complete solution by any stretch of the imagination, this
version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is a free yet valuable
addition to your security arsenal.