Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware is a lightweight utility that removes Malware and Spyware from your system. The free version provides a malware scan and removal service including a quarantine system.
Installation and Setup
Program installation couldn’t be easier. A few clicks and the program is fully installed. An update is downloaded when the program first runs, ensuring you have the newest definitions available. Further updates are available on a regular basis. Fully installed, Anti-Malware takes up around 4MB – that’s very low compared to many Malware scanners that can run as high as 100MB with a base install.
Ease of Use
Anti-Malware works like many other programs of its type. Spyware can be scanned using either quick or full scans. The latter option takes much longer but is likely to find more hidden programs and malware registry entries than the faster mode. The fast scan really is one of the fastest we’ve ever tested, completing a 500GB scan of a system drive in slightly over five minutes.
Anti-Malware isn’t the most attractive or glossy program in its class but it is one of the easiest and quickest to use. In tests it picked up the same positive results as the big names sometimes in under half the time. It would however be nice to see a few more features and options such as defining what makes the difference between ’full’ and ‘quick’ scans and showing an estimated time of completion when scanning.
That said, for those people looking for an anti spyware program that will be installed and fully scan your system in under ten minutes using a minimal amount of system resources, Malwarebyte’s program is one of the best out there.
Differences between Free and Professional
Much like many other malware cleaners, the free versions offers scanning and removal of malware without limits. The paid version provides full time protection and scheduled scans.