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Malwarebytes (previously Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and abbreviated as MBAM) is an antivirus program that finds and removes malware. It is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS. It is made by American company Malwarebytes Corporation and was first released in January 2006. It is available for free, which scans for and removes malware when started manually; it is also available as a paid premium version, which additionally schedules automatic scans, real-time protection, and a flash-memory scanner.
Updates are handled through the online databases MalwareNET™ and RogueNET™. Users can upload infected files of malware to their database, UploadNET™.
On March 24, 2014, a revamped version of Malwarebytes was released, dubbed Malwarebytes 2.0. Individuals with a lifetime license could upgrade to this new version for free. This revision of Malwarebytes included numerous security improvements, as well as an updated GUI. They integrated the separate product "Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit" into the scanner.
For Premium users, a "Malwarebytes Chameleon" feature is integrated into the antivirus that allows the antivirus to be undetectable by malware, which is available through advanced settings. The Malwarebytes team also made numerous improvements to "Website Protection" and compatibility with older Microsoft Windows systems.
On December 8, 2016, Malwarebytes was updated to Malwarebytes 3.0. It contained many new improvements, such as a new GUI and faster scanning. All three Malwarebytes programs (Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit, and Anti-Ransomware) were merged into a single program. However, this meant that Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware were no longer free products, as they were bundled into the Premium version of Malwarebytes. They are still available as beta versions separately.
- Malwarebytes (protects against malware, exploits, malicious websites, and ransomware)
- Malwarebytes AdwCleaner (removes adware)
- Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit Beta (removes rootkits)
- Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool (removes junkware)
- FileASSASSIN (deletes malicious files)
- RegASSASSIN (deletes malicious registry entries)
- Malwarebytes Chameleon (stops malicious processes on infected devices and then runs Malwarebytes)
- Malwarebytes StartupLite (speeds up boot time)