Malwarebytes is a fantastic program. We at Futechsol IT use this program on every computer that comes into our workshop or even when we go out to see a customer. Malwarebytes is fantastic at cleaning out malicious software that customers get duped into installing on their PC’s. the internet is full of these programs. We have even saved customers computers from malicious software that locks the client out of their own PC’s. This is a bit more complicated and does take some time.
The free version cleans off Malware, spyware and cleans out any rootkits that may have infected your PC. The nice thing is that Malwarebytes has included the advanced Malware removal tool in the free version. This is a great help for customers that have problems with their PC’s and need it fixed, fast. The major drawback to the free version is that the customer has to both update and run the software manually. This often happens once the computer is already infected and disrupting the customers work day.
The premium version of Malwarebytes is awesome. It runs in the background like your antivirus software and will often stop malware or spyware from even being installed onto your PC. Clients that have major issues with their PC’s often have to be cleaned with the premium version. I have heard of some technicians that will recommend a re-install when faced with a severe case of malware or spyware. I agree that if the PC has been running with malware running on the PC for an extended period of time, and Premium Malwarebytes has been run to clean off the infections, the PC may not perform well as the malware and spyware has corrupted the software on the hard drive. Most often the client will recognize that the PC is infected and ask us for help. In these cases we remove the clients hard drive and install it into one of our clean PC’s. We will then run Malwarebytes Premium along with other antivirus and cleaning software. In this way the clients hard drive is not running as a master hard drive but as a secondary drive. The drive only works when it is being scanned ensuring that the complete drive gets scanned.
With Malwarebytes Premium you not only get the the malware/advanced malware/spyware/ root kit removal functions, but the two main functions that I like about the Premium version is the Malicious website blocking and the malwarebytes chameleon driver.
The malicious website blocking works really well, sometimes to well but I prefer to choose what sites I allow through than get malware or spyware on my PC.
The Chameleon driver is super cool. This function stops malware and spyware from disabling Malwarebytes from working and also will not allow any malware or spyware from editing its processes.
All these functions and it updates itself or warns you of an update when one is available. An all round great piece of software.