Malwarebytes 4 is the next generation of the popular malware killer, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
The product is a combination of every Malwarebytes technology, including anti-malware, anti-exploit, anti-ransomware, web protection and more.
The interface is straightforward and familiar. A dashboard displays your current status, you can launch a scan with a click, and most of the time there's nothing else to do at all.
This doesn't mean you won't notice any changes. Despite all the extra technologies, for instance, Malwarebytes says system scans are now 3x to 4x faster.
Experienced users will also find an array of options, switches and settings to help tweak the program.
To take a single example, you don't just have an option to turn the anti-exploit on or off. You can also configure 6 separate six component technologies (DEP, anti-heapspraying, ASLR, more), eight memory protection methods, five application behaviour checks, five Java technologies, and individually define the types of apps where each of these will be used (browsers, Office, PDF readers, media players, more).
What's the difference between Premium and the basic Free Malwarebyte's? The Premium version offers real-time, rather than on-demand protection, meaning it will automatically detect new threats. You also get the extra protection from the anti-exploit and anti-ransomware modules, a malicious web browser plugin and, of course, post-sale support.
Note that your licence will activate either the Windows, Mac, Android and iOS versions of Malwarebytes Premium.
Includes a 3-Device, 1-Year Premium license.
Review by Nick Peers.