If your computer has ever been crippled by malicious software, there's a good chance you came to know Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The free version has been downloaded from CNETDownload.com over 100 million times (and at least a dozen times by this writer.)
The software is so good at removing entrenched viruses, spyware, Trojans, keystroke loggers, password stealers and other threats that support technicians for other security products have been known to use or recommend Malwarebytes when confronted with severely-infected PCs. The software will usually succeed when attempts to use other removal tools prove futile.
"Malwarebytes is like a SWAT team," says executive VP and COO Marcus Chung. "We are very good at what we do, and our job is to go in, get the job done, and get out." More than one million new users every month will attest to that, along with the company's success, which has been fueled almost exclusively by word-of-mouth.
Goodwill is great, but the "freemium" business model relies on users' eventually opting for a full-featured, paid version of the freeware. To this end, the free edition of Malwarebytes includes a 14-day trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro. The latter offers real time protection, malicious website blocking, automatic updates, and scheduled scans.
Malwarebytes, however, does not want you to abandon your current security software for the Pro version. Instead, the software is designed to co-exist peacefully with offerings from Symantec, Kaspersky Labs, McAfee, Sophos, Avira, Panda, and others. "Working in tandem with existing AV software provides a layered approach," says Chung. "Our software positions itself to catch what other products miss."
The A-V software giants evidently regard co-existence with Malwarebytes as a good thing. Chung says cooperation from the major players is not uncommon. As a result, false positives, blue screens, or compatibility issues are extremely rare. The company also relies on a worldwide community of dedicated malware defenders to stay ahead of today's increasingly inventive attacks.
Founded in 2004, Malwarebytes is headquartered in San Jose, CA. Its flagship product began as a support tool, but in an era when signature-based AV products were the norm, the superiority of behavior-based, heuristic malware detection quickly led to the company's founder being flooded with requests for copies. The rest, as they say, is history.
A copy of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro for one PC sells for $24.95. The good news is it's a perpetual license. There are no renewal fees. You receive updates at no charge for as long as you own your computer.
For more information about both the freeware and Pro versions of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, visit Malwarebytes.com.
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