Malwarebytes – A free spyware and malware cleaner

Malware

There may be a time when you were using your computer, and you’ve noticed that it was a bit slow in responding, booting up or just lagging. Well it could be that a “Malware” is inside your system.

You could’ve picked it up while you were playing your favorite flash game, or while you were reading an article somewhere and you accidentally clicked an advertisement, saying that “Virus Alert” or “Your PC is Slowing Down?”.

What is a Malware? really?

Malware, short for malicious software, is software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. It can appear in the form of code, scripts, active content, and other software. ‘Malware’ is a general term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software. Malware includes computer viruses, ransomware, worms, trojan horses, rootkits, keyloggers, dialers, spyware, adware, malicious BHOs, rogue security software, and other malicious programs; the majority of active malware threats are usually worms or trojans rather than viruses. 

source: wikipedia.com

Now that you know what is a malware, I bet you are going to ask “how do I remove it on my computer?”.

One word: MALWAREBYTES

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Malwarebytes’ Main Window

Basically, the software scans for malware that is present or running in your system. You have three options on scanning for malware.

  1. Perform quick scan – basically a scan that could be compared to a light scratch on a skin.
  2. Perform full scan – A thorough scan.
  3. Perform flash scan – it only scans, mostly autorun objects. (only available on licensed versions.)

I always run a “Quick Scan” first, mainly because most common malware can be detected on a quick scan. I only choose a full scan when a “quick scan” hasn’t detected anything and I want to make sure that the system is really malware free. Now scanning could take some time especially when you choose a “full scan”, the bigger the capacity of the hard disk the longer the scanning process.

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After selecting a scan option, you will choose what drives you want to be included in the scanning

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Malwarebytes scanning the system

After scanning the system, it will show results with a check box on its left. And you have options like IGNORE, or REMOVE SELECTED. Please be noted that the only time you can only choose the IGNORE option is if the selected item is not really a malware, or if you know that it is really not a malware. If not, then you should go and choose REMOVE SELECTED.

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Selecting what items to remove

If you choose REMOVE SELECTED, it will get rid of the detected malware on your system, and would only ask to reboot your computer. Malwarebytes will only do this if the malware that malwarebytes is removing is already running on your system, and it will remove the malware while your computer is booting up.

One Thing

After scanning, Malwarebytes will show you the results of its scanning. You will be luck if you only had 10 or 20 results. But I had experienced that it detected a bit over 300 and I had to check all the boxes MANUALLY just to be able to select the items I want to remove. I don’t know if it is because of the version I am using or they forgot to make a “SELECT ALL” button. One tip in using this software, patience.

Updating Malwarebytes’ database is easy, once you’ve run the software and you’re computer is connected to the internet, A window will appear and notify you if malwarebytes’ database on you computer is outdated.

THE VERDICT?

Well I have been using Malwarebytes for a while now, and I can safely say that it detected and removed most malware out there. It is easy to use, and it doesn’t hog a lot of computer’s resources. And most of all, it’s free! I have installed this on every home computer I have handled and they haven’t got a malware problem after

If you do not want to spend a few bucks on protection, well the free version of Malwarebytes will already do the job. But if you’re willing to pay for a little added features, then you can get the pro version.

Malwarebytes Pro version (which is a licensed version) has features like:

  • Detects and protects against malware in real-time
  • Blocks hacking and phishing attempts
  • Schedules automatic scanning
  • Offers three flexible scanning modes

But if you like the free version you can get it at malwarebytes’ website: http://www.malwarebytes.org/

PROS:

  • Can remove most malwares
  • Easy to use
  • Light
  • Easy to update

CONS:

  • No “Select All” button when choosing what items(malware) to remove.
  • It would’ve been nice if the free version had a “Real Time Scan” feature.
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