With its already excellent threat-detection capabilities, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware provides an even further level of protection once your upgrade to the Premium version. In addition to cleaning out all forms of malware, the antivirus application also features proprietary technology that prevents future infections, blocks malicious websites, and provides blazing fast scan-speeds. Whether its deploying real-time shields, staying safe while surfing the Internet, or scheduling automatic scanning sessions, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium lets you do it.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium’s super-intuitive user interface separates itself into four main tabs — Dashboard, Scan, Settings, and History. Primarily, the Dashboard tab summarizes relevant information about the application, such as the availability of updates, reminders to scheduled scan sessions, current malware database version, etc. On the other hand, the Scan tab details all available scanning options — Threat Scan, Custom Scan, and Hyper Scan. All core features within the application are listed under the Settings tab, where you get access to various configuration options that modify application behavior. Finally, the History tab lists all quarantined items and applications logs regarding earlier scanning sessions.
Scanning for Malware
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium gives you access to three different modes — compared to two in the free version. With the default Threat Scan mode, you can let Malwarebytes automatically search for every nook and cranny on your computer — system memory, startup items, registry entries, and file system objects — or instead use the Custom Scan feature where you can manually select the exact locations that you want scanned. If Malwarebytes reports false positives about trusted items, you can make use of its built-in exclusions list to prevent certain files and folders from being scanned in the future.
With its new Hyper Scan mode, Malwarebytes automatically scans the areas on your PC where viruses are most likely to be found — an entire scan usually takes just a few minutes and uses minimal system resources — where you can then perform a more complete Threat Scan or Custom Scan if malware items are detected. Unlike certain other alternative antivirus utilities, Malwarebytes doesn’t force your hand, but instead gives you complete control on what you want to do regarding detected threats — you can either quarantine malicious files, attempt to fix infected items, or choose to ignore false positives.
Preventing Future Infections
Using a number of various live shields, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium actively stays in the background while protecting your computer from all sorts of spyware, adware, trojans, and rootkits from infecting your computer. Malwarebytes notifies you of any files or applications that match known malware signatures as soon as they are detected, and isolates them to prevent infections from spreading to the rest of your PC. The application uses three types of proprietary technologies — namely signature, heuristics, and behavior — that has the potential to even detect threats that aren’t currently listed on any known malware database.
Since the Internet runs rampant with fake websites out to phish and spoof information, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium protects you online by actively blocking websites with shady track records. In addition, the application also has the ability notify you of any legitimate websites compromised by malware attacks. Further, it features both a dedicated whitelist and a blacklist that you can use to add websites that you trust, or block websites that you don’t trust. With its online protection capabilities, you no longer have to worry about losing valuable information while shopping or filling out sensitive information into forms online.
While you are always protected from malware attacks — thanks in large to the various live shields that are deployed — Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium takes no chances when it comes to letting certain malware items slip through. With its automatic scheduling features, you can configure the application to scan your PC automatically hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or at computer startup, and even set them to recur at specific times. You can also select the operating type — Threat Scan, Custom Scan, or Hyper Scan — that you want the application to perform during these sessions. In addition, several advanced options let you specify the exact type of malicious threats — PUPs or PUMs — that you want the application to scan for during these sessions.
Should I Buy It?
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium brings to the table the excellent threat-detection capabilities present in the free version, and combines it with additional features such as real-time shields, malicious website protection, and automatic scheduling. Putting it on par with some of the best malware scanners available, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium’s unique features such as its Hyper Scan mode and advanced heuristics’ engine make it a versatile and exciting solution to stay protected both online and offline.