Getting tired of long scan times with your current antivirus installation? Does the latest spyware, trojans, and rootkits bypass its live shields? Or do you need to pay more to stay protected online? Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium takes care of all these issues in an instance. With its blazing fast Hyper Scan threat detection mode, advanced heuristics engine, and malicious website blocker, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium ensures that your PC stays protected whether you are online or offline.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium takes the best feature in its free version — its excellent threat detection rate — and combines it with numerous other features that puts it on par with the best antivirus applications in business. In addition to the Threat Scan and Custom Scan modes, the Premium version features an extremely useful scanning mode called Hyper Scan. Using minimal system resources, Hyper Scan mode gives you instant results by scanning the system memory and startup files for malicious code, which it then double-checks via its advanced heuristics engine. Hyper Scan mode even auto-updates its malware database to ensure that you get the best results possible.
The heuristics engine — dubbed by Malwarebytes as the Shuriken engine — isn’t just relegated to the Hyper Scan mode, but instead doubles-up as an active shield that provides real-time protection to your PC at all times. If you can’t update Malwarebytes’ due to some reason, you don’t have to worry since the heuristics engine usually detects any unusual activity. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium also uses a couple of additional proprietary technologies — signature and behavioral analysis — to ensure that no threats pass through the live shields implemented by the application. Since the antivirus utility has to protect itself in the first place, it makes use of Malwarebytes’ own Chameleon technology, which makes it completely hidden from malicious code and other forms of malware.
Scanning for Malware
With access to three different scanning modes, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium lets you scan for malware however you want. Using the default Threat Scan mode, you can make a quick scan of the most vulnerable areas on your system — memory, startup, registry, and file system objects. Custom Scan, on the other hand, lets you manually scan any file, folder, or partition of your own choosing. Finally, Hyper Scan, as mentioned above, makes short work of detecting threats on memory and startup-based objects. Detected threats can be repaired, removed, or quarantined, completely at your own discretion. If you are bombarded with false positives, you can choose to exclude trustworthy files and folders from being scanned in the future.
Protection Against Online Threats
While Malwarebytes’ free version provided next to no protection against online-based attacks, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium actively blocks fake websites from phishing or spoofing your information. With a constantly updated blacklist of known malicious websites, Malwarebytes ensures that nothing dangerous ever reaches your PC. The application also notifies you of any security breaches on legitimate sites, which lets you confidently enter sensitive information into online forms. The application also features a Web Exclusions panel that you can use to add incorrectly flagged websites from being blocked in the future — alternately, you can also manually blacklist websites and prevent them from loading, which doubles up Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium as a convenient parental control utility.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium gives you the option to schedule regular scanning sessions — single or recurring — to ensure that no infected files or malicious applications has slipped through its real-time shields. You can choose to set up automatic scans — Threat Scan, Custom Scan, or Hyper Scan — either at computer startup, before shut-down, or hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly. The application even lets you completely automate what happens to detected threats — notify you instantly for action, or quarantine them automatically if you aren’t present at your PC.
The application lets you further protect your PC with the use of access policies. By creating policies and securing them with passwords, you can effectively delegate certain functions of the application to other users on your PC or network. For example, you can choose to create policies where you want users access to automated scheduling, but instead deny them access to the advanced settings panel. Whenever a user tries to access a function within the application, they are prompted to enter a password to proceed.
Should I Get It?
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium isn’t just another free antivirus application looking for a quick cash grab. With advanced real-time shields, multiple scanning modes, automated scheduling, and secure access policies, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium closes all security loopholes that certain forms of malware use to slip through. While the free version might be sufficient to catch threats after they have infected your PC, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium actively ensures that nothing malicious ever takes hold in the first place.