Ramblings of an old Doc
Published on December 10, 2016 By DrJBHL In Personal Computing

 

Malwarebytes has changed: Used to be, there were three programs: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, and Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware. The first two were available as free (with limited features) and the third as a beta.

Now, with the advent of Malwarebytes Premium 3.0, all three programs are housed under that single roof with a unified display.

"Good news: Malwarebytes 3.0 comes as a free and premium version. The free version offers a manual scanner only that detects and cleans the system when you run it, the premium version offers real-time protection against threats. This is identical to how Malwarebytes Anti-Malware handled things previously.

Not so good news: The Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware programs are no longer available as standalone downloads. The only way to retain access is to block the installation to Malwarebytes 3.0." - gHacks

From the Malware blog:

"But rest assured, we continue to support compatibility if you choose to use a third-party antivirus or other security software alongside Malwarebytes 3.0." - Malwarebyte's blog

 

It's worthwhile reading not only gHack's article but the blog as well, since it has subscription info which might be relevant to you with any subscription you might already have.

The best news? With Malwarebytes Premium 3.0 you don't need additional antiviral, etc. protection. The bad news is that ease of management of all three of the stand alone (free) stuff won't be free, and I'm not sure what their updating will be into 2017...

 

Sources:

http://www.ghacks.net/2016/12/08/malwarebytes-3-0-new-all-in-one-protection/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e1947%2ehj0ao01hy5%2e210g

 

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/malwarebytes-news/2016/12/announcing-malwarebytes-3-0-a-next-generation-antivirus-replacement/





Comments
on Dec 10, 2016

There is also MalwareBytes Anti Rootkit. I have used it for years. MWB Chameleon is cool too, for use when a virus won't allow you to install/run regular MalwareBytes. It's a portable MWB disguised as Firefox, etc.

 

Good post, Doc.

on Dec 10, 2016

I'm one of those using all 3.  MWB Premium 2, MBAE & MBAR.  In addition to Bitdefender Free & their antiransomware beta.  Not yet sure how I'm going to proceed.

on Dec 10, 2016

Daiwa-

As for MWB 3.0 with or w/o BD and its antiransomware... 

Factually we can't know how they stack up against one another just yet as far as I know, but all these supposedly 'objective tests' seem to come up with different results depending, I suppose, on whether they use the same threats...so I don't know how to eat these.

In the Malwarebytes Forums, I did find this thread...

https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topic/15746-free-malwarebytes-anti-malware-vs-other-free-antispyware-scanners/

 

on Dec 10, 2016

Good post. Read the link you posted. Been using BD for many years and never had a problem. Still have almost 5 months left on BitDefender so I have time to learn if this can replace it or not. It is less money for sure.

on Dec 10, 2016

That forum thread is 7 years old, Doc.

And/but Thanks for the post, BTW.

on Dec 10, 2016

I've been 'rationalizing' when it comes to AV/Malware, etc.  I'd recently renewed my Kaspersky Total Security for 2 more years on three thingies...so I'm pretty much covered.  The 'lesser' machines just have ye olde Comodo ... and aren't even fired up all that often.

on Dec 11, 2016

Malwarebytes has changed: Used to be, there were three programs: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, and Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware. The first two were available as free (with limited features) and the third as a beta.

"Good news: Malwarebytes 3.0 comes as a free and premium version. The free version offers a manual scanner only that detects and cleans the system when you run it, the premium version offers real-time protection against threats. This is identical to how Malwarebytes Anti-Malware handled things previously.
Note that the antimalware scan is dramatically faster in MBAM 3.0; Hyper Scans take less than a minute on my desktop and a Threat Scan only 12 minutes.
on Dec 11, 2016

^ I neglected to talk about that as the post was more about what has changed in the organization of the software under one roof...but your point is well taken, Victechnical. 

on Dec 11, 2016

incidentally... it interferes with emet (well.. anti-exploit part). it crashed my firefox earlier upon installation - the trial version (aka all the components) is activated immediately as opposed to asking if you want to activate the trial during thte installation process.

you can deactivate the trial prematurely (no idea if it can be taken up again in future)

on Dec 11, 2016

Not a huge problem. Why have EMET at all? If you have the anti-exploit in MBAM and btw, MS is no longer going to support EMET (https://redmondmag.com/articles/2016/11/03/microsoft-ending-emet-security-tool.aspx

Also it doesn't appear to be as effective as one would hope, as well: http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/06/drive-by-exploits-pushing-ransomware-now-able-to-bypass-microsoft-emet/

 

on Dec 12, 2016

emet is free. mbae was free. integrated mb 3 isn't. ghacks says you can re-install the old mbae after you install mb 3... if you can find the old installer. also mentioned some perpetual beta version of mbae in future.

alas. no reason for me to use mbae so far, and whilst i know emet will be discontinued next year, i'll cross that bridge when it comes to that.

i only ever use mbam to manually scan once in a while.

if emet and mbae does similar things, logically if emet can be bypassed, so can mbae.

 

--

turns out the free version of mbae was limited to certain browsers and programs.. probably why i didn't bother looking at it. will see next year.

on Dec 13, 2016

Tried out the beta and had the same problem. For whatever reason it froze my machine. Did a reboot and uninstalled it. Then I reinstalled the present version. I'll wait till they work out the gremlins. 

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