Software Update: Malwarebytes

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Malwarebytes has released version 4.5 of its eponymous antivirus program. This program is aimed at fighting malware, such as malicious software that pretends to be a bona fide antivirus or antispyware solution, but in reality has less good intentions, such as ransom– or scareware† In addition to the free version, there is a paid variant, which offers additional functionality, including real-time protection. The changelog for this release looks like this:

Features and improvements

  • Improved the installation experience with additional guidance on each install step.
  • Malwarebytes for Windows Security Advisor
    • Added Windows Update monitoring.
    • Improved Firewall monitoring.
    • Added the ability to dismiss Scheduled Scan monitoring.
    • Added additional info tips.
    • Added the ability to expand or collapse categories.
  • Added a progress bar when installing updates.
  • Enhanced web protection to address inadvertently blocking local network addresses.

Issues fixed

  • MBAM-5627: Security Advisor was incorrectly reporting the firewall was turned off.
  • MBAM-5726: Clicking buy now caused a pending reboot to occur in Malwarebytes.
  • MBAM-5621: Microsoft Office w-script was not blocked by Anti-Exploit protection.
  • MBAM-5614: Outbound UDP network connections blocked.
  • MBAM-5613: Navigating to a blocked website twice caused a connection error.
  • MBAM-5533: Incorrect info icon when using Dark Mode theme.

Version number
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11
Website Malwarebytes
License type Freeware/Paid
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