Software Update: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Beta

Malwarebytes has released the third beta release of Anti-Malware Version 2.0. This program is aimed at fighting spy, ad and malware, especially the removal of 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.

In version 2.0 we find, among other things, a new user interface, Anti-Rootkit and the Chameleon driver are now included as standard and the module for blocking malicious websites has been considerably improved. Furthermore, the lifetime license will be converted into an annual subscription, so those who still want to use the first option should hurry up. Below is the list of improvements made in this third beta.

The following changes have been made.

  • Several notifications removed based on user feedback so that there are now fewer pop-ups
  • Amount of system RAM used by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium/Trial significantly reduced
  • Memory leak in scans fixed
  • Memory leak in database updates fixed
  • Scan speed improved drastically on some systems where scans were very slow in previous betas
  • Browsing speed now faster when Malicious Website Protection is enabled than in previous betas on some systems
  • Multiple items may now be selected in Quarantine for deleting or restoring at once
  • Several issues with limited user accounts fixed
  • Scans now run as expected under limited user accounts (it is still highly recommended that users scan regularly from an administrative user account in order to detect and remove all threats from the system)
  • Malware Exclusions and Web Exclusions are now retained when upgrading from one version of 2.0 to another
  • “Help” button in About tab now opens Malwarebytes Support webpage
  • MBAMService no longer crashes when upgrading from version 1.75 PRO or trial
  • Protection is no longer disabled after upgrading from previous 2.0 versions
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware no longer crashes under some circumstances after updates
  • Legal text removed from About tab
  • Antirootkit Database and Malware Database versions now identified separately in scan logs
  • Scan logs now contain more information about protection and license status
  • Scan logs now list status of Chameleon self-protection
  • Scan logs now show accurate information about license type and user account type
  • Scan logs list additional information about detections
  • Protection logs now show more information about items detected by Malware Protection
  • Database Out of Date notifications now contain an “Update Now” button
  • New EULA included with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Tray icon changes to reflect status of the software and protection
  • MBAMScheduler no longer runs on startup when Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is configured not to start with Windows
  • Updating through a proxy when configured via the Update Settings tab now functions correctly
  • Chameleon updated to deal with the latest rogue/fake AV malware
  • Quarantined items now display immediately after being quarantined
  • Users are now prompted to decide what to do when Malware Protection detects PUP items when PUP is set to “Warn user about detections”
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware no longer becomes unresponsive when computer wakes from sleep
  • Crash in MBAMService fixed
  • Updates can no longer cause the program to report that the database is missing or corrupt
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 now accepts Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.x license keys
  • Using “Copy to Clipboard” or “Export Log” at the end of a scan no longer results in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware crashing or showing blank logs
  • System crash/BSOD caused by antirootkit driver under some circumstances fixed
  • Issue where some parts of the UI were not being translated as reported by translators now fixed (non-English languages ​​will be available soon!)
  • Limited users are no longer warned that they might be infected because antirootkit driver cannot load under limited user accounts

We have now disabled the previous beta test key, however you may now use your existing 1.x license keys with this version or you may use the trial.

Version number beta
Release status beta
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8
Website Malwarebytes
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License type Freeware/Paid