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      • #2283262 Reply
        Tex265
        AskWoody Plus

        Using Windows Defender. I would like to try the Free version of Malwarebytes.

        Would appreciate any feedback from those that are using:

        Is there a portable version?

        Appears the Free version scans and will remove, but no real time running protection – correct?

        Any known problems with the product?

        Does it uninstall cleanly if want to remove?

        Windows 10 Pro x64 v1909 and Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64 (RIP)
      • #2283269 Reply
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        Tex265: There is Malwarebytes for Android and iOS, but it does not look like there is a free version for these mobile operating systems (there is a free version for macOS, on Mac PCs, that I am using.) For mobile, it looks like there is only a 30-day free trial period, so people can try it out and cancel the deal if they are not satisfied. Several of the safety features described in the Web page below are only available in the paid version for Macs — I already have a good antivirus installed in mine, with comparable features.

        Information on Malwarebytes for mobiles, here:

        https://www.malwarebytes.com/mobile/

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

      • #2283270 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        dude above say wrong. been using malwarebytes 5 yrs on desktop & laptop since win 7

        Solid product but free version not protect, just scan when u suspect mostly. bitdefender top rated active protection. i use both

        • #2283275 Reply
          OscarCP
          AskWoody Plus

          anonymous: Excuse me, but what is that “dude above say wrong?” Please, clarify. I see no contradiction between your comment and “dude above’s”.

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

          • #2283300 Reply
            bbearren
            AskWoody MVP

            but what is that “dude above say wrong?”

            Note that this forum is not about software for mobile phones, it’s about browser and desktop software.

            The OP is asking if there is a portable (i.e. does not have to be installed) version of Malwarebytes, not a mobile phone version.

            Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
            "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns
            "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

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      • #2283277 Reply
        CADesertRat
        AskWoody Plus

        Using Windows Defender. I would like to try the Free version of Malwarebytes. Would appreciate any feedback from those that are using:

        I’ve been using the free version along with Defender for years. Works fine.

        Is there a portable version?

        Not that I know of.

        Appears the Free version scans and will remove, but no real time running protection – correct?

        correct.

        I haven’t had any problems with it over the years. Don’t know about uninstalling it as I haven’t tried but if I wanted to uninstall, I would just use REVO free portable.

        Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
        4 Win 10 Pro at 1909 (3 Desktops, 1 Laptop).

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      • #2283292 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        I’ve used malwarebytes for years, on the advice  of my daughter, who works as an IT for the county. Works well and have never had any issues.

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      • #2283317 Reply
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        Sorry, I was not sure what the OP meant by “portable” and I was not aware of the forum this thread is in.

        Answer to the actual OP question: YES, But… maybe this is not for just everyone:

        https://www.malwarebytes.com/techbench/

        Excerpt:

        The entire Malwarebytes Toolset is portable, and every tool works offline. This means there’s no need to download or install anything on a customer’s computer, just plug in your USB stick and start scanning. Bring 18 tools with you on a single flash drive and start malware scans up to 5 times faster.

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

        • #2283571 Reply
          anonymous
          Guest

          Yeah, sorry, Oscar, but that program’s only available to computer repair shops, not us regular folks. 🙁

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          • #2283851 Reply
            OscarCP
            AskWoody Plus

            Anonymous, Tex265 did not mention what he does for a living, so he or she is not necessarily a home user. In any case, I think the information in the article linked in my previous comment is interesting, particularly to those you have pointed out: people who takes care of others’ computers. Of whom there are more than a few that are frequent visitors of “AskWoody”, including anonymous ones, I would imagine.

            Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

      • #2283428 Reply
        CraigS26
        AskWoody Plus

        I’ve used the Paid Ver for years With ESET EIS & even SuperAS Pro (now deleted), and never had any bad issues with Mbam Or multi-apps real-time. A Few common issues resolved with Forum Help & little fanfare. And I’d Always Want REAL-TIME Protection as Help Only when you Think to Scan is No Help to me. Spend the $$ which currently shows – $39.96/Yr One Device – or – X2 That for (5) Devices..

        I think they have as good a Sppt Forum and “desire to Help” as I’ve seen, although most every question’s 1st Reply is “canned” instructions to provide data they’ve pkg’d to get via a Special Link. Comply only as situation and question type dictate, otherwise, somebody responds directly.

        W10-64 1909 Pro / Hm-Stdnt Ofce '16 C2R / HP Envy i5-8400/ 12 GB / 256G SSD + 1 TB HDD / InSpectre #8 = GREEN

      • #2283494 Reply
        RetiredGeek
        AskWoody MVP

        For years I’ve used Malwarebytes Premium (snagged several lifetime licenses early on) in conjunction with both Defender and it’s predecessor w/o insure and I’ve never had an infection.  For the last 6 months I’ve been using MB as my main vs secondary AV on my test machine w/o issue also.

        HTH 😎

        May the Forces of good computing be with you!

        RG

        PowerShell & VBA Rule!
        Computer Specs

        • This reply was modified 1 week, 5 days ago by RetiredGeek.
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      • #2283524 Reply
        Fred
        AskWoody Plus

        For years I’ve used Malwarebytes Premium (snagged several lifetime licenses early on) in conjunction with both Defender and it’s predecessor w/o insure and I’ve never had an infection.  For the last 6 months I’ve been using MB as my main vs secondary AV on my test machine w/o issue also.

        HTH 😎

        • This reply was modified 1 week, 5 days ago by RetiredGeek.

        Right you are. When you let the registered version of MalwarebytesAntimalware
        register in the protection center of Windows10, than it takes over the Windows Virus and Malware apps. Works great, for shure with the browser-addon (seperately to in install from the addon-store of Firefox or Chrome)

        xx

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        • This reply was modified 1 week, 5 days ago by Fred.
      • #2283588 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        @Tex265

        I completely agree with @CADesertRat ‘s statements above in post 2283277. EXCEPT, if I were to try uninstalling it, I’d just use it’s own built-in uninstaller that is listed in the Control Panel.

        I’ve had identical experience to him as well, no issues at all over many years of using the free version in terms of conflicts with other anti-crapware programs. It runs its scans extremely quickly, scanning over 330,000 items in about 3½ minutes’ time on my computer with an 8 year old SSD! And that’s running its’ default whole system scan, labeled the “Threat Scan”. On my computer with a spinning rust HD, the same scan takes about 7½ minutes’ time.

        Not a lot of obnoxious nags about “Upgrade NOW to get full protection NOW NOW”, etc. The free version does have nags for upgrading, but I find them easy to ignore, as they’re only presented during the Threat Scan while it’s running. Just focus on the sheer number of items scanned and the short amount of time it’s taking using the stats it presents to you while the scan is running and you’re all set.

        It has a setting where you can tell it to automatically download and install any definition and/or program updates it finds if you’d like. Regardless of any update settings, it will automatically download and install any new definition updates it finds ANY time you ask it to do ANY type of scan, and it will do so immediately before beginning the actual scan.

        I hope this helps with your decision.

        R/

        Bob99

      • #2283700 Reply
        Tex265
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks to all that have responded! Very helpful info.

        When you let the registered version of MalwarebytesAntimalware register in the protection center of Windows10, than it takes over the Windows Virus and Malware apps.

        May I assume that the “Free” version will not perform this “take-over” of Windows Defender, as I only want it to run at my direction only when I want it to?

         

        Windows 10 Pro x64 v1909 and Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64 (RIP)
        • #2283724 Reply
          CADesertRat
          AskWoody Plus

          May I assume that the “Free” version will not perform this “take-over” of Windows Defender,

          Yes, you may assume that. The free version runs when you ask it to or you can set a schedule.

          Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
          4 Win 10 Pro at 1909 (3 Desktops, 1 Laptop).

      • #2283882 Reply
        Fred
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks to all that have responded! Very helpful info.

        When you let the registered version of MalwarebytesAntimalware register in the protection center of Windows10, than it takes over the Windows Virus and Malware apps.

        May I assume that the “Free” version will not perform this “take-over” of Windows Defender, as I only want it to run at my direction only when I want it to?

         

        Yes, Tex265, CADesertrat is right. Only the payd version can take over the Defender if you want it to. It can be used for larger environments very well. The free version is normaly used as a second opinion, good to support other AV+Malwarescanners. Using the paid Malwarebytes together with Defender is very well possible, only Defender is rather more agressive in (cloud)scanning of the files on line.

         

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        • #2283887 Reply
          OscarCP
          AskWoody Plus

          Fred, I also use Malwarebytes free version “for a second opinion”, every time after I have made a scan of the Mac SSD with my own AV (Webroot SecureAnywhere). Do you know if the paid version of MB also takes over one’s AV when using a Mac?

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

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      • #2283921 Reply
        Fred
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        Fred, I also use Malwarebytes free version “for a second opinion”, every time after I have made a scan of the Mac SSD with my own AV (Webroot SecureAnywhere). Do you know if the paid version of MB also takes over one’s AV when using a Mac?

        @OscarCP sorry, I do not have the means and knowledge to answer this for sure. I know MBAM from the beginning , in the mean time they have quite a reputation to protect; please write to the helpdesk or ask in the forum. To me they made  good ajustments in the program when I had an important issue with MBAM vs Symantec-PGP-desktop.

        NO, I am not on their payroll or am I connected to them, if people want to know

        As far as I can tell when you wish to use a good independant [virus-malware-guard +behaviour +firewall] “complete protection”, try Kaspersky.

        (Beware, this not any protection against human failure and 0day/backdoor crime) 🌞

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      • #2285373 Reply
        Fred
        AskWoody Plus

        @OscarCP

        you see @OscarCP even this simple answer to you above has been altered.
        Not much is genuine these days.
        I will appreciate it if you share your Malwarebytes experiences , thank you in advance

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        • #2285452 Reply
          OscarCP
          AskWoody Plus

          Fred: “…even this simple answer to you above has been altered.
          Not much is genuine these days.

          Do you mean somebody else changed your answer after you submitted here?

          As to my experience with Malwarebytes, free version: there is nothing for me to comment or ask further than I already have, because, after several months using MB, it has yet to find anything at all that is bad in my computer. I’m not sure if this is good news or bad news… But that’s how it is.

           

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

      • #2285467 Reply
        Bill C.
        AskWoody Plus

        My only caution for Malwarebytes is with the Premium version is to be cautious about being an earlier updater when there is a Full point upgrade. In the move from 3.xx to 4.xx some problems were reported.

        I had NONE, however, I usually go to their website and look for the offline full installer rather than use the installer stub that downloads the full program.

        I used to use the portable free version and it found lots of things on a friends PC, courtesy of her son downloading videos and music from dodgey sources that offered “Download Managers”. It always worked very well cleaning the crap and background stuff that slowed her machine to a crawl. That was why I upgraded to a Premium 3-seat license back in Version 2.xx. It still renews at that price.

        I also use the MWB Browserguard extension for Firefox on both Windows and our Linux machines. Like they commercial says, don’t leave home without it.

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      • #2285478 Reply
        Fred
        AskWoody Plus

        My only caution for Malwarebytes is with the Premium version is to be cautious about being an earlier updater when there is a Full point upgrade. In the move from 3.xx to 4.xx some problems were reported.

        I had NONE, however, I usually go to their website and look for the offline full installer rather than use the installer stub that downloads the full program.

        I used to use the portable free version and it found lots of things on a friends PC, courtesy of her son downloading videos and music from dodgey sources that offered “Download Managers”. It always worked very well cleaning the crap and background stuff that slowed her machine to a crawl. That was why I upgraded to a Premium 3-seat license back in Version 2.xx. It still renews at that price.

        I also use the MWB Browserguard extension for Firefox on both Windows and our Linux machines. Like they commercial says, don’t leave home without it.

        @ Bill_C quite my story, including the Browserguard. Using MalwatereBytesAntiMalware (registered) and from time to time regularly check with AdwCleaner to hoover things one didn’t ask for. Specially after a microsoft updates that can alter things their way. AdwCleaner is now part of MBytes and I hope it will remain as accurate as it was.

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      • #2285486 Reply
        Fred
        AskWoody Plus

        Do you mean somebody else changed

        .Yes OscarCP, that is exactly what I wrote to you; and it is not the text that I wrote here. So this text was altered 😡. If you want I can proof it.  The world is falling apart and trust is fading away, and caring for another seems to have become old fashioned .

        In your case it seems ok to use the limited free version, I recon. Though, once I had a new CEO and he stated that with his personal private protection habits he never noticed anything wrong at his private pc’s… I just asked him if this were correct criteria to to think it’s okay, and proofed him that a commercial network is different to approach.

        Thank you for sharing your Mac-experiences. Regards

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