Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free is a highly effective malware detection and removal tool, which works surprisingly well in cleaning an infected computer. What about the paid version? Should you upgrade to the pro version which costs you $24.95?
Free Version vs Pro Version
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free works as an on-demand scanner, whereas Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro offers the following extra features:
1. Real-Time Protection Module
The full version uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor every process in the background and blocks malicious processes before they can infect your computer.
So basically the main difference between the free and pro version is the free version removes threats after your PC is infected, whereas the pro version blocks threats before they can install and do damage on your system.
2. IP Protection Module
When you are connecting to a website, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO intercepts the packet communications, and blocks the communication if the website is known for malicious activity. Malwarebytes also blocks incoming traffics it determines to be malicious.
So, instead of performing a web scan when a website is opening and loading, Malwarebytes completely blocks a site from opening.
3. Flash Scan
Flash scan is even faster than quick scan. It scans the most critical areas of your computer such as startup locations, processes and files running in the memory, etc. It usually takes 2-3 minutes to complete.
4. Automatic Priority Updates and Scheduled Scanning
By default, the scheduler has set the frequency of update as daily. You can easily change the frequency as shown above. Besides, you can schedule any types of scans, so that you won’t forget to scan your computer on time.
5. Premium Support
Is your computer infected? Have compatibility issue with your primary antivirus software? You can get prioritized support if you include the order number when submmitting your support ticket.
Other Reasons To Upgrade To Malwarebytes Pro
With 25 bucks, you get to enjoy full malware protection in your lifetime. It is even cheaper than most antivirus software subscription for a year. Do note that the lifetime license is available for home users only.
Perfect Supplement For Your Primary Antivirus Software
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro does not meant to replace your antivirus software. It is designed to complement your primary security solution, by detecting and removing malware that antivirus software can’t detect, such as file infectors.
Malwarebytes Pro is compatible with major antivirus software such as Norton, Avast, AVG, Microsoft Security Essentials, and more. However, you normally need to set exclusions for Malwarebytes Pro in your antivirus software to prevent any conflicts and improve performance.
Show Your Support!
If you find Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free to be awesome because it saved your infected PC for several times, show your support by upgrading to the full version. You can also treat it as a donation with freebies included.
In my opinion, it is worth buying Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro as it only costs you $24.95 for a lifetime license. It works perfectly as a secondary protection alongside with your main security program. If you can afford to spend 25 bucks for a good meal, why not?