Malwarebytes 3.0 – Antivirus Replacement
What is an antivirus replacement, and how can Malwarebytes 3.0 replace my antivirus?
Antivirus replacements utilize signature-less and behavior-based detection technologies to catch the latest and most relevant threats, as opposed to anti-virus programs that rely on large databases of signatures that can quickly become outdated and are typically ineffective against many modern threats. In combination, all of our technologies can replace antivirus if a customer wishes to do so. Over 50% of our home user customers have already replaced their Symantec, McAfee, etc. with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium. We believe in layered defense and built Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium to provide the right mix of proactive and signature-less technologies to combat modern threats and zero-day malware. The combination of our Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit, Anti-Ransomware, Website Protection, and Remediation technologies provides better coverage against modern and zero-day threats than the traditional antivirus companies that charge more for less effective protection.
Traditional antivirus vendors have struggled to keep pace with rapidly-changing malware, especially ransomware and data breaches where 0-hour protection has become the only meaningfully-relevant protection. In today’s modern threat world, where professional malware writers make their living engineering new ways to bypass protection, it is more important than ever to utilize signature-less technology and layered security to provide the greatest possible chance of defense. It is just as important to provide comprehensive remediation capabilities to clean up active malware when all else fails.
Prior to Malwarebytes 3.0, our software was intended to be layered together with a traditional antivirus. Malwarebytes 1.x and 2.x contained only two primary layers of defense (Malware Protection and Website Protection) plus remediation, none of which is fully signature-less. But in Malwarebytes 3.0, with the addition of the three signature-less anti-exploit layers and the signature-less anti-ransomware layer, Malwarebytes defense against real-world threats has finally surpassed that of the traditional AVs.
We didn’t originally expect to draw this conclusion. But after we developed the anti-exploit, anti-ransomware, and other Application Behavioral Protection technology in Malwarebytes 3.0, our researchers tested our performance against the full landscape of real-world threats and found we offered our users more comprehensive protection at a better price with Malwarebytes 3.0 than by recommending you buy a separate traditional AV. So we did it.
For our users who do prefer to continue using a traditional antivirus alongside Malwarebytes, by all means please continue to do so. Malwarebytes will always maintain compatibility with all major security software on the market, both free and paid. In particular, Microsoft’s traditional antivirus Windows Defender is included by default and for free with Windows 8 and 10, and is a useful additional layer alongside Malwarebytes 3.0.
So in summary, our recommendations are:
If you would prefer to use only one security product, choose Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium. Based on our testing, Malwarebytes 3.0 alone provides excellent protection against today’s threat landscape.
If you would prefer to pay for only one security product, choose Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium and add a free traditional antivirus like Windows Defender* (pre-installed for free in Windows 8 and 10). Malwarebytes installs alongside Windows Defender by default, so this is the default configuration in Windows 8 and 10.
[Bob The Helper: *My recommendation is if you still want to run an anti-virus program together with Malwarebytes 3.0 is to install Avira Free Anti-Virus which I know is heaps better than the built in anti-virus program in Windows 10. Install only the antivirus component, nothing else.]
If you would prefer to pay for two security products, by all means feel free to do so. Malwarebytes is compatible with all major security products on the market.
Can Malwarebytes 3.0 run alongside Symantec or McAfee?
Certainly! We built Malwarebytes 3.0 to be compatible with all major anti-virus software, even Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials. In fact by default Malwarebytes 3.0 installs in compatible mode alongside Defender, MSE or third-party antivirus products.
Since Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium can be considered an anti-virus replacement, will it register itself in Windows Security Center in order for Windows to recognize it as security software?
We have designed an innovative approach that allows us to run both as a recognized and certified/compliant primary line of defense as well as a layered or complement to other third-party security applications. Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium will only register in Windows Security Center if there is a third-party anti-virus program registered (i.e. a non-Microsoft anti-virus program). If there is a Microsoft anti registered and active, we will not register in Windows Security Center in order to preserve the benefit of layered security. If desired, users will be able to go into Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium Settings and change this behavior to force Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium to either “always register” or “never register”.
Upgrade Options: Right now, there is no auto-upgrade to Malwarebytes 3.0. So if you want it, you need to manually download the installer from Malwarebytes website and run it and it will upgrade your current installation to 3.0.
The good news is, if you already have a registered version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware you’ll be upgraded to Version 3.0 and continue to pay the same subscription fee you pay now which is $24.95 US whereas if you buy Version 3.0 new it will cost $39.99 US. So you’re saving $15 US a year.
If you use it as your prime protection method you’ll save there as well if you run your current anti-virus program until it expires and don’t renew it, and then just use Malwarebytes 3.0 because it will be more effective than your regular anti-virus program.
What will happen if I have both Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium subscriptions?
If you have both Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, you will now have 2 Malwarebytes 3.0 subscriptions. If you don’t want the extra subscription, you can give it away to friends or family, or choose not to renew when you subscription term is up. The two subscriptions share the same Licence ID and Key.