Download of the Day: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

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Malware is one scourge that can sometimes seem like it's hell bent on ruining your day, though it doesn't have to be that way and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will make sure it doesn't thrive on your PC.

Why you need it

Getting rid of malware once it has invaded your system doesn't have to feel like a chore these days and of all the free anti-malware, spyware and adware offerings out there, most don't come close to what Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can offer.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware knows where malware and malicious software hide on your PC and doesn't beat around the bush by going right to the source to weed out whatever ills are affecting your system. There are two ways in which it can carry out scans. One is the threat scan that looks in the places it knows threats exist and the custom scan lets users adjust it to their own preference.

The extensiveness of the scanning process can be seen in how long it takes to complete and we recommend that you grab a coffee whilst it does its thing. When it's done you'll be glad you waited. A list of threats it has discovered will be presented that you can choose to delete one by one or just quarantine the whole lot.

Jump over to the settings menu to look through the wealth of other options that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware provides including the chance to specify files and folders that shouldn't be scanned, and there is the opportunity to adjust the detection and protection options.

Like almost every other anti-malware program, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has a plethora of enhanced features hidden behind a paywall such as advanced website protection, online backups and the chance to schedule scans.

It doesn't cost a lot more to upgrade and such is the quality of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware we think it would be more than worth spending the extra money. All in all it's an excellent way to protect your PC and won't be dethroned from the top of the anti-malware charts any time soon.

Key features

Works on: Windows PC

Versions: Free and premium versions from £17.95 ($24.95, or AU$29.95)

Proven Capabilities: Hundreds of millions of users have already benefited from the malware, adware and spyware fighting capabilities of the software that have a track record for a reason - they work.

Always up-to-date: Malwarebytes is always ready to fight even the most recently discovered viruses thanks to a robust updating system.