Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is by far my favorite and most used anti-malware program in my PC history. I’m a big fan of the free version as it offers the level of protection I need for what I do day in and day out of my PC. Over the years, the free version has saved my PC and online life more than once and I’m grateful that software companies still exist that want to help consumers as oppose to limit them within the confines of free software so much that it does them no good.

I was recently given the opportunity to test-drive the pro version of Malwarebytes. While we primarily cover free software here at TechNorms, I feel the pro version of this anti-malware software deserves a look by anybody who wishes to boost their arsenal against online threats.

Malwarebytes: Anti-Malware Pro Review

Before we start the Malwarebytes Pro review, it’s important to note that the primary difference between the free and paid versions is that the free version helps clean up your computer after you’re infected. The paid version helps prevent your computer from being infected.

Real-Time Protection


Real-time protection is where Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro differs from its free version. In conjunction with a solid anti-virus program, the two can work together to weed out issues that might pop-up. When I purposefully downloaded some files and ZIP folder I knew to contain malware for testing purposes, Malwarebytes quickly identified that they were suspicious and let me know via notification so I could choose what to do next with the files and folders.

Pre-Emptive Protection

I’ve always liked the idea of pre-emptive protection, which is something Norton pioneered when it was king of the anti-virus software industry. Not many anti-malware programs offer a pre-emptive protection level which can help steer you away from malware as you move around the Web.

Malwarebytes offers heuristic detection which helps identify malware before it’s officially recognized as such, along with blocking web sites that are known to contain malware.

Scheduled Scans


Any time you scan schedule a scan, with MalwareBytes you know you have a software title that gets it. By scanning daily, weekly or monthly, you can always be sure your machine is as clean as possible from malware threats online.

By scheduling scans, especially overnight, you have the power to clean up your machine and not lose time doing it. It’s easy to set up a scheduled scan in Malwarebytes and see the results when away from the PC.

My Thoughts On Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro

The important thing to note about the Malwarebytes Pro version is that when you purchase a license, you are purchasing a lifetime license to the product. Many freemium products out there require you to renew your license yearly, which adds up over time. We think Malwarebytes’ model shows that it truly cares about protecting your PC and doesn’t need you to renew your license yearly to do it.

Malwarebytes, even the free version, has always been a good resource to have on hand and the real-time protection offered in the free version is more than worth the lifetime price for it. If you’re looking for a way to offer full, comprehensive coverage for your PC from the threats that come from the Web, utilizing Malwarebytes Pro with an anti-virus program offering real-time protection is the way to go.


Overall, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro exceeded my expectations especially when it came to its real-time protection in particular. While I like to consider myself safe online, you never know when real-time protection can save your PC from a nasty malware infection.

By coupling this with Baidu, I feel confident that I can avoid and take care of any viruses or malware that come my way with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro. With real-time protection and heuristic detection, the pro version of Malwarebytes offers comprehensive coverage that the free version can never come close to providing.

We encourage our readers to try out Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro. Malwarebytes offers a free 14-day trial for you to see if it’s right for you. Take that 14 days to see just how the real-time protection secures your system and what the paid version of Malwarebytes can do for you and let us know what you think of it. We’d love to hear whether you think the paid version of Malwarebytes .