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Discussion in 'General Security' started by carsandcomputers, Aug 31, 2018.

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  1. carsandcomputers

    carsandcomputers Thread Starter

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    Malware Bytes - Two Versions - Free & Pro - Are you fully protected with the free version? What is the difference?
     
  2. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    There is now - no real current version of FREE malwarebytes and even when there was, it was scan on demand ONLY, no real time protection
    However that version is no longer updated and supported

    The present situation is that there is the paid for malwarebytes which offers real time protection and whereas malwarebytes was previously only anti-malware and was run with an antivirus - the present malwarebytes is offered as the complete protection solution - not only for malware but also as an antivirus and adware etc.

    There is then the free trial of the paid for version, whch when the trial expires becomes the scan on demand only and therefore offers no real time protection.
    You can install the free trial and immediately disable the real time protection, so that the free trial period does not cause problems with the current AV in use.

    See here
    https://www.malwarebytes.com/premium/
    and scroll down that page for the comparison table.
     
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    Hello, or you could try Zemana Anti-Malware or Anti-Logger,
    very solid programs also:)
     
  4. Triple6

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    When did they eliminate the free version? It still listed on their website and I'm using the free version on a few computers.
    https://www.malwarebytes.com/pricing/
    My version says its the latest, says its free, and says No Expiration Date.

    The difference in the past, and from what I can tell is still true, is that the paid version offered real-time protection whereas the free version only offered on-demand scanning.
     
  5. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Previously you could download the free - scan on demand only - Malwarebytes
    NOW and as has been the situation for sometime you cannot download the free scan on demand only at least not from the general page of the site
    That offering finished when version 3 was introduced.
    You download the free version but if you check on the site it is the free trial of the premium version
    You then presuming you ONLY want the scan on demand follow this procedure
    https://support.malwarebytes.com/docs/DOC-1033

    As I explained on my reply
    However as carsandcomputers has never returned to his topic since 31 August., it appears a matter of little importance as to whether it is the original free version which WAS on download only scan on demand and therefore there was no chance of it conflicting with the existing protection program
    OR the NOW offered free download, which if the user is not aware will be the FULL version, albeit only a trial and MAY well conflict with the existing protection.

    On the previous issued version2 malwarebytes was only antimalware and it was commonly understood that it did not conflict with another AV program.

    Since version 3 MBAM is offered as the complete solution and does appear to conflict with other protection programs
     
  6. Triple6

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    In the Trial you choose to disable the trial and it becomes the free version. Just double checked it and it still works this way as it has since the introduction of the version 3.

    Here's one I just installed a few minutes ago:

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  7. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Is that not what I said on my first reply
    I cannot see the point you are trying to make
    You have just posted in post 6 what I said in my first reply to you.
     
  8. Triple6

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    You said there was no free version. That is incorrect. There absolutely is a free version.
     
  9. Macboatmaster

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    I have sent Personal conversation with detailed reply
    Your screenshot says all
    Upgrade to premium for real time protection

    Therefore there is no FREE version of malwarebytes that offers protection.
     
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  10. Cookiegal

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    First of all I think it's important to continue this discussion regardless of whether or not the thread starter returns as others will be reading and it's important that they get the correct information.

    There is indeed a "real" free version of MalwareBytes. The only difference is that at one time you could download the free anti-malware software as it existed previously and that's exactly what you got without having to do any further steps. That's because it was the only version of the product available at the time.

    As the product evolved and the developers added more features, it became an all-in-one anti-malware/anti-virus but instead of having a direct download to the free version which doesn't stand alone, you have to download the free trial and then either wait for the 14 day period to expire before it reverts to the free version or deactivate the free trial if you don't want to wait because you're already using other anti-virus software. There may also be an option to opt out of the free trial during the set-up process but I'd have to do some testing to confirm that.

    So just to be clear, you don't just "disable real-time protection" to get the free version, you have to actually deactivate the trial period as explained in the link in post no. 5. This not only disables real-time protection but also disables other features only available in the premium version so there won't be any conflicts with other software.
     
  11. Cookiegal

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    This is just to confirm that I've just uninstalled MalwareBytes and reinstalled it and there is no option to deactivate the trial period on installation so you have to do it after the program is installed.
     
  12. Macboatmaster

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    I agree and I apologise if I have unwittingly - confused the issue by the perhaps not perfect wording of my post 2.

    May I point out that the question asked was
    As I explained there is NO real free version of malwarebytes as the free version - be it the previously existing version that was simply offered as the free version, rather than the present free trial offer - which as I thought I explained on my post 2 may be used as the free scan on demand only either by waiting until the trial expires or by - as I now realise - disabling the trial, (as I posted in my reply 5 in the opening paragraph with the link) is still a scan on demand only

    So the free trial version however it is used and to answer the question asked in the post is NOT a free version offering protection.

    Once again may I offer my apologies for what is perhaps the less than perfect wording.

    I have read it again and I still feel that my post explains that the FREE offer is NOT a free version offering protection and therefore you are not of course fully protected with the free version
     
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  13. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    No one is arguing the fact that the free version doesn't offer real-time protection and therefore is "on demand" only. Triple6 was only questioning your statement that there is no longer a free version, which is, in fact, incorrect as he said and I reiterated. It is free and it is real. It just doesn't do everything the paid version does which is common with most software that offer free versions.
     
  14. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    I surrender and once again apologise for my less than perfect wording
     
  15. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    No problem. :)
     
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