Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free, Premium and Business Stable released

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Beta has been available to anyone interested in the product for some time now. I have reviewed the security program back in 2013 when it was made available publicly for the first time and came to the conclusion that it could become a great addition to the security tools that you are running on your Windows PC.

In fact, I'm running it along with EMET and have not noticed any issues doing so. Malwarebytes on the other hand advises users against this as it can create conflicts.

Malwarebytes launched the stable version of Anti-Exploit yesterday, and just like with Anti-Malware, it is offering a free, premium and business version of the product.

You can download the free version of the software directly from Malwarebytes. While I did not notice any issues with existing security software on test systems, you may want to run a couple of tests just to make sure that everything is compatible and not causing conflicts on the system.

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit free vs. premium vs. business

There are several differences between the free and premium version of the product. The free version is limited to protecting browsers, browser add-ons (including plugins) and Java from, while the premium version adds pdf readers, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, media players, and options to add shields for custom programs.

The business edition adds a management console and remote endpoint management & centralized reporting to the application.

  Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit For Business
Protection for browsers, add-ons and Java yes
yes
yes
Protection for PDF readers, Office and media players   yes
yes
Activate/Deactivate pre-determined Shields   yes
yes
Add and manage custom applications   yes
yes
Management console     yes
Remote endpoint management & centralized reporting     yes

The free version covers two of the areas of the operating system that are attacked regularly, while the premium version expands on that by adding additional program types that are targeted regularly and offering options to protect custom programs as well.

The premium version is available for $24.95 for three PCs and 1 year of free upgrades, the business edition is available for $29.95 for a single PC and one year of free upgrades.

Running Anti-Exploit

anti-exploit free

The free version of Anti-Exploit runs on its own for the most part. You can bring its interface to the front to check the version and that it is running, or check the logs, but that is about it.

While that works out fine for many users, some may prefer more control over the program. It is necessary in this case however to purchase the premium or business version as it offers that.

The program offers three layers of protection against exploits:

  1. Protection against operating system security bypasses - Techniques that detect and prevent that operating system protections such as Date Execution Prevention are bypassed by exploits.
  2. Memory caller protection - Prevents exploit code from being executed from memory.
  3. Application behavior protection - Blocks application exploits such as memory mitigations from running successfully.

How good is the protection?

As far as I know, there have not been any independent tests yet that pit Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit against EMET and a boatload of different attack programs.

Tests have been conducted, but they have been sponsored by Malwarebytes. According to the test, Anti-Exploit blocked all of the exploit kits from running successfully.

Tested kits included Nuclear Pack, Angler EK, Infinity EK, FlashPack EK, Magnitude EK, Fiesta EK, Grandsoft EK, Sweet Orange EK, Styx EK, RIG and Gondad.

Note that some targeted applications may only be protected by the premium and business version of Malwarebytes.

Verdict

The protection that the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit offers is limited to two key areas on Windows. While that may be sufficient for some users, it may not for others.

This is especially the case if you compare it to Microsoft's free EMET offering which provides you with all the customization options that you need.

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Responses to Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free, Premium and Business Stable released

  1. Ficho June 13, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Does it protect all browsers or just major browsers (IE,Firefox,Chrome) ?

    • Martin Brinkmann June 13, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      According to the app, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Internet Explorer. I cannot say if that includes portable versions as well.

  2. Ray June 13, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    Anyone know what the technical changes were between the last beta (0.10.3.0100) and the free, release version?

    I'm not talking about the feature restriction! :)

    Update: Found the changelog - https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=132660#entry840678

  3. ilev June 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    1. The app totally crashed/blocked Chrome browser on my Windows 7 64bit. Previous beta works fine. Probably a conflict with app on my PC.
    2. You need to reboot Windows after the install.
    3. Known Issues & Conflicts : https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=135127

  4. Euroscept1C June 14, 2014 at 12:56 am #

    Serious question... Do ppl still install such crap?

    • ilev June 14, 2014 at 9:03 am #

      Yes, they do, as Windows OS can't protect any app or data .

  5. Neal June 15, 2014 at 2:30 am #

    Don't really see the point especially the free version only covers browsers, plugins. Looked at the test, and correct me if I am wrong but it was throwing known exploits at the plugins, so basically keeping your software up to date will be just as effective.

    The real test is if this kit protects against zero day exploits, which EMET reportedly does.

  6. dan June 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Such a shame... Malwarebytes Anti-malware used to be one of the very best secondary scanners. Companies never seem to want to leave well enough alone. The overhauled version is awful: a buggy resource hog that doesn't play well with EMET. Thanks for the memories, Malwarebytes; no thanks for your latest versions.

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