Malwarebytes Premium 3.0 announced

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 16, 2016

Malwarebytes, maker of the popular Anti-Malware application for Windows,released a first beta version of Malwarebytes Premium 3.0 for the operating system.

Malwarebytes Premium is a new product that combines the company's Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware products in a single package.

The product comes at a cost of $39.99 per computer per year. As a comparison, both Anti-Malware and Anti-Exploit are available for $24.95 per year while Anti-Ransomware is offered as a beta currently only.

it is unclear right now if the new Malwarebytes Premium will replace existing company products, or if it will be offered as an additional option besides Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware.

Malwarbytes did announce that it plans to grandfather existing customers in at the current price. It seems that lifetime licenses will also be honored by the company.

As we did with our change from perpetual to subscription, we will grandfather in existing customers at their current price. We are still working out the details, but I assure you we will take care of all existing customers.

Note: The setup routine will update any existing copy of Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit or Anti-Ransomware to Malwarebytes Premium during installation.

Malwarebytes Premium 3.0

malwarebytes premium interface

MalwarebytesPremium ships with a re-designed interface that displays the main entry points of the application on the side instead of the header.

The dashboard reveals more information but that is to be expected considering that Malwarebytes Premium includes additional protection modules.

The right side of the interface highlights the real-time protection status -- web, exploit, malware and ransomware -- the scan status which highlights the last scan, the next scheduled scan, and the update statuts, and the protection history.

It takes one click to run a manual scan of the system just like before. Since this is a premium product, it features real-time protection, something that the free version of Anti-Malware does not support.

The settings are more complex now thanks to the added modules. One thing you may want to do is enable the scanning for rootkits under protection, as this is disabled by default.

You may also configure the anti-exploit behavior in detail, by enabling or disabling certain anti-exploit technologies for program types, e.g. browsers or media players.

You find options under protection to disable any of the available real-time protection modules. So, if you don't want the program to protect you against certain kinds of threats, this is the place to do so.

This can be useful if you run other programs that protect your system against these threats already, or if you run into issues when those security modules are enabled.

malwarebytes premium settings

The preferences old more settings of interest. You may define the handling of potentially unwanted programs and potentially unwanted modifications there, change the update interval, set the update behavior (automatic or not), configure notifications, enable Windows context menu options and more.

There is also an option to schedule scans, and to add files, folders, websites, exploits or applications to the list of exclusions.

Closing Words

The new Malwarebytes Premium combines the company's major security products Anti-Malware Premium, Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware in a single package. That's excellent for users who run them all or at least two of them, provided that they have a commercial license -- best lifetime -- already.

The product is available as a beta version currently which means that it is not suitable for production environments.

Things are a bit unclear right now in regards to licenses and the grandfathering, and whether all current products remain available as individual products.

Malwarebytes Premium runs alongside other security solutions. Malwarebytes notes that the scanning performance has improved by three to four times.

On a personal note, I'm looking forward to the new Malwarebytes Premium as I run two of the company's products already on my Windows machines. Combining those into one should make things a little simpler.

You can download Malwarebytes Premium from the official forum currently. The product will be available on the official site once it is released as a stable version.

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  1. ZippyDSMlee said on December 1, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Anyone having issues with MWB 3.0 stopping firefox from processing but says all its appdata/folders/files check out okay?

  2. Anonymous said on December 1, 2016 at 11:29 am

    “Hy: Buy our shitty competitor product which is known to be crippleware garbage”

    World: Nope. Mb rules, bitch.

  3. Hy said on November 18, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Ooh! I’m running both of those, too, (actually EAM, not EIS, and MBAM) but I was thinking just the opposite: I’m leaning towards letting the MBAM subscription run out next year, and just sticking with Emsisoft. If MBAM goes to $40 a year, I will definitely drop it.

    I like Malwarebytes fine–it’s well-designed for what it is, and I often recommend it to others. But on my machine it just doesn’t seem to do very much. I had gotten it only because it used to warn of suspicious IPs when I was using one particular program, which I no longer use. For months now (years?) I’ve heard nothing out of MBAM on my machine, and its daily threat scans and weekly full scans never find anything.

    Emsisoft, on the other hand, does much more that MBAM. I like it’s integrated dual scanning engines (Bitdefender engine and Emsisoft engine), and it just beefed up its anti-ransomware protection last month in the new version 12. And I really cannot imagine taking any machine online ever again without Emsisoft’s customizable surf protection. I’ve got so much security-busting and privacy-invading stuff blocked in the custom rules in there, along with tons of tracking and advertising stuff blocked. And that’s browser-wide, system-wide protection, for every program on my machine. And the EIS you’re running has a firewall, too, which MBAM doesn’t have, of course.

    I’d feel perfectly comfortable running only Emsisoft as a stand-alone AV or suite, but I don’t think MBAM, even when the new 3.0 beta goes to stable, would come close to cutting it as a stand-alone, at least for me…

    1. Hy said on November 18, 2016 at 10:44 am

      P.S. The above was a reply to Gary D. I clicked on his reply button before posting, but for some reason it looks like it didn’t work…

  4. Bob said on November 17, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Is it working on Insiders preview

  5. Croatoan said on November 17, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Is Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware still beta?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 17, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Yes last time I checked it was.

  6. Nikita said on November 17, 2016 at 11:38 am

    This software is worth a paid subscription.

    1. Gary D said on November 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      I agree Nikita. I have Malwarebytes Anti Malware Pro installed.

      It is running with Emsisoft Internet Security Pro (anti virus) with no conflict. Between them, they stop Trojans, Viruses, and PUPs .
      When MBAM 3 comes out of Beta, I will install it and see what it does and see if I can remove Emsisoft.

    2. ZippyDSMlee said on November 17, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      20 maybe, 40 not so much. Hopefully after a few months re-sellers will get it closer to 15-20 like most other AV stuff.

  7. Anonymous said on November 17, 2016 at 6:47 am

    still in beta

    1. T J said on November 17, 2016 at 9:51 am

      “still in beta”

      Martin makes it blindingly obvious that this is a beta product as does the MBAM web site. READ all the forum posts before you install it.

      “I will never pay for installing a security solution using a bat or a vampire as logo”

      Why not ? I suggest that you install and evaluate the demo version of a product before dismissing it for such a trivial reason. Pathetic.

  8. Rich said on November 17, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Can you post the link to where this can be found? I dont see any forums on their support page right now ?

    Thanks !

  9. neal said on November 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Great news for us for bought a lifetime subscriptions. I wonder what they will do with the lifetime malwarebytes subscriptions though. I think they tried to make additional money by having the product separate but I guess it didn’t work out as planned. I think it wasn’t realistic for them to maintain three separate code bases along while incorporating the new tech they bought.

    1. ZippyDSMlee said on November 17, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Unless they kill the lifetime altogether, I’ve had trouble with my lifetime key.

      They should just offer an all in one premium for 20 a year, and limited manual scan stuff for free, even the exploit and malware scanners can be done at 15$ a year if you want one or the other, 40$ a year is a bit much I refuse to pay more than 30$ a year for AV stuff and Kaspersky is 15-25 a year by itself…

  10. Anonymous said on November 16, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I will never pay for installing a security solution using a bat or a vampire as logo.

  11. seeprime said on November 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    If Malwarebytes incorporated the engines from AdwCleaner and Junkware Removal Tool, they might have a winner. I’m testing it now. But, I won’t recommend it to our customers until I see how it stacks up on and/or

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