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Classification Security
Type Anti-malware
Developer(s) Malwarebytes Corporation
First Release January 2006
License Proprietary:
  • Personal: Freeware
  • Commercial: Paid premium license

OS Windows (XP and later), macOS (10.9 and later), and Android (4.1 and later)

Malwarebytes is an anti-malware program, available in both free and paid versions. It is designed primarily to operate alongside an anti-virus program. However, the paid version also includes an anti-virus module.[1]


  • Designed to detect harder-to-find malware
  • Multiple scanning modes
  • Single-file or directory scanner (available from the context menu)
  • Frequent updates, from their own lab
  • Works alongside other anti-malware software[2]
  • File/program white-listing[2]
  • Relatively high detection rate of new malware[1]
  • "Chameleon" feature, allowing the software to run even when malware attempts to block it[1]
  • Command-line scan triggering[2]


  • Free version does not offer realtime guard
  • Is not always sufficient as a primary defense (and is not designed to be)[1]


In 2004, Marcin Kleczynski picked up some malware on his computer, and had a hard time removing it, even though he was using paid anti-virus software. He decided to do something about it, and did just that.[3]

Company Management

Marcin Kleczynski Chief Executive Officer
Mark Harris Chief Financial Officer
Bruce Harrison VP of Research
Thomas Miller SVP of Sales
Rebecca Kline Chief Marketing Officer
Mark Patton VP of Engineering
Fernando Francisco VP of Corporate Development & Strategy
Pedro Bustamante VP of Technology
Doug Folden VP of People
Justin Dolly Chief Security Officer & CIO[3]


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