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Malwarebytes

Adware removal tool (was AdwareMedic).

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Malwarebytes overview

Malwarebytes (was AdwareMedic) helps you get your Mac experience back. Malwarebytes scans for and removes code that degrades system performance or attacks your system. Making your Mac once again your Mac. The app can be used for free to clean infected devices, but real-time protection requires an upgrade to the Premium plan, whose pricing info can be found here.

What It Does:
  • Removes adware, such as Genieo, VSearch, and Vidx
  • Removes malware, including Trojans
  • Scans quickly
  • Simplifies program management through a clean, lean interface
How It Does It:
  • Anti-adware
  • Anti-malware
  • Light footprint
  • Simple interface

What’s new in version 4.21.9.5141

Updated on Sep 29 2023

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
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Information

License

Free

Size

43.2 MB

Downloads

279734

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • OS X 10.12 or later
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Malwarebytes qualities

Value
5.0
Ease of use
5.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
5.0

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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Sep 21 2023
4.20.7.5022
5.0
Sep 21 2023
5.0
Version: 4.20.7.5022
v4.21.9 is out. --> NOTE: Malwarebytes is NOT JUST an adware removal tool. As such, the one line description here at MU is currently WRONG. The early version of the app was indeed an adware removal tool. But NOW its scope is ALL current MALWARE of any known kind. Read through the OVERVIEW above for details. It's far faster than other anti-malware apps in that it checks all the infection locations of known malware on Macs. It does not scan every bit and byte on your drive. As such, it's more efficient in scanning speed. I personally use it as a supplemental scanner, with Intego VirusBarrier as my general anti-malware scanner.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Nov 10 2022
4.17.8.4831
5.0
Nov 10 2022
5.0
Version: 4.17.8.4831
If you have version 4.17.8, it's the same thing as "4.17.18.4831". IOW, you're up-to-date. Verify by running "Check for updates...".
RogerKatz
RogerKatz
Nov 9 2022
4.16.7.4745
5.0
Nov 9 2022
5.0
Version: 4.16.7.4745
The current versions 4.17
Satcomer
Satcomer
Mar 25 2022
4.14.26.4565
5.0
Mar 25 2022
5.0
Version: 4.14.26.4565
Come out with a Universal or Silicon version please!
Satcomer
Satcomer
Mar 9 2022
4.14.26.4565
5.0
Mar 9 2022
5.0
Version: 4.14.26.4565
Love this application but now 1+year sense the first M1 came out most Macs now use M1 variants! So why no Mac Universal version at least by this point?
jane779
jane779
May 31 2021
4.9.7.4220
5.0
May 31 2021
5.0
Version: 4.9.7.4220
Reliable antivirus with powerful anti-malware protection
Scion777
Scion777
Mar 24 2021
4.7.9.3978
0.0
Mar 24 2021
0.0
Version: 4.7.9.3978
MacUpdate Admin: you keep posting a version as 'new' that came out a while back as of 3026-21
sirossixnetcomcom7788
sirossixnetcomcom7788
Nov 26 2020
4.6.11.3824
3.0
Nov 26 2020
3.0
Version: 4.6.11.3824
The App seems stable on both a Mojave iMac Pro, and a Catalina iMac. However, getting responses from their Tech Support is a real problem. They used to respond quickly, but I have now been waiting several weeks!
vegasmacguy
vegasmacguy
Sep 19 2020
4.5.14.3726
1.0
Sep 19 2020
1.0
Version: 4.5.14.3726
This installs an unquitable service. When asked for an option to fully exit their software, the company has repeatedly dodged the question and refused to do so. They only tell you how to hide the menu process not exit the background agent. This is extreamly shady behavior. Malwarebytes used to be the goto for anti malware, but I have no choice but to believe they may be snooping on you and your system to sell your data. This is the only reason to respond the way they have. As a sysadmin, I cannot tolerate a piece of software that inserts itself without a way to disable it completely. If the agent becomes infected, has a memory leak, causes an incompatibility that creates a kernel panic, There is no recourse. Malwarebytes now insists on behaving in the same manner as the software they were designed to protect you against. Use something else.
afyanke
afyanke
Jul 27 2020
4.4.11.3637
0.0
Jul 27 2020
0.0
Version: 4.4.11.3637
Existing software on your system loaded a system extension signed by “Malwarebytes Corporation” which will be incompatible with a future version of macOS. Contact the developer for support. (From Apple...)
Bousozoku
Bousozoku
Jun 20 2020
4.4.11.3637
5.0
Jun 20 2020
5.0
Version: 4.4.11.3637
I've been a Mac user since 1993 but I worked with DOS, OS/2, and Windows machines for years. The typical anti-virus software wasn't good enough. A few years ago, I got a touch screen Windows machine to try, and ended up buying Malwarebytes because it was really amazing at keeping the machine clean. Coming back to an older Mac running Catalina, I needed good software to eliminate threats. Sophos anti-virus wasn't helping on a previous machine, and situations were becoming more intense. I needed software that didn't work the same old way. I needed software that looked at more intricate patterns that would end up in a compromised system--to stop what was happening. Malwarebytes is that software. It's useful to buy a multi-machine license, if you're using multiple Macs or Macs and Windows. Obviously, my mid-2012 MacBook Pro is hardly new, but the software hasn't produced a noticeable slowdown.
Meitnik
Meitnik
Mar 2 2020
4.1.28.3352
1.0
Mar 2 2020
1.0
Version: 4.1.28.3352
Wow, it installs a menubar menu item without my permission suddenly today. Not cool. Then I find out it has lots of problems with 10.14.6. Complex steps needed to get it to work right under 10.14.6. It took over my computer without warning this morning. Removing the app, they failed to respect my computer.
Dellsuxx
Dellsuxx
Feb 19 2020
4.1.28.3352
5.0
Feb 19 2020
5.0
Version: 4.1.28.3352
Sits quietly In the background of my iMac Doing nothing wrong really. It has on occasion caught Mac Malware, quarantined, repaired, and deleted It. Very good program.
RobertS7068
RobertS7068
Jan 18 2020
4.0.30.3073
3.0
Jan 18 2020
3.0
Version: 4.0.30.3073
1/17/2020 - Using Malwarebytes on Mac OS 10.15.2 causes internet to not download data with a "Connection error! The request timed out." dialog to appear. Removing MB returns everything back to normal operation. On reinstallation of MB problem returns. (2013 MacPro 6,1)
GymW
GymW
Aug 15 2019
3.9.27.2815
1.0
Aug 15 2019
1.0
Version: 3.9.27.2815
This App seems to infiltrate the MacOS and install pieces of it all over MacOS and God know what it is doing. I choose to delete it after installing the free version as I already have similar products, and I felt it was impacting performance and/or causing some stability issues. It literally took me hours to search out all the pieces and delete them . As such I cannot recommend this product.
ShotBlocker
ShotBlocker
Aug 11 2019
3.8.17.2526
0.5
Aug 11 2019
0.5
Version: 3.8.17.2526
Dear MacUpdate Users, I have stated this before on MacUpdate but, since some people didn't get the memo, I'll say it again: Quickie, one-liner 5-star reviews on this site are WORTHLESS. I would also say that quickie, one-liner 5-star reviews by people who purport to be Mac malware experts (I'm referring to "Hanspoot" just below) with "over 300" clients are EXCEPTIONALLY worthless. Especially when that 'expert' is claiming (it actually sounds like boasting) that his 300+ clients are averaging 5 infections PER MONTH. My friends, if you are averaging 5 infections per month, while you pay both a Mac consultant, and also for anti-malware software, your Mac consultant is not only incompetent but irresponsible. A properly protected Mac, with a properly trained user (and a reputable Mac consultant should be a *teacher* for his or her clients, rather than leaving them uneducated and vulnerable in order to suck money out of them) should not get 5 infections in A YEAR. You especially want to avoid a consultant who allows you to get 5 infections per month while using a "real-time" scanner like the paid subscription version of Malwarebytes. This is beyond irresponsible -- it is appalling. For that kind of money, you should not be getting ANY infections. That's the point of "real-time" scanning, and why you pay a premium (in money and performance) for it. Also, please, be skeptical of reviewers who make silly, boastful claims that can't be substantiated. This is something akin to what Malwarebytes does with it says that it "crushes the latest threats" and other hyped-up nonsense. * * * Now, if you want to see a useful review, scroll down to "Jimw's" comments on May 17, 2019, where he points out that not only does Malwarebytes cause instabilities (inexcusable in and of itself), but its so-called "uninstaller" doesn't actually uninstall everything like it should. It leaves bits and pieces of Malwarebytes junk all over the place. This is beyond inexcusable -- it's disgraceful. -SB P.S. And by the way, "Hanspoot," I don't get money from any AV vendors as you insinuate in one of your snarky comments below. I don't actually recommend ClamXAV though I do subscribe. The Intego VirusBarrier Scanner works just as well as an on-demand scanner -- and it's free. And I actually do use and recommend the older "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware" program (v.1.3.1.628) It still works very well, much as it did when Thomas Reed originally developed it -- a tight, light, free scanner for active infections -- before Malwarebytes (the company) turned it into a bloated piece of expensive corporate crapware.
Hanspoot
Hanspoot
Aug 9 2019
3.8.17.2526
5.0
Aug 9 2019
5.0
Version: 3.8.17.2526
finds among my (over 300) clients about 1500 inf. per month
Sgilbert
Sgilbert
Aug 8 2019
3.8.17.2526
0.0
Aug 8 2019
0.0
Version: 3.8.17.2526
What's going on? On Aug 1st, I downloaded & installed v. 3.9.23.2814; now, just 8 days later, they issue 3.8.17.2526. Are they backtracking??
GymW
GymW
May 17 2019
3.8.17.2526
1.0
May 17 2019
1.0
Version: 3.8.17.2526
I had tried using it many months ago. During the time I was using it I started to have machine instabilities which I finally traced to it. So I chose to remove it, and even tried its so called uninstaller. Afterwords I still was occasionally present with some evidence that pieces of it were still lurking on my machine. So I used a few in depth tools to check for invisible and system file and found pieces of it still all over my computer. After several hours of work I finally got rid of all of it; at least I believe I did. Since then the problems that I attributed to it have disappeared. Given its bad behavior on my machine and the way it inserts itself all over MacOS, I have come to believe that the text 'bytes' at the end of its name should be removed as its name without 'bytes' seems much more appropriate.
jagrutisharma937
jagrutisharma937
May 15 2019
3.8.16.2524
0.0
May 15 2019
0.0
Version: 3.8.16.2524
Well, its good to know that I am not the only one and I hide my login also. I think it is very easy to use and I am happy with it so far. Thanks! <a href="https://www.filehippoz.com/filehippo-malwarebytes-free-download/">Malwarebytes</a>

Satcomer
Satcomer
Jul 3 2022
4.15.9.4666
5.0
Jul 3 2022
5.0
Version: 4.15.9.4666
jane779
jane779
May 31 2021
4.9.7.4220
5.0
May 31 2021
5.0
Version: 4.9.7.4220
gerardkirk95
gerardkirk95
May 21 2021
4.9.7.4220
4.0
May 21 2021
4.0
Version: 4.9.7.4220
sirossixnetcomcom7788
sirossixnetcomcom7788
Nov 26 2020
3.0
Nov 26 2020
3.0
Version: null
vegasmacguy
vegasmacguy
Sep 19 2020
1.0
Sep 19 2020
1.0
Version: null
Bousozoku
Bousozoku
Jun 20 2020
5.0
Jun 20 2020
5.0
Version: null
Meitnik
Meitnik
Mar 2 2020
1.0
Mar 2 2020
1.0
Version: null
Dellsuxx
Dellsuxx
Feb 19 2020
5.0
Feb 19 2020
5.0
Version: null
RobertS7068
RobertS7068
Jan 18 2020
3.0
Jan 18 2020
3.0
Version: null
GymW
GymW
Aug 15 2019
1.0
Aug 15 2019
1.0
Version: null
Hanspoot
Hanspoot
Aug 9 2019
5.0
Aug 9 2019
5.0
Version: null
chicagocrust
chicagocrust
Aug 7 2019
4.5
Aug 7 2019
4.5
Version: null
iMacWare
iMacWare
May 25 2019
3.5
May 25 2019
3.5
Version: null
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
May 9 2019
5.0
Version: null
Katesoren1936
Katesoren1936
Apr 21 2019
1.5
Apr 21 2019
1.5
Version: null
eilla-1
eilla-1
Mar 25 2019
3.5
Mar 25 2019
3.5
Version: null
Ctmartin
Ctmartin
Mar 24 2019
2.5
Mar 24 2019
2.5
Version: null
kiwinacol
kiwinacol
Dec 7 2018
1.0
Dec 7 2018
1.0
Version: null
Funjoy
Funjoy
Nov 16 2018
4.5
Nov 16 2018
4.5
Version: null
F-John-Cianci
F-John-Cianci
Nov 7 2018
3.5
Nov 7 2018
3.5
Version: null
ecaniaux
ecaniaux
Sep 29 2018
2.0
Sep 29 2018
2.0
Version: null
Jna
Jna
Sep 27 2018
0.5
Sep 27 2018
0.5
Version: null
michael-hayhurst
michael-hayhurst
Sep 9 2018
3.0
Sep 9 2018
3.0
Version: null
Noraa
Noraa
Aug 25 2018
5.0
Aug 25 2018
5.0
Version: null
mikomeryl
mikomeryl
Jun 17 2018
0.5
Jun 17 2018
0.5
Version: null
ShotBlocker
ShotBlocker
Jun 11 2018
0.5
Jun 11 2018
0.5
Version: null
Claude-Demierre
Claude-Demierre
May 17 2018
4.0
May 17 2018
4.0
Version: null
Nealnt
Nealnt
May 14 2018
3.0
May 14 2018
3.0
Version: null
kaydentaylornew
kaydentaylornew
Feb 25 2018
3.5
Feb 25 2018
3.5
Version: null
DragonMaster
DragonMaster
Feb 24 2018
5.0
Feb 24 2018
5.0
Version: null
yungparkloo88
yungparkloo88
Feb 21 2018
4.0
Feb 21 2018
4.0
Version: null
grinberg89
grinberg89
Feb 21 2018
4.5
Feb 21 2018
4.5
Version: null
MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
Feb 10 2018
1.0
Feb 10 2018
1.0
Version: null
thosbsamsgom
thosbsamsgom
Feb 6 2018
2.0
Feb 6 2018
2.0
Version: null
frans-3
frans-3
Jan 19 2018
1.5
Jan 19 2018
1.5
Version: null
samostom
samostom
Dec 28 2017
3.0
Dec 28 2017
3.0
Version: null
Jgrove
Jgrove
Dec 25 2017
1.0
Dec 25 2017
1.0
Version: null
Dagge
Dagge
Dec 14 2017
0.5
Dec 14 2017
0.5
Version: null
gamezr01
gamezr01
Nov 22 2017
1.0
Nov 22 2017
1.0
Version: null
geno
geno
Nov 7 2017
5.0
Nov 7 2017
5.0
Version: null
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