After months of beta testing, Malwarebytes 4.0 is now available for everyone. It brings many improvements, not least of which is a newly designed user interface and malware scans that use 50 percent less CPU resources than before.
Version 4.0 features a new scanning engine that the developer is calling “Malwarebytes Katana Engine,” which is said to combine new detection technologies with the best existing detection engines. Thanks to a layered defense of proactive and signature-less technologies, Malwarebytes is now better equipped to handle zero-hour malware in real-time as well as catching legacy-style malware.
The company says that these new detection technologies help close the gap between Malwarebytes and full-blown antivirus software. Malwarebytes goes as far as saying that the latest build of its software provides better defense against zero-day threats than traditional antivirus solutions.
That’s a pretty strong claim considering Malwarebytes has always been viewed as more of a supplement to antivirus software. When you install Malwarebytes 4.0, its default behavior is to register itself as the primary line of defense for Windows—consider that a heads up if you are going to install this update while using another antivirus.
Key features added in Malwarebytes 4.0:
- Improved zero-hour detection: Pinpoints new threats as they arise and before they can wreak havoc on your device.
- Expanded malware detection: Blocks even more malware for improved protection.
- Signature-less behavioral detection: Identifies the latest variants of dangerous malware families that attempt to evade traditional signatures through runtime packing, obfuscation and encryption, offering instant protection against new threats that traditional AV has a hard time detecting.
- Faster threat definition process: Sreamlines the publishing of new definitions, reducing the time it takes to protect you from new threats.
- Revamped user interface: Completely redesigned user interface that is intuitive, more informative and simple to use.
- Threat statistics: Allows you to see what Malwarebytes is doing for you in real-time and get a first-hand view of what threats are coming at you (and being blocked).
- Cybersecurity news: Dynamic feed keeps you informed of the latest threats and other security topics.
- Easier updates: More automation means you receive the latest protection with less effort.
We’ve seen reports saying that older versions of Malwarebytes may not automatically upgrade to Malwarebytes 4.0, so there’s a chance you’ll have to grab the new installer and update manually. For folks who have a premium subscription to Malwarebytes 3.x ($39.99/yr), note that you can upgrade to version 4.0 for free and your existing license will work with the software.
A subscription is required for most of the more advanced security features such as protection against ransomware or real-time virus monitoring. Nonetheless, folks who use the free edition of Malwarebytes 4.0 can still look forward to an updated user interface and a huge 50 percent savings on CPU resources when scanning for threats.