Video: Malwarebytes's Performance in our Malware Detection Test

This video portrays how I put Malwarebytes 3.0 to test in a hands-on zero-day malware detection test.

If you want to view other tests results, background, graphs, and attribute discussions on Malwarebytes 3.0, consult our comprehensive review.

2017 saw the release of the latest Malwarebytes software with a unique touch!

The difference between the new and old versions is that users can now install Malawarebytes as a malware removal and real time antivirus software instead of alongside the latter. In saying that, it can still be used with other software as well.

In addition to third-party test scores, I reviewed this popular vendor known for ant-malware software with a detailed overview and in-house hands-on tests conducted by our team.

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MalwareBytes 3.0 Premium

Viewers can look forward to detailed explanations and demonstrations of how well Malwarebytes 3.0 fares in its detection against zero-day malware. To do this I used 1,000 different malware files from one folder.

In order to trigger a scan I need to select this folder with malware files to inspect how many of them the software detects to either delete or quarantine so as to prevent infection. What we want to see is the figure dropping from 1,000 to 0 or at least close to 0.


Before you watch the video, note that Malwarebytes 3.0 is considered a "next-gen" (next generation) antivirus software that uses AI (artificial intelligence) to pick up on malware when files are executed and act as real threats to a system.

Your traditional antivirus software differs in that it excels at detecting malware that lie dormant by comparing a snippet of the code to a large database compiled by each antivirus vendor. The snippet of the code is comprised of an MD5 or other hashes.

Be aware that this test deals with the software's capability to detect malware ant not a protection/removal test.

The methods I illustrate in this video actually suit a test of a traditional antivirus; none of the files I test here are active, but rather they lie dormant in a honeypot folder.

In other words, Malwarebytes is concerned with behavioral detection techniques while a traditional antivirus software detects for malware against a signature database.

Hence my test results are not conclusive of Malwarebytes's overall capabilities. It is an extremely popular vendor for ample reason!

If the malware removal is anything to go by, the new version should show excellent improvements in its protection abilities over time.

A unique element of our reviews and tests is the antivirus lab tests calculator that collects detailed summaries and scores of antivirus vendors.

When you use this tool, set the tab to the last 3 years to get the most recent and accurate results for comparison purposes.

You might notice that Malwarebytes does not show up for these tests, and the reason is because independent antivirus labs did not test the software as a malware-removal software.

Now Malwarebytes 3.0 has changed the name of the game with the addition of zero-day malware detection abilities. If you want to see how the vendor fares overtime, use our useful calculator.

To conclude, use this video to expand your knowledge on malware and how to detect, as well as Malwarebytes's improvements.

Ami Zivov

A cyber-security expert with many years of experience in the field. Ami does the majority of our hands-on testing, he writes and contributes to our antivirus reviews, and he leads the innovation for improving our readers’ experience on the site.

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