Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta available for download

Ransomware has become a growing threat in today’s online word for small businesses. This variant of malicious software empowers cybercriminals using malware in bogus email to freeze computer files of a user until a ransom is paid. In the face of this challenge, Malwarebytes has rolled out its latest security offering called Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware.

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware is a simple software, light in weight capable of running in the background while quietly monitoring behavior of the machine associated with file encrypting ransomware. Upon detecting any suspicious activity, the program automatically blocks the thread from encrypting your data, quarantines the executable, and alerts you that something harmful is detected.

Most of today’s security software aren’t specifically designed for ransomware as it does not act like traditional malware: some are updated daily. As such, it is hard to find and kill them. Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware however, uses advanced proactive technology that monitors what ransomware is up to and kills it before it can do any damage. It has no shot at encrypting. The good part is it does not rely on signatures so, it is completely compatible with antivirus.

Some reports suggest the product has successfully detected, blocked and quarantined the most dangerous ransomware variants by likes of CryptoWall4, CryptoLocker, Tesla, and CTB-Locker.

“Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware uses advanced proactive technology that monitors what ransomware is doing and stops it cold before it even touches your files. It has no shot at encrypting. And it does not rely on signatures or heuristics, so it’s light and completely compatible with antivirus,” writes Malwarebytes CEO in a blog post.

Its UI offers a simple and easy to understand dashboard, Quarantine and Exclusions. Installation is pretty simple. All a user has to do is simply download and install the app.

Currently, this program is in the beta stage – and free to download and use. Once it goes out of beta, it is likely that it may not remain free or available a s a standalone freeware. Take a look at these free Anti-Ransomware Tools instead.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in technology and has an immense interest in following Microsoft and other technology developments around the world. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player.

14 Comments

  1. Dan

    Definitely going to look at and try this, thanks for the news!

  2. safari801

    Can’t be found on their site.

  3. Woomera

    im disappointed at WindowsClub for promoting products from a company that has no respect for their customers after what they did last year to their licensing system.

  4. Just curious. What did they do?

  5. Woomera

    the messed up situation with their licensing system about a year ago, they basically reset their whole licensing system and removed every single license and screwed everyone who paid for their software. they said they gonna be GENEROUS and provide 1 year license to everyone including people with Lifetime license like me. it was unacceptable.

  6. Ed

    Neither will Malwarebytes Anti-Ransom be after beta, the ONLY reason it is free at the moment is because it is in the beta stage, after that they will start charging for it ….. more than likely on a yearly structure and for only 1 pc, who wants to pay for software over and over and over? WinAntiRansom from the makers of Winpatrol offers a LIFETIME 5 pc license and has been recently crowned King of Anti-Ransom software by an independent test by Cruelsister of Malwaretips. Really, WinAntiRansom is just better software, hands down, made by a company that is more intersted in it’s end users and not just their bottom line.

  7. Ed

    They changed their whole licensing structure from lifetime licenses to charging a yearly license …… essentially screwing their customers.

  8. Marcin Kleczynski

    Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware will be bundled with our other products, it will not be a separate add-on that will be charged for.

    As for our licensing change; anyone that had a lifetime license that they bought or were given by the Malwarebytes team is still totally valid. We have 2.2 million lifetime licenses loaded into our key licensing system, 99.99% of those users are not having issues. If you are having issues, please do not hesitate to contact us and we’ll gladly help you; if you have a license that you purchased of course!

  9. Marcin Kleczynski

    Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware will be bundled with our other products, it will not be a separate add-on that will be charged for.

    As for our licensing change; anyone that had a lifetime license that they bought or were given by the Malwarebytes team is still totally valid. We have 2.2 million lifetime licenses loaded into our key licensing system, 99.99% of those users are not having issues. If you are having issues, please do not hesitate to contact us and we’ll gladly help you; if you have a license that you purchased of course!

  10. Marcin Kleczynski

    Hi Ed, we grandfathered in ANY lifetime licenses that were legitimate. They are still lifetime licenses and continue to be.

    If that’s not the case for you, please contact us either on the forum or through e-mail and we’ll take a look why.

  11. Ed

    “Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware will be bundled with our other products, it will not be a separate add-on that will be charged for”
    Marcin, please don’t use a play on words, even if it’s bundled with other products one will STILL be paying for it, it will be by no means “free”. It’s only free during beta testing until Malwarebytes gets the bugs out after that new customers will have to pay for whatever product you are bundling it with, so essentially it will not be free.
    As for Malwarebytes licensing, I don’t have a problem with it, my license is a lifetime license, luckily I got in on it before the greed at Malwarebytes set in, but I know others that have been left out in the rain by Malwarebytes and new customers that now must pay yearly because Malwarebytes is more concerned with their bottom line and not their end users. For this reason I do not promote Malwarebytes and never will.

  12. Marcin Kleczynski

    Ed, certainly not a play on words. It will be bundled into our other products which have a mix of both paid and free features.

    I’m glad you were able to get a lifetime license. I certainly don’t think charging $25/year is corporate greed. We have 350 engineers that need to feed their families, if you do the math on a lifetime license, you’d understand that I’d be putting my engineers out of jobs instead of in them. Those that bought a lifetime license were grandfathered in, we made that commitment to our users who supported us early on. If you think we have left others “in the rain” then I welcome them paying $100+ for a Symantec subscription. No need to get controversial, we help plenty of users each and everyday, those that would like to support us can, those that choose to not promote Malwarebytes are friends too!

  13. Ed

    2.2 million customers each paying at least $25+ a year for a 1 pc license= 55+ million dollars a year, your engineers must be paid very well.
    I just purchased a 5 pc lifetime license of Ruiwares WinAntiRansom Plus for a one time charge of $23 (with a discount coupon) all my updates and upgrades are good for life. I guess their engineers are starving but yet they can still put out just as good or even better product than Malwarebytes who may I add had to purchase CryptoMonitor just to get the code.
    Not being controversial, just using common sense and urging everyone else to do so.

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