Malwarebytes Aims to Replace Antivirus with Its New Version

Malwarebytes' flagship product combines advanced heuristic threat detection with signature-less technologies to detect and stop a cyberattack before damage occurs.

There is a growing set of security industry people who are becoming more and more vocal about conventional antivirus software, saying that most of it is obsolete and worthless.

Well, of course that's debatable, and one must remember that self-serving motives often fall into play during discussions like that, so potential security buyers should look past it and buy what they think they need to buy anyway.

Now we move to news from Malwarebytes, which provides what it claims to be advanced malware prevention and remediation. It recently released Malwarebytes 3.0, something it calls a "next-generation replacement for antivirus ware."

So perhaps this could be called anti-malware ware. Malwarebytes' flagship product combines advanced heuristic threat detection with signature-less technologies to detect and stop a cyberattack before damage occurs.

Malwarebytes 3.0, released Dec. 8, employs four independent technology modules—anti-malware, anti-ransomware, anti-exploit, and malicious website protection—to block and remove both known and unknown threats, the company said. The anti-ransomware and anti-exploit modules employ signature-less technology so users are protected from advanced threats that are not yet known to traditional antivirus research labs.

The solution also scans four times faster than its predecessor, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, the company said.

"With Malwarebytes 3.0, we are introducing a new generation of computer security," CEO Marcin Kleczynski said. "We built the solution with the understanding that combining proactive and signature-less technologies with traditional heuristics is the most effective way of protecting users."

According to the FBI, cyber-extortion losses have skyrocketed, with ransomware on track to become a $1 billion-a-year crime racket. Malwarebytes 3.0 is designed to block malware, ransomware, exploits and other advanced threats that antivirus isn’t smart enough to stop, Kleczynski said.

Malwarebytes said it will introduce an enterprise version of Malwarebytes 3.0 in 2017.

Malwarebytes has more than 10,000 customers worldwide. For more information, go here.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK, responsible in large part for the publication's coverage areas. In his 12 years and more than 3,900 stories at eWEEK, he has...