Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.00 first public beta released
Malwarebytes has released the first public beta of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.00, the latest incarnation of its popular security tool.
The first change you’ll notice is the interface, which has been revamped for a more modern look. An opening “dashboard” displays your protection level, licence details, database version, scan and real-time protection status. You can update the program or launch a scan with a click, while “Scan”, “Settings” and “History” tabs provide more details and control.
Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit and Malwarebytes Chameleon are now integrated with Anti-Malware. They’re turned off by default, but can be quickly enabled from Settings (click Detection and Protection, check “Scan for rootkits”; click “Advanced Settings”, check “Enable self-protection module”).
Malwarebytes says an enhanced Malicious Website Protection offers improved performance and finer control of its actions (you can exclude processes such as BitTorrent clients, as well as IP addresses and URLs or domains from the system).
The new release also gains native x64 system location scanning, while the program has reportedly seen significant improvements in its detection and removal technology.
Malwarebytes has provided a temporary licence key for the duration of the beta.
Please note, the company also says that, if you’re running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO or the free Trial, you should uninstall it and reboot before installing the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.00 beta.
UPDATE March 21 2014: if you want to purchase a lifetime Anti-Malware PRO license code, remember to do so before v2 is officially released. From v2, Malwarebytes will move to a yearly subscription license. See our latest news story for more information.