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Malwarebytes questions poor showing in anti-malware protection-evaluation lab testing

Ellen Messmer | July 25, 2014
Dennis Technology Labs says it tested it because of marketing claims for it; Malwarebytes says free version of product is just a clean-up tool.

Edwards says Malwarebytes, learning of the upcoming DTL report, contacted him to express concern that their free cleanup tool was put up against free and commercial anti-malware products that have more protection features. Edwards contends his purpose was simply testing Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free against the claims currently found on the Malwarebytes website, namely that it is a "detection and removal tool." But in the discussion with Malwarebytes, Edwards said he did agree to add a few comments to the report to clarify things.

The added remarks to the DTL test report say: "This test is designed to measure the overall protection provided by anti-malware products. It allows the products to use any and all layers of available protection to block or neutralize web-based threats. The Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free product is designed to clean up infections after they occur and not to prevent them from occurring. As such, it is never going to be able to score as strongly as products that include real-time protection and/or malicious website blocking. This type of protection is included in the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium product, which requires a license that costs money."


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