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Malwarebytes has a consumer rating of 2.29 stars from 106 reviews indicating that most customers are generally dissatisfied with their purchases. Consumers complaining about Malwarebytes most frequently mention customer service, many years and tech support problems. Malwarebytes ranks 78th among Antivirus Software sites.

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Positive highlights

  • It is not an anti-virus program and does not provide real time protection.

Critical highlights

  • Your product isn't bad, your customer support and lack of business ethics are the problem.
  • I have been aware of Malwarebytes for ages and I bought premium version.
How would you rate Malwarebytes?
Top Positive Review

“Excellent Software, well worth it.”

Pablo M.

I have been a paid user for the last 2 years and it is definitely worth it. It has detected and blocked so many spyware/virus sites. I'm just glad I got it.

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Top Critical Review

“Malwarebytes Blows! I would give them a zero if I could.”

James M.

Nothing but problems when I loaded Malwarebytes on my home computer. Chrome crashed every time I brought it up and tried to do some work. I should have loaded malware itself on here and it would have done the same thing. Completely and utterly useless. Worse, trying to communicate with Malwarebytes the company is asking for more frustration! I just wanted to cancel my subscription and could not find a place to do it. An absolutely horrible experience.

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Reviews (106)




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1 review
1 helpful vote
June 11th, 2021

Nothing but problems when I loaded Malwarebytes on my home computer. Chrome crashed every time I brought it up and tried to do some work. I should have loaded malware itself on here and it would have done the same thing. Completely and utterly useless. Worse, trying to communicate with Malwarebytes the company is asking for more frustration! I just wanted to cancel my subscription and could not find a place to do it. An absolutely horrible experience.

Products used:
Malwarebytes Premium

1 review
0 helpful votes
December 8th, 2021

Great product completely destroyed by their complete lack of people skills and business ethics. Never ever download it. Is is not FREE, do not leave it on your pc even after the trail period ends. Malwarebytes claims that it breaches their EULA even when the 14 trail period expires. You will be charged with many of thousand of $ and with legal action. Its useless after its trail period cannot be used at all, but they still harass you, threaten you and insult you. They have very bad people working for them. Customer service is completely lost on them.

Products used:
Malwarebytes Business License

1 review
1 helpful vote
April 24th, 2021

Malwarebytes was installed on my computer by my repair tech when I took it in for an unrelated problem (dead power supply). He recommended it highly. However, it gobbled up 3 gig of my monthly 5 gig of data in a mere TWO WEEKS of premium service. I'm sure it's an excellent program for people with unlimited data plans and urban broadband who live on You-tube and streaming. But if you normally use very little data and pay based on use, this program will use more of your allowance than you do and is overkill for your risk exposure.

Tip for consumers:
Exactly what I wrote. The product is highly recommended by and for those who use large amounts of streaming and downloading. However for those with limited usage, it takes more than it gives.

Products used:
This is a software download and shipping doesn't apply. Charges are monthly like any other service. There is both a premium (paid) and a free version. I used the premium version on a 14-day trial and cancelled (deleted the entire program) because it was eating my bandwidth.

1 review
3 helpful votes
January 13th, 2021

While doing an update of Malwarebytes, the software allowed in all sorts of spam and pushing. Contacted Malwarebytes for help. Received a support ticket, and that was it. No customer contact or support. Requested my premium account be closed. They sent two downloads (no explanations, reasons). Download files and they went directly to file directories. First time to experience a download doing this; frightening. Still no contatc or customer support from Malwarebytes. Can not recommend this product.

Tip for consumers:
I can not recommend Malwarebytes.

3 reviews
15 helpful votes
October 12th, 2017

Downloaded this mainly to remove the bs comet. Yahoo extension malware. Absolute joke. Sure it scans, the same as any other "malware" software, but basically ends there. Only allowing a quarantine of alleged infections or warning, but won't activate the actual Web protection until actual purchase. Sorry, but I'm not forking over $40 for a scape ghost scan/protection "sampler". Show me that it actually works, and THEN maybe I'll purchase.

1 review
1 helpful vote
January 9th, 2020

I bought this stupid product. Could not sign in or register the KEY. Certainly not a friendly product. Wasted over an hour of my time.

1 review
2 helpful votes
March 18th, 2019
• Updated review

So after a few emails from support (*******@malwarebytes.com) I got this straightened out and I gave them the pft duh advice of putting support email on website for free. They thanked me, gave me a free year of MB and I got it all up and going again. All looks good now.

Malwarebytes has no support. Period
February 27th, 2019
• Previous review

Just paid another year but messed up email and now im screwed. No support number or email means i just wasted my money. I will never get this $#*! product again

1 review
0 helpful votes
November 10th, 2020

Been using Malwarebytes for many years. It's flagged the odd thing over the years.

The current software upgrade finished with the message "Restart now or it will automatically restart in 10 minutes".

Dear Malwarebytes, that is an unacceptable ultimatum.

7 reviews
48 helpful votes
August 28th, 2014

This is a legitimate site, i had tried it and have not uninstalled it since the day i got it

Tip for consumers:
good ware

2 reviews
1 helpful vote
December 29th, 2019

Horrible product. Constantly sends me on-screen reminders to install the latest version - every day all day. At first I tried to install the "latest" version but it still reminds me every day of another "newest" version. I even tried to check the box for automatic updates. I have notifications turned off and still constant interruptions to my day. Then it is almost impossible to find someone to contact about this issue. Took me 10 minutes searching just to find a form which probably will not be read by anyone. I dont have time for this.

1 review
3 helpful votes
September 17th, 2020

There was a time when Malwarebytes was the go-to save for most if not all spyware problems I had. For many years it saved me from windows 98 thru windows 7 bugs. It could even smash the ransomware hold on my system the handful of times I got it.

But that was many years ago.

Today I installed what is says after installation as " Premium Trial 4. 2. 1., even though all I wanted and downloaded was the "free version" option and wanted nothing to do with the Premium, thats how it installs anyway.

And it still like past few years versions not only never detects anything (like it used to) but it's become a pain with the forced trial of the Premium that you can no longer opt out of like in previous versions I tried. I check back about once a year or two to see if it's actually become a working program again but only the interface changes - - becoming more bloated & annoying every year.

I don't need another un-helpful program sitting on my pc constantly accessing the web all day. Go back to the old program and update it. For me it's just another useless program among the many that find nothing.

1 review
0 helpful votes
October 8th, 2021

Whatever you do, do not pay for premium service from Malwarebytes.
Accounts are auto-renewed with this auto-renew being frustratingly hard to turn off.
I have not used this product for years, yet have been continually charged. Again today I have made many attempts to cancel the auto-renewal to no avail. I have written to them to ask for assistance, so far I have been met with silence.
This is deceptive and deceitful behaviour.
As for the product itself? Any good antivirus product will work just as well.
From my experience I cannot stress enough. DO NOT PAY FOR A SUBSCRIPTION FOR THIS PRODUCT... I am disgusted and would give Malwarebytes a lot less than a one star rating if the option was available.

1 review
2 helpful votes
February 22nd, 2021

2-15-2020: Purchased Malwarebytes (5 computers) "plus" Privacy ref. # 1399XXXX. All is working well with no issues.

01-04-2021: I emailed tech support with a question saying my interned speed 85mpbs X 45mbps normal here. However, when privacy mode is activated the internet speed drops to 16mbps X 18mbps. I also sent an image of that. This generated ticket 3307XXXX. See below

01-05-2021: Tech support emailed a repair tool link. Directions were followed and it sent it was sent to tech support successfully.

01-21-2021: Support now emails asking what email address is the account under. I responded *******@xxxxxxx and sent image of paid subscription and activation key code.

01-29-2021: I receive an unexpected email from support ( Adam V.), I've gone ahead and cancelled your subscription and initiated a refund. (I went ballistic.)

Ever since 01-30-2021 I have replied in ref. To ticket xxxxxxxx 3 times asking. Why this Subscription was Cancelled and Refunded when that was never a requested.

This all started 01-04-2021 with a simple question, tech support later sends a repair tool, a few days later someone irresponsible terminates the account... WHY?

Today 02-11-2021 ticket xxxxxxxx is generated and previous tickets have never been resolved. Now you have loyal customer of many years dealing with Malwarebytes Support for SEVEN WEEKS, now a VERY irritated customer and today you send me a email about a damn news letter and you cannot locate and my account? I've already sent you twice … Paid Order Ref. # 1399xxxx.

59 reviews
1,445 helpful votes
February 26th, 2018

I actually kno little about the dot org one except it's in Canada, and Malwarebytes.com is in California. The later is the one I know and like, but this one has terrible reviews, and yet I see some of the same ones it Both Places!

That's the main reason for this review; to clue people that these two separate companies are being confused... And yes. COM has no phone customer service, but thru email I got fast and good service, while this. ORG one does, and from the reviews is useless.

Obviously they are Not the same, so check out Malwarebytes. COM, the one in California.

2 reviews
1 helpful vote
October 21st, 2019

I have been a paid user for the last 2 years and it is definitely worth it. It has detected and blocked so many spyware/virus sites. I'm just glad I got it.

1 review
10 helpful votes
January 16th, 2018

I purchased Malwarebytes Premium about 7 months ago. Lately, I keep getting a pop-up window every few minutes alerting me that Real Time Web Protection is turned off. However, I am unable to turn it back on! Now my computer has been compromised by a virus and will cost me about $250 to rectify! Of course, Malwarebytes does not have a telephone number for help. Hey, Malwarebytes: BYTE ME!

4 reviews
6 helpful votes
December 12th, 2012

Malwarebytes is a site that offers Anti-Malware software for cleaning up those little nasties that creep through. I have used the Free version of this software and always seems to get the PC running smoothly again after any hiccups.

8 reviews
4 helpful votes
May 14th, 2017

I have been using Malwarebytes for years. Used the free version for quite a few years, always with either Norton or MacFee. Put the free version on over 50 different laptops and desktops in my clients compters. Woried just fine for us.
I am running Norton Security Deluxe 2017 with Latest Malware bytes. Work great together. My Malware was just like Norton, both upgraded the older to the newer with no interaction from me.
I highly recommend this product.

2 reviews
13 helpful votes
January 28th, 2018

Wrangled with "Stew" over cancelling automatic renew.
Claimed he couldn't find my account.
Wanted the license number and key.
I deleted it and the program long ago.
The website as NO WAY to contact a real person.
EMAIL: *******@malwarebytes.com
It was a shot in the dark that paid off.
I reminded "Stew" I now had email evidence for my credit card company to cancel all future transaction attempts.
Suddenly he found my account.
Cancelled everything per my request.
Stay FAR away from this company.

1 review
4 helpful votes
June 23rd, 2013

The program is not a virus. It is truely a legit website and will help clean your computer from the fake ICE virus.

2 reviews
0 helpful votes
November 11th, 2018

It used to be amazing when it was on V2. Now it interferes too much. It locks you out of harmless websites for no reason and throws annoying pop-ups that also interfere whenever you're gaming or working.

1 review
14 helpful votes
April 18th, 2017

Full 2 weeks before my premium expired, they were constantly bombarding me with notices to renew - I did not want before it was time, not to loose the 2 weeks - so they switched off features such as updating, scans, and who knows what else - eventually I had to download a free version for 2 weeks (they promise a 30 day trial period! But get only 14 days! - an other one contravening the trade description act!) to be protected;
Needless to say am now buying an other make! I'd give it zero if I could.

1 review
2 helpful votes
April 24th, 2017

I have pre-paid Premium version for a two year period.
What I dislike (read - HATE) is the fact that when I end up on a website that they deemed "unsafe", I have to jump through loops and hoops to give myself access to that site since I know for a fact that is safe!
All we need is button that after a warning, allows us to continue to that website because that what we want not prevent us regardless because that what you think needs to happen!
Overall the paid version is ok. Would I renew my subscription? NO WAY IN HELL!

1 review
8 helpful votes
March 16th, 2017

Has become a problem product. Protection layers always shutting off. The worst thing they did was to eliminate the free standing product (discs). When I installed the discs, I had no problem, but since using the up-to-date version from download, I have had nothing but problems. Tech support suggests things, but it doesn't resolve issues.

1 review
0 helpful votes
January 29th, 2018

Any Issue gets fixed pretty much immediately. Today a false positive made the application over use the memory, swiftly fixed.

Q&A (27)


If you get an email eluding to something you've done on your computer, then YES. If you have Windows, go to task manager, go to the Processes tab and read every line. Look for a suspicious process (unsigned) running on your computer. Google Search anything you don't understand, or are unfamiliar with.

By Nan M.

MalwareBytes is installing Windows 10 files in to incompatible Systems. If you HAVE Windows 10, and still get hosed, please let me know. Thanks. Nan

By Nan M.

RE: my previous question. I checked again and my Malwarebytes Premium 3.0 states on the icon "Its disabled."...

By Suzanne S.

Download=Malwarebytes anti-rootkit remover and run it once it clears the infection install=Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit -powerlinks infection is a powerful trojan not easy to remove.

By duncan l.

I had all the similar problems as you 2 years ago, the company was going through a complete change over, don't drop this company as they are the tops in the country for what they do, I can send you the company Techs e-mails to me that walked me through the very same problems and she fixed it, yea, I know, been to the "India" thing too, you don't need to go there trust me on that one, stay clear of that. If you want that fix, here's my e-mail address and give me yours plus your exact problem and I'll send you the very same e-mails I got that got me all squared away, I've had no problems for 2 years now. My e-mail is tonydeleano@cox.net I'll see if I can help you.

By tony d.

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