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Is Malwarebytes safe?

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If you are into cybersecurity, you must have heard about Malwarebytes. It is an anti-malware software that protects your computer or mobile from malicious cyber threats.

But is Malwarebytes safe to use? How does it compare with other anti-virus software? In this article, we will deal with these questions so that by the end, you can get a clear answer to your questions.

What is Malwarebytes?

Malwarebytes is an anti-malware and security software developed by Malwarebytes Inc. It was released in 2006, and since then, it has been among the best anti-malware software in the industry and is trusted by many.

Malwarebytes Inc. was founded in 2004 by Marcin Kleczynski. The company has headquarters all around the world, including California, Florida, Ireland, Estonia, Australia, Italy, and Spain, among others.

The software has been a hit among users, with the company claiming that about 60,000 Malwarebytes installations occur per day and about 225 million scans happen per month. Moreover, the software detects and blocks about 95 million threats every day.

Malwarebytes offers an impressive product list, including both free and subscription-based services — Malwarebytes Free and Premium, Malwarebytes for Teams, Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection, and Malwarebytes Browser Guard.

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Is Malwarebytes safe?

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Yes, Malwarebytes is safe and legitimate software. But there’s a caveat.

It is only safe if you download it from the official website or any authorised app store such as Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

When you download Malwarebytes from any third-party website, you may get fake or malware-laden software that may be harmful to your device.

Malwarebytes indicate in their privacy policy that they collect two types of information: personal and non-personal.

Personal information includes your name and other information that can be used to identify you, such as contact details, IP addresses, business or company size, mailing address, and email, among others.

On the other hand, non-personal information is information that has been modified with other data to make it non-personal. This includes browser type, ISP, operating system information, and metadata, among others.

Apart from that, the company also collects the following data:

  • User-agent string
  • GeoIP data
  • Functional data
  • Client data
  • Machine identification data
  • License data
  • Malware and PUP data
  • Trial data
  • Exploit data

The information collected is used for providing quality service, troubleshooting issues, and statistics generation. Malwarebytes does not sell your data to third parties.

“Malwarebytes, including billing and collections; to improve our products and services, including malware research, as well as our websites and present content to you; to market new and existing products to you; and as otherwise described to you when collecting your personal information or as otherwise allowed by applicable law,” states the privacy policy of Malwarebytes.

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Pros and cons of using Malwarebytes

Here are the pros and cons of using Malwarebytes:


  • It is one of the best anti-malware in the industry right now.
  • Easy-to-use interface.
  • Lightweight.
  • A variety of products for different users.
  • Free 14-day trial.


  • May not provide real-time protection once the free trial ends.
  • Can clash with other antivirus software.
  • May generate false positives.

In conclusion, Malwarebytes is a safe and reliable anti-malware software that you can go for. If you face any problem, you can talk to the customer support and resolve it.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: