Release History

A complete history of product changes, updates, and fixes

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium

2.0.2 (May 20, 2014)

Improvements

  • Changed some of the terminology used in scan results and scan logs to make them clearer
  • Enabling or disabling self-protection should now be more responsive under most circumstances
  • Each language name is now listed in its native tongue rather than being translated to make switching languages easier
  • Blank window is no longer observed flashing on screen during startup and shut down of system when Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is running in the tray on Windows Vista and newer operating systems

Issues Fixed

  • Several crashes and BSOD issues fixed with rootkit scanning
  • Scan speed improved with rootkit scanning enabled under some circumstances
  • Rootkit scans should no longer hang indefinitely under certain conditions
  • Compatibility issues with certain VPN client software fixed
  • Protection no longer fails to start after upgrade under some circumstances when self-protection is active prior to upgrading
  • Entire General Settings tab now responds to clicks correctly
  • Several issues with Access Policy restrictions not restricting access as they should
  • Editing the Access Policy password no longer results in restricted areas of the software being inaccessible when the correct password is entered
  • Access Policy feature now functions when Bitdefender Total Security is installed
  • Manual scan of individual files and folders using context menu scan feature in Explorer no longer results in the scan failing to run under certain circumstances
  • Green checkmark status is no longer indicated when Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is unable to reach update servers when attempting to update
  • Text is no longer cutoff in the UI on Windows XP or when the 'Classic' theme is used on Windows 7
  • Scan time is now reflected accurately at the end of a scan
  • Quarantined objects remain listed correctly in Limited User Accounts when restoration of an object fails due to lack of permissions
  • Some words in UI which were not translated into non-English languages now are when those languages are selected
  • Driver left behind during uninstallation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is now removed as it should be when the product is uninstalled

2.0.1 (April 04, 2014)

Improvements

  • Database is now updated automatically after installation
  • Notifications are no longer displayed if the Dashboard is in focus to reduce redundant information
  • Significantly reduced the size of all tray notifications
  • Reduced the intensity of the colors used for tray notifications and status banners in the Dashboard
  • Database out of date and scan has never been run notifications now reduced in severity to orange instead of red

Issues Fixed

  • All scheduled scans should now run without popping up the main UI so that users are not interrupted

2.0 (March 24, 2014)

Changes

  • Completely redesigned user interface to make the product easier to use, more informative, and providing quicker access to key functionality
  • Quick Scan has been renamed to Threat Scan, our recommended scan type
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit integrated into the scanner (available under Detection Settings)
  • Malwarebytes Chameleon driver integrated to provide self-protection for the Premium version (available under Advanced Settings)
  • Enhanced version of Malicious Website Protection for Windows Vista SP2 and above (better performance, added ability to exclude processes such as BitTorrent clients from Malicious Website Protection, ability to manually exclude IP addresses and individual URLs/websites by domain name)
  • Native x64 system location scanning, detection and malware removal
  • Substantial improvements to core detection and removal technology

Issues Fixed

  • Performance issues when streaming audio on Vista SP2 and newer when using Malicious Website Protection should now be resolved

1.75 (April 9, 2013)

Changes

  • Added ability to scan within archives

1.70 (Dec. 27, 2012)

Changes

  • New program logo and icons
  • Heuristics for 0-day exploit detection now implemented in protection module for PRO version
  • Threats detected by the protection module are now quarantined automatically by default
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware now shows Windows 8 START screen notifications
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware now identified in scan logs, registry and About tab
  • More Tools tab enhanced with tons of new content and more to come in the future
  • Option to allow a threat to run temporarily (Allow Temporarily) added to filesystem protection prompts
  • Option to add a detected item to the Ignore List (Allow Always) added to filesystem protection prompts
  • Heuristics for detecting new and unknown threats improved
  • Scanner efficiency improved
  • Microsoft Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 now identified correctly in scan logs
  • Help file updated to include information on new features
  • Better compatibility with many other security products in realtime
  • Minor issue with password creation from CLI fixed

1.65.1 (Oct. 17, 2012)

Changes

  • Upgrading from a previous version on Windows Vista or Windows 7 may sometimes result in the protection module starting with a delay. (Fixed)
  • The protection module does not start with Windows under under certain conditions. (Fixed)
  • Scans sometimes complete prematurely. (Fixed)

1.65 (Sept. 10, 2012)

Changes

  • Implemented comprehensive APIs for controlling settings and configuration for Business customers
  • Added ability to import/export settings for Business customers
  • "Exit" option now removed from the tray when 'limitedusermode' is enabled for Business customers
  • Future versions will be able to upgrade without requiring a reboot after installation
  • Protection module now controllable for the entire machine instead of being limited to individual user accounts
  • Filesystem Blocking and Website Blocking can be enabled or disabled separately via the Protection tab
  • Protection logs now show when malicious file execution blocking is enabled or disabled
  • Realtime protection may now be cleanly terminated via the 'Exit' option in the tray without leaving any running processes
  • Japanese language support added
  • Malwarebytes Chameleon enhanced to be even more effective against the latest threats
  • Realtime protection now starts much faster on Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Eliminated performance issues caused by database updates and Ignore List manipulation on Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Pop-ups for threats detected by realtime protection cannot be minimized
  • All registry settings are now stored under HKLM
  • Saving logs to custom locations after scans now works correctly
  • Context menu setting is now honored correctly after performing a program upgrade
  • Users who have previously completed the trial will not be prompted to start the trial upon upgrade or reinstallation
  • Dates and times of items listed in the Quarantine are now displayed correctly

1.62 (July 11 , 2012)

Changes

  • New advanced program updater improves upgrade speed and reduces needed bandwidth.
  • Enhanced Chameleon (v1.61) technologies to handle the latest threats.
  • Simplified PRO trial option in the installer.
  • Installation wizard now includes more information and guidance.
  • Streamlined and optimized database update module.
  • Updated System Requirements.
  • Logs enhanced to show drives and paths scanned.
  • Fixed bug with scheduled scans.
  • Korean language now displayed correctly in language drop down menu.

1.61 (April 9 , 2012)

Changes

  • Up to 25% faster Quick scans for 64-bit operating systems.
  • Chameleon usability enhancements.
  • Enhanced reliability of program updates with additional security checks.
  • Password command line enhancements (paid version only).
  • Scheduled scan logs now include accurate protection status.
  • Context menu 'Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware' now displays in selected language.

1.60.1 (Jan. 30, 2012)

Changes

  • Fixed issue resulting in freezes in certain third-party security products on Windows XP.
  • Fixed issue where ignore list was not reloaded after a database update.
  • Fixed issue where certain malformed ignore list data would result in a mbamcore.dll crash.
  • Fixed issue where desktop icon was not created on certain upgrade installations.
  • Fixed issues with Dutch, Belarusian, and Korean language files.
  • Added Greek language file.

1.60 (Dec. 27, 2011)

Changes

  • Malwarebytes Chameleon technology gets Malwarebytes Anti-Malware running even when blocked by infection.
  • Incremental updates (paid version only).
  • Ability to password protect key program settings (paid version only).
  • Improved reliability and performance of the update process.
  • Detection and removal engine enhancements.
  • System tray icon now dynamically displays selected language.
  • Settings for Protection Module behavior can be changed without protection being active.
  • Improved DOR (Delete On Reboot) technology to enhance threat removal process.
  • Restructured log formats to include greater detail on system information and detected threats.
  • Improved error messages to make them more user friendly.
  • Scheduled updates now occur within 15 minutes of scheduled time.
  • Custom log locations now displayed in Logs tab.
  • Protection logs can be saved in custom locations.
  • Program version release date now displayed on About tab.
  • Fix for database not updating properly on Czech installations of Microsoft Windows.
  • Fix for certain scenarios where scans failed to complete.

1.51.2 (Sep. 12, 2011)

Changes

  • Internal bugfixes.

1.51.1 (July 14, 2011)

Changes

  • Fixed minor updating issues.
  • Fixed issue with trials expiring too early.
  • Fixed GUI language bugs.
  • Fixed issue where Ignore List was not honored by the Protection Module.
  • Fixed issue where limited users were prompted to update an outdated database.

1.51 (May 31st, 2011)

Changes

  • Scheduling has been simplified, including relocation of scheduler.
  • Website Blocking is now disabled when protection is turned off.
  • Logs are sorted by date automatically.
  • Updating is now much more efficient.
  • All HKCU settings can now be set in HKLM to override user settings.
  • Protection module now more efficient in terms of I/O read bytes.
  • 14-day trial of the PRO version is now available. This is optional to all users.
  • Scheduler now has an edit button.
  • User is now notified of program updates awaiting installation.
  • Fixed ignore list not working for default registry data, i.e. for Broken.OpenCommand.
  • Add to ignore list menu item is now left enabled if show tooltip balloon is unchecked.
  • User is now able to update from the system tray even if the scanner is open.
  • Fixed full scan drive list updating issue.
  • Fixed issue with protection module not honoring ignore list after an item is restored from the quarantined.
  • Date format on update tab is now the same as the system tray.

1.50 (Nov. 29, 2010)

Changes

  • Dramatically improved scan speed: up to 5 times faster.
  • Dramatically improved stability of both the scanner and protection module (paid version only).
  • More responsive: program loads up to 3 times faster, and protection module has lower impact on system resources (paid version only).
  • New internal detection algorithms enable detection of more real-world malware.
  • You can now add files and folders to the ignore list manually.
  • Ability to schedule and unschedule scans and updates from the command line (paid version only).
  • Notifications of blocked malicious websites now include additional details such as type, port, and process on Windows Vista and higher.
  • Ability to include or exclude potentially unwanted programs (PUP), potentially unwanted system modifications (PUM), and peer-to-peer software (P2P) from scans and protection module detections.
  • Dramatically improved flash scan (paid version only) -- designed to determine whether a more in-depth scan is needed, in less than 10 seconds on many machines.
  • One-touch easy-to-use option to keep protection up-to-date automatically (paid version only).
  • "Warn if database is outdated by:" option now warns if the database is far out-of-date (7 days by default), including for protection (paid version only).
  • Ability to scan system startup locations for improved detection and to target persistent malware that may be obstructing removal.
  • Right-click context menu scans now use heuristics.
  • Improved compatibility with antivirus software.
  • Fixed issue with "Recover if missed by" setting in scheduler not working correctly on Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
  • Fixed issue with "Recover if missed by" setting in scheduler not working for scans and updates scheduled to run 'Once'.
  • Fixed issue with Heuristics.Shuriken causing the program to freeze or crash.
  • Fixed issue with certain infections going undetected by the protection module in 64-bit Windows versions.
  • Fixed issue with silent scans not creating logs in certain scenarios.

1.46 (April 29, 2010)

Changes

  • Improved database loading speed by approximately 15%.
  • Drastically improved performance of Website Blocking on Windows Vista and 7.
  • Fixed various scheduler compatibility issues on Windows 2000.
  • Fixed issue with quotations around paths passed to /logtofile and /logtofolder.
  • Fixed issue with detecting certain leftover traces of an infection.
  • Fixed issue with freeze when adding a shared printer on the network.

1.45 (March 29, 2010)

Changes

  • Added new scheduling engine for our customers featuring realtime updating, more finely-grained scheduled scanning/updating, and a streamlined interface.
  • Added new flash scanning option which searches for malicious objects in memory and load point locations.
  • Added compatibility with Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for our corporate customers.
  • Added a brand new advanced heuristics detection module named Shuriken that will be integrated into both scanner and protection module.
  • Integrated website blocking options and other customizable policies into the main program interface.
  • Heavily improved command line interface allowing customers to scan and remove automatically and silently.
  • Heavily improved updating module which should solve various updating issues. Also added full proxy support including authentication and integration into the GUI.
  • Fixed a large number of various issues and enhanced overall stability of the scanner and protection module.

1.44 (Jan 7, 2010)

Changes

  • Fixed minor issue with /runupdate displaying dialogs on errors.
  • Fixed saving bug report to initial directory failing silently.
  • Fixed issue with protection module not starting on Windows 2000.
  • Censored license key on About tab.
  • Fixed protection module leaking memory on certain machine configurations.
  • Added new command line parameter: /errorsilent (see help file).

1.43 (Dec 30, 2009)

Changes

  • Fixed minor issue with crash during scans.
  • Fixed minor issues with 704 (0, 0) errors.
  • Fixed problems with memory usage spiking in protection module.
  • Fixed problems detecting certain types of malicious software.
  • Added support for Belarusian language.

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium

1.04.1.1012 (Sept 04, 2014)

New Features

• Added various new layer 1 and layer 2 detection techniques
• Improved various aspects of installation and automatic upgrades
• Improved UI to make it easier to activate Premium
• Improved threat information telemetry
• Improved shields to prevent slowdowns and FPs in desktop-based applications
• Fixed FP with Excel addon
• Fixed bug executing Desktop shortcut after install
• Updated hooking framework

1.03.1.1220 (June 12, 2014)

New Features

• Added new protection techniques for "Operating System Security Bypass Protection" Layer
• Added new protection techniques for "Application Behavior Protection" Layer
• Added ability to enable or disable pre-determined shields
• Added ability to manage (add/delete) custom shields
• Added visual distinction in traybar icon between started and stopped
• Added visual distinction between pre-determined, custom and CLI shields
• Added automatic upgrades to newer versions
• Added distinction between Free and Premium based on license key
• Free version protects browsers, browser add-ons and Java
• Premium version includes all shields and custom shields management
• Improved application termination when an exploit is blocked
• Improved optimizations results in reduced size of MBAE.EXE by 3.5 times
• Changed MBAE logs directory to %AllUsersProfile%\Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit
• Updated end user license agreement
• Fixed bug with GUI flashing for a second before minimizing to traybar
• Fixed bug with certain API hooks
• Fixed bug with unshielding right after installation
• Fixed false positive when playing DVDs in Windows Media Player

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile

1.04.3 (Aug 25, 2014)

Changes

  • Ability to detect spy phone applications on the device (New Feature)
  • Fixed database update issue
  • Fixed Heart bleed vulnerability issue. ( Updated open SSL version )
  • Post 1.04 bug fixes

1.04.1 (May 21, 2014)

Improvements

  • Ability to turn of Scan Archive option

Improvements

  • Bug fixes around scanning ZIP files
  • Bug fixes around translations
  • Fixes around scanning files and apps across Nokia X phones

1.04 (May 5, 2014)

New Feature

  • Added support for German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Russian
  • Added ability to display the associated default languages (French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Russian) without changing the language via the app
  • Added ability to scan archived files and files stored on an external SD card
  • Added ability to scan after reboot

1.03 (Mar 3, 2014)

New Feature

  • Added Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) detection.
  • Added ability to share the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile application.
  • Added ability to schedule updates over a WiFi network to reduce data usage.
  • Added French version.
  • Resolved minor bugs

1.02 (Dec 28, 2013)

New Feature

  • Application notification settings can be changed independently of real-time protection activation.

Known Issues

  • Various minor bugs from v1.0 and v1.1 addressed.

1.01 (Nov 22, 2013)

Changes

  • User is now able to turn on/off real-time protection
  • User is able to set Malwarebytes notification icon to "off", "on", or "greyscale"
  • User is able to display/hide the following notifications on the notification tray:
    • Scan progress
    • Scan result
    • Database update
    • Scheduled scans
  • User is now able to download MBAM Mobile from Amazon Store
  • Removed unnecessary hockeyapp API calls
  • Support added for Kindle Fire Devices
  • Real-time app scanner now doesn't consume CPU resources during time when screen is off
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Database updated

Malwarebytes Secure Backup

1.3 (Mar. 24, 2014)

New features

  • Support of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0
  • File duplication
  • Retention policies for CSV reports

Changes

  • Scanner scans hidden folders
  • Recovery including original path logic is changed

1.2 (Sept. 13, 2013)

Changes

  • Version naming
  • 128-bit SSL supprt
  • File-level backup reports
  • Speed display imrpovement