Malwarebytes 3: You might need to manually upgrade
On December 8th of this year, Malwarebytes version 3.0 was released.
I saw the news, and waited for the automatic upgrade since I have the paid version.
Well, today, I realized I’m still waiting… With the holidays here, I had forgotten all about it.
If you have a license, you’ll want to upgrade ASAP since the new version has some rather nice improvements.
Not to worry: It’s pretty easy!
What’s new in 3.0
As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of Malwarebytes. It’s simply the best I’ve found when it comes to removing the baddies with the least amount of pain, suffering, and no perceivable performance hit when it’s keeping my puter safe.
Version 3.0 comes with lots of nice new toys and improvements, such as:
- Added signature-less anti-exploit and anti-ransomware protection (Premium only)
- Up to 4x faster scan speeds, including even quicker Hyper Scans
- Removed non-essential reboots after certain malware removal events
- Advanced Heuristic Engine (Shuriken) now enabled by default
- Self-Protection now enabled by default (Premium only)
- Redesigned user interface for improved usability
- Now configurable to integrate with Windows Action Center / Windows Security Center (Premium only)
- Update checks are done automatically so they do not need to be scheduled
Now, the big ones here are faster scan speeds, no more reboots to remove malware unless it’s totally necessary, and the new user interface.
Scan speeds: They say 4X faster. A full scan of my puter used to take 12-13 minutes. Now it takes 4 minutes. So, I’m seeing 3X faster. Still, that’s WAAAAY faster. Thumbs up!
Reboots: Thank god!
New UI: Yup, the new user interface is simpler, more intuitive, and more sensible. All the settings are now on one “screen”, with tabs for different groups of settings. Pretty nice.
How do I get the new version?
Well, theoretically, you should get it automagically. As I said, I have the paid version, and I still haven’t gotten an upgrade notification.
Now, it’s possible they’re rolling it out slowly to people, but the latest version of Malwarebytes is already at 3.0.5, so I was all like, “WTH, peeps?”
In the FAQ section of their announcement for version 3, Malwarebytes notes:
I’m an existing subscriber of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. How much do I have to pay?
You don’t have to pay anything extra. Even though Malwarebytes 3.0 sells for $39.99, we are grandfathering ALL our existing customers at their original price. So if your subscription is currently $24.95, that is the price it will remain at, and you can get Malwarebytes 3.0 without having to pay anything extra. Your existing license key will work automatically with Malwarebytes 3.0.
I have a Malwarebytes Anti-Malware lifetime license. Will it work for Malwarebytes 3.0?
Yes! Simply install Malwarebytes 3.0 on top of your Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and your lifetime license will automatically apply to Malwarebytes 3.0.
So, I just went to the Malwarebytes.com homepage, and clicked the Free Download button. Then, I ran the installer. DONE! It recognized my lifetime license and everything – didn’t even need to reboot!
It also kept all my settings exactly the same, so it’s really a no-brainer: Download, install, carry on.