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Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium Review

by February 16, 2016

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium Review

Everyone should use and have a reliable signature-based antivirus application for protecting the computer from viruses and other harmful and malicious programs. However, it is not enough to have only one security application installed on the system for thorough and complete protection against the latest exploits, i.e. against so-called zero-day threats. You need a special application which will help you to secure your computer against them.

It is no secret that the most popular applications are very vulnerable and hackers try to detect and find any security holes in them. Unfortunately, those security holes a main cause of the system infection with malware. So called exploit viruses detect these vulnerabilities to attack the computer and infect it. For protecting the computer against these exploit threats, the well-known and popular software company Malwarebytes has developed a special application called Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit.

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is a reliable solution for protecting your system against so called exploits that use the zero-day vulnerabilities to penetrate the system. It protects all basic applications on your system from known and even unknown exploits without the need for configurations and constant signature updates. The program uses an innovative and advanced technology called Zero Vulnerability Lab for protecting the computer and preventing penetration of malicious exploits into the system.

Download and Installation- Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is available for download from the official website; it is very small; just 2 MB in size. Unfortunately, it currently supports only one language- English. I hope that the developers will add more languages soon because Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is an extremely useful and necessary application for everyone.

The program is offered in two different versions- Free and Premium. The free version protects or shields only browsers and their add-ons and Java while the premium one offers more advanced features, for example, you have the possibility to shield PDF readers (i.e. Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, and so on), Office applications (i.e. Microsoft Office, Open Office, and so on), Media players (i.e. Microsoft Windows player, Winamp player, and so on). In addition, you can add any other applications and manage them.

During the installation process, the program allows you to activate the trial premium version and try all its great features for two weeks.

The installation procedure is very easy because it is performed with the help of a special installation wizard. All you need is to select the installation language (unfortunately, currently you can select only one language- English), accept the terms of the license agreement and finally choose the destination location. That is all. Now you will be free from exploit viruses.

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The Interface of the Program- the user interface of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is conveniently designed and it is very easy to use. It has got so called tabbed interface, i.e. all features and tools are distributed among several tabs. There are six different tabs in the program; they are as follows:

General- it is a main and initial tab of the program; it shows short statistics, i.e. how many applications are protected or shielded, how many exploits are blocked or neutralized, and so on. Via this tab you can also stop protection or close the program.

General tab

Shields- in this tab you will find all those applications which are protected by the program by default or add your own ones.

Shields Tab

Logs- this tab displays a list of actions performed by the program. You can view the date of performed action, a short description about the blocked exploit, the file path and hash. You have the possibility to clear the file or exclude it from the further blocking if you think that it is not malicious.

Exclusion- in this tab there are details about files which are excluded from anti-exploit testing.

Settings- some configuration settings of the program can be found in this tab.

Settings Tab

About- this tab provides you with info about Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit; here you can view the license ID and links to the official website and support forum.

The Main Features of the Program- in my opinion, unlike other security applications which have got a lot of complicated settings, options and configurations, the main advantage of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is its simplicity and easiness in use. The program does not require difficult configuration settings, signature updates. All you need is to install it and the program will start immediate protection of the system from the security threats silently in the background without disturbing you. It is very light on system resources (it only consumes about 3 MB of memory resources) and compatible with other installed antivirus applications.

No other anti-exploit applications offer such a wide range of possibilities as Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. Thanks to advanced and innovative technologies, it gives you four premium defensive layers of protection. The first layer of protection monitors any attempts to bypass system protection and prevents malicious data execution (so called DEP technology; short for Data Execution Prevention). The second layer performs memory monitoring and prevents exploit code execution in the system memory. The third layer blocks attacks which are aimed at the protected applications monitored and protected by Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. And, finally, the fourth layer analyzes the behavior of the programs and blocks them if anything suspicious is found.

Shields- a lot of different applications are under the constant protective shield of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. All these programs can be divided into five categories:

Browsers- all major and popular browsers are supported by the program, i.e. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and others.

Media Players- i.e. Windows Media Player, Quick Time and VLC player.

Browser components- i.e. Java, Adobe reader, flash and shockwave. All other browser add-ons are also supported by Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit.

Applications- i.e. Microsoft Excel, Power Point and Word, LibreOffice and OpenOffice.

PDF readers- currently the program supports the following PDF readers- Adobe Acrobat reader, Adobe Acrobat pro and Foxit reader.

It should be noted that browsers and browser components are available in the free version; all others only in the premium version.

In addition, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit allows you to add any installed applications and protect or shield them. It is a very easy task; all you need is to specify the application name, the path to the executable file and one of six profiles, for example, browsers, media players, and so on. After adding the application, it will be under the protective shield of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit and invulnerable to exploits.

Settings- the main advantage of the program is that it does not need any advanced settings and configurations. Just install it and it will start working and doing its job. Anyway, there are several options which can be applied to the program. In the Settings tab you can perform the following actions, for example, you have the possibility to submit drive-by exploit URLs and files anonymously, automatically upgrade the program to the new version, and some others.

If you need to apply more advanced protective options, you can easily do that by clicking on “Advanced Settings’ button. It allows you to configure four different protection layers of the program. The advanced settings window is divided into four tabs; they are as follows:

Application Hardening- this tab allows you to disable or enable, for example, Internet Explorer VB script, detection of Anti-Exploit fingerprinting attempts, and so on.

OS Bypass Protection- in this tab you have the possibility to control those exploit elements which try to penetrate into the operating system and infect them. Here you can configure, for example, DEP bypass protection, memory patch hijacking protection, stack pivoting protection and some others.

Advanced Memory Protection- it is very important to protect your system memory elements because they are very vulnerable to virus attacks. Here you can configure only one option, i.e. malicious return address detection.

Application Behavior Protection- there are several options at your disposal in this tab. You can configure Java protection (for example, Java malicious inbound shall protection, and so on) and malicious load library protection, etc.

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System Requirements

Windows XP- Windows 10 (both 32 and 64-bit versions)

800 MHz CPU or faster

1024 MB of RAM

10 MB of free hard disk space.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, a lot of virus attacks on the Windows operating system are performed using so called exploits which detect vulnerabilities in the system and easily infect the computer. So, it is very important, more than that, crucial to protect PC against them. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is just that application which will help you to manage this very difficult task. Thanks to innovative and advanced technologies, you can protect the most vulnerable applications from being infected. The program supports all popular browsers and the most used applications such as Acrobat reader, Microsoft Office suite, and so on.

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is very easy to use; there are no complicated settings, no signature updates. All these things make the program an indispensable tool for protecting the computer against exploits.

 

 

Pros

1. Very easy to use.
2. It protects browsers and the most popular programs from exploits.
3. Very light on the system resources.

Cons

Only one language is supported.

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“Comprehensive exploit protection for browsers and applications.”

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