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malwarebytes anti-exploit: is the free version good enough?


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#1 bob n steve

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 06:27 AM

i am a rather unsophisticated computer user.  through this forum, i have become educated enough to use malwarebytes premium and emsisoft anti-malware software for my security needs.  i recently came across malwarebytes anti-exploit, and because i heard horror stories about computer being hijacked for ransom, i downloaded the free 14-day premium trial.  my free time is almost up.  so here's my question:

 

is it smart practice to buy the premium, just in case?  or is the free version good enough for a casual computer user.  i never play games, don't watch movies or download music.  so what would be the benefit of paying $30 for a year's premium subscription?

 

don't get me wrong--i am more than happy to spend $30 if it is smart.  but why do so if it is unnecessary....

 

thank you all for your past help, and for your thoughts on this....

 

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 06:40 AM

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit (MBAE) is an action level security application (behavior based) that runs in the background as a standard Windows Service. MBAE continuously monitors popular applications, preventing vulnerabilities in software and browsers from being exploited, blocks unknown and known exploit kits, proactively preventing the exploit from installing its payload before it can do damage. MBAE provides realtime protection against the malicious action of exploiting software vulnerabilities, blocks zero-day exploits that target browser and application vulnerabilities, blocks exploit kits and defends against drive-by download attacks.

MBAE provides four layers of exploit protection to include application hardening, protection against Operating System security bypasses, memory caller protection, and application behavior protection...meaning it will protect against code execution that uses a certain vulnerability in an application, stop memory calls, sandbox escapes, and memory mitigation bypasses.MBAE protects the following applications: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Java. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium protects Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), LibreOffice, and OpenOffice, Windows Media Player, VLC Media Player, Winamp Player, and QuickTime Player. The Premium version also includes the ability to easily add/manage custom shields to protect other applications as well.
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Posted 07 September 2016 - 06:44 AM

Hi:

 

The Free version protects most popular browsers and plug-ins, such as Java.

That covers the most common sources of exploits and suffices for many/most users.

 

The Premium version shields less common browsers, PDF readers, "Office" type applications and other programs by default; it can also be configured to shield email clients and ~any internet-facing application.

 

So it depends on your computing practices, risk tolerance, budget and other security strategies.  It's up to you.

 

More details about default shields in the Free version here: https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topic/175336-e-mail-programs-as-default-protection/?do=findComment&comment=1003203

 

I'm sure @quietman7 will have additional, more expert, more comprehensive information.

EDIT:  OOPS! He beat me to it.  See above. <LOL>

 

Cheers,

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Edited by MoxieMomma, 07 September 2016 - 06:44 AM.


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 02:18 PM

thanks, quietman7 and moxiemomma!  i really appreciate your input and advice!



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Posted 08 September 2016 - 04:04 PM

You're welcome on behalf of the Bleeping Computer community.
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