The first public beta for the next major version of “Malwarebytes 4” has been released and available for download. The version ships with a new User interface, online installer and a new detection engine.
Malwarebytes version 4 sports a completely redesigned interface with Detection History, Scanner and Real-Time Protection modules on the main window. The company claims in their changelog that new version comes with a new detection engine that “improves zero-hour malware detection” and “dynamically extends detections to mutating malware”.
Malwarebytes provides three scanners: Quick Scan and Custom Scan. FYI, Threat Scan and Hyper Scan have been combined into Quick Scan. The Scan that runs when you click on the scan button is threat scan.
To avoid confusion, the Windows Security Center Settings in Malwarebytes have been reduced from three to one setting -“Always register Malwarebytes in Windows Security Center” and is switched on by default.
Do note there were complaints raised before where Malwarebytes disabled Windows Defender or third-party antivirus when installed. that’s not the case with this beta, you should restart the machine after installing MBAM and need to check Windows Security Center/AV settings if that’s the case with you.
The company also notes they’ve improved the Web Protection component.
MB v4 doesn’t support Windows 8 and Tablets, but it does support and works on Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10
Cons and known issues:
Malwarebytes can’t be installed offline. With 1 MB setup file, it takes ages to download and install the application and doesn’t show the progress indicator either, which already mentioned in known issues.
Too much white space. White space everywhere in the interface, how about Malwarebytes adding dark mode support to their anti-malware App which is still in beta?
Check the known issues before installing this beta and it may prone to crash the system or cause BSOD to your computer. Always recommended to try this on a testing machine. This version of Malwarebytes may trigger a high number of false positives.
UPDATE August 26, 2019: Malwarebytes approached and clarified that the version 4 indeed comes with three scanners like before, but not two as we mention. The default scan run by Malwarebytes is threat scan, we’ve updated the article above with that information.