What is malware?
Malware is an umbrella term for any form of “malicious software,” including viruses, spyware, and ransomware. There are also a number of ways to get infected with malware, like phishing emails, Trojans, and hacking attempts. Either way, once malware is on your device, it might steal your identity, install unwanted programs, or hold your files for ransom.
How does Malwarebytes Premium protect me against ransomware and other threats?
- Stops ransomware, malware, and other threats with multiple layers of security, including real-time protection that looks for tell-tale signs of a threat
- Warns you when you accidentally visit malicious sites or open a malicious file that contains threats like ransomware, phishing scams, and more
- Identifies and removes existing infections with a quick, comprehensive scan of your device
Will using Malwarebytes slow down my device?
- Malwarebytes keeps your device running fast, without the hassle
- Runs in the background 24/7 with minimal impact on performance so you can stay safe without slowing down your computer or fiddling with your security software
- Uses simple controls that make it easy to customize your security
- Improves performance by removing potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that make your computer run poorly and disrupt your online experience
How is Malwarebytes different from traditional antivirus software?
- Malwarebytes does what traditional PC and Mac antivirus programs can't, like detect emerging threats
- Uses artificial intelligence to identify emerging threats so you're safe from threats the moment they come out
- Protects you from advanced ransomware infections that encrypt your files and force you to pay to get them back
- Removes all traces of malware on your device so you can be sure your device is clean
How do I protect against ransomware?
- Download a proven anti-ransomware tool with real-time protection such as Malwarebytes Premium.
- Protect your wifi with an encrypted password. Never use open wifi.
- Use WPA/WPA2 encryption standard on your home wifi; do not use WEP encryption.
- Back up important files to a local hard drive.
- Do not open emails from people/companies you don't know.
- Do not click on links sent to you via email or IM without first “hovering” your pointer over the link to confirm it is sending you to a legitimate site.