Malwarebytes 4.0 Released – The best gets better!

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Updated April 17, 2020

Malwarebytes Labs have announced the release of Malwarebytes 4.0: ‘smarter, faster, and lighter.’ As well as the Anti-Malware, and built-in Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware features we’re used to, Malwarebytes 4.0 sports Katana, its new detection engine. Katana uses `patented, dynamic methods to recognize zero-hour malware even before it’s released in the wild.’ Malwarebytes claims that you can scan faster than before with 50% less CPU usage.

Edit: See How to run Malwarebytes alongside Windows Security

Malwarebytes 4.0 Released: What’s improved

  • Improved zero-hour detection that pinpoints new threats as they arise
  • Upgraded behavioral detection capabilities that catch more diverse threats—even those that use signature evasion
  • Improved overall performance and scan speed
  • Redesigned User Interface (UI) for easier, more intuitive functionality
  • Simplified Windows Security Center integration settings
  • Enhanced web protection technology
Malwarebytes 4.1.0 app
Malwarebytes 4.1.0 Detection History
Malwarebytes 4.1.0 scanner
Malwarebytes 4.1.0 Real-Time Protection

Malwarebytes 4.0 is designed to block these evolving threats in record time using innovative detection technology. Our new intuitive user interface helps customers more easily engage with their cybersecurity. Furthermore, the new engine is optimized and requires 50 percent less of the CPU while scanning. Malwarebytes


This new version costs just $29.99 per year, and existing Malwarebytes Anti-Malware subscribers can upgrade for free and continue paying their annual subscription of $24.95, and it should remain at that price.

To find out more, and to download the trial/free upgrade, see the links below:

Thoughts about Malwarebytes

You can use Malwarebytes as your sole antivirus protection (since Malwarebytes 3.0) if you prefer. Or, you can run it alongside other security apps, like Windows Security. Many people choose to use it alongside Windows Security.

How to run Malwarebytes alongside Windows security (or your main security app)

To run Malwarebytes alongside your main security app, like Windows Security, be sure to go to Malwarebytes settings and under the Security tab, find Windows Security Center, and make sure `Always register Malwarebytes in the Windows Security Center‘ is toggled off. See the image below:

Malwarebytes Windows Security Center settings

Toggling off this setting will make sure that Windows Security (or your main security app) continues to be the primary security app shown and monitored in Windows.

Having Malwarebytes running alongside your main security app offers extra peace of mind, and it’s good to see Malwarebytes blocking malicious connections in real-time, something that you probably won’t see other security apps doing. Give Malwarebytes a try.

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