IObit Malware Fighter 2.4.1.18

Detect, remove and block unwanted applications
IObit Malware Fighter is the second attempt of its developer to launch and maintain a security product that, allegedly, protects your system from all kinds of malware. Moreover, IObit states on the product’s website that IObit Malware Fighter is “the world’s leading anti-malware tool” with capabilities such as “detect and remove infections and hidden threats” as well as “fully compatible with all antivirus products”.

Add these to an already astounding presentation of the software and the average user may rapidly think they stumbled upon the greatest anti-malware solution of all-time. But then, how can a company that has tried the same thing in the past with IObit Security 360 and failed miserably due to constant bad publicity involving various database theft allegations from Malwarebytes can produce such a god-like program?

I won’t dig up skeletons of the past application here, thus I must redirect my attention on the protagonist of this particular review and if IObit Malware Fighter is, indeed, the application we should all use, then all will surely be forgiven and forgotten, as there is no time and space left to discuss about what happened to its predecessor, but praise and kneel before it.

Enough with the sarcasm, although it is based on actual facts that prove the inability of IObit Malware Fighter to rise above all and reign over the other anti-malware solution developers. First stop: the installation process. Even though it is fairly excusable for other type of software to offer any kind of adware within their free edition installers, such behavior in anti-malware software is propostuos.

IObit Malware Fighter’s interface is quite the looker and that can and may be the only thing it’s good at. As tests suggest, the previous statement is utterly true and one more thing IObit Malware Fighter is really good at is beating any of its rivals to the bottom of any test chart both in malware blocking and malware removal.

This peculiar piece of software does not add any kind of proactive protection such as browser plugins to block malware-containing websites from the get-go as well as malicious hosted files as soon as the download process starts.

While genuine anti-malware solutions detect harmful code long before it is actually launched, IObit Malware Fighter utilizes the pesky method of triggering scans when applications start and not before. What’s even worse is that it fails to detect malware and a whole lot of it as it finds its way into your computer.

False-positives are yet another problem with IObit Malware Fighter. In few cases and in small numbers, false positives are not a bothering things, but with IObit Malware Fighter, they have a place of their own. Maybe that’s the way of this program to deal with all the malware it misses.

Bad thoughts aside, IObit Malware Fighter is, indeed, “the world’s leading anti-malware tool” in theory, more precisely, in IObit’s theory. In the real world, where thorough tests are conducted and pitiful applications are discovered, IObit Malware Fighter is yet another one of those that fail to provide. Maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with the absence of the supposedly not stolen Malwarebytes database, as IObit claimed, that also triggered the fall of its predecessor.

Reviewed by on August 27th, 2013


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file size:
29.1 MB
price:
$19.95
 
developed by:
IObit
license type:
Ad-supported 
operating system(s):
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit / 2003 / 2008
category:
C: \ Antivirus

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What's New in version 2.4.1.16
  • Added Security Reinforce to reinforce the security of system weakness, especially for Windows XP.
  • Added Arabic, Thai, Hebrew languages support.
  • Improved compatibility to support more anti-virus programs.
  • Fixed the update errors.
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Application description

The IObit Malware Fighter application was developed to be an advanced malware removal tool that will allow you to dete...

Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:

  • Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system
  • Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system
  • Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function

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