IObit Malware Fighter

IObit Malware Fighter 5.2.0.3992

Keep internet-based attacks at bay

IObit Malware Fighter is a security & privacy software package that is designed to protect casual web users and corporations from online attacks. Use it to prevent malware such as Petya and GoldenEye from ransoming the use of your PC. View full description

PROS

  • Well-managed database of new threats
  • Speedy scans
  • Protects in real time

CONS

  • Many features are only in the Pro version

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IObit Malware Fighter is a security & privacy software package that is designed to protect casual web users and corporations from online attacks. Use it to prevent malware such as Petya and GoldenEye from ransoming the use of your PC.

Updated ransomware databases

Unlike some anti-spam & anti-spy software systems that are around, the makers of IObit Malware Fighter claim that their package is more fully engaged with dealing with the latest threats of ransomware. Since this sort of malware has hit the headlines in recent years with some extremely high profile attacks in the UK and elsewhere, ransomware like Petya and GoldenEye is more known about by average computer users. The databases behind IObit's front-end are constantly updated to deal with this evolving threat, so you should be able to continue using the internet without worrying that you are laying yourself open for a potential later threat from an unknown hacker who will take charge of your computer and demand money to free it up. The software's databases are not just about keeping a record of dodgy websites, however. The designers have gone to great lengths to ensure that email attachments are properly scanned to prevent ransomware getting on to your PC. In addition, infected programms are also dealt with. The free version of the system scans your computer on a daily basis – when it is idle, so you don't get interrupted. The makers say this will boost your computer's performance as well as protecting it. The Pro, or full, version of the software needs to be paid for annually, but you can download a trial version freely to get the idea of how it works.

Technical elements

Although the software does a lot on the technical side of a computer, its user interface is just as simple to run as many other anti-spam & anti-spy packages. There is the usual dashboard that comes onto your screen when you run the program which allows you to fine tune how you want to use it, for example setting the scan time to occur overnight, if wanted. The suite will automatically look for outdated drivers on your computer, an area where hackers might be able to gain access to your system's software. Not only does this help to keep your PC protected but it should ensure your boot up time is minimized. Some users report lessened crashing and freezing as a result of running IObit software regularly. It is often good at dealing with audio problems that develop over time as a result of drivers being out of date. This makes it good for gamers and those who watch lots of videos online or who make telephone calls via their computer. For those people who want to download the software to protect them from hackers, then it is useful to know that real-time protection is also in place. The program will scan any USB stick or device that is plugged into your computer to ensure that it will do no harm. In particular, the program checks on whether any unauthorized control of your PC's camera has occurred to make sure you are not being spied upon. If you choose to download anything from the internet, then this is scanned before it can do any harm, too.

The full security & privacy package?

IObit Malware Fighter keeps you protected and running smoothly with lots of attention given to preventing ransomware attacks.

IObit Malware Fighter

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IObit Malware Fighter 5.2.0.3992

— User reviews — about IObit Malware Fighter

  • "Worth a try .."

    Low on resources. I haven't found it intrusive, nor overly aggressive. It has a nice user interface that keeps things si... More.

    reviewed on March 25, 2014