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  1. #11


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    There is NO trial in Malwarebytes Free. To keep it free do NOT accept the free trial. You accepted it and now have a trial of the Pro version, hence the look.

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  2. #12


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Could you walk me through it please , Peter, how to download and install the wholly free version, avoiding the premium trial, because, somewhere in the install process I feel I have been misguided into accepting this trial, instead of the free version I was expecting to download and install.

    It would help others who feel the same way too if you share your experience, thanks.
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  3. #13


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    You can use an expired trial version as a free version for scanning without problem, it will just nag about it.
    The trial notification can be disabled by clicking on the: End free trial, it is on your screenshot as well.

    How do I revert to the free version?
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  4. #14


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Could you walk me through it please , Peter, how to download and install the wholly free version, avoiding the premium trial, because, somewhere in the install process I feel I have been misguided into accepting this trial, instead of the free version I was expecting to download and install.

    It would help others who feel the same way too if you share your experience, thanks.
    Well there's nothing to walk you through really. Just go here: Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware Detection & Removal Software you will get a page looking like below (click to enlarge)

    Click image for larger version

    Don't click the trial link, just the download one. If the installer offer a free trial (it shouldn't) simply refuse it and continue installing the totally free version.
    The only thing you have to worry about then is to update it before each use.
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  5. #15


    Georgia
    Posts : 110
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 / Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dual Boot


    They need to go back to the old UI, the new one is just to clunky for my liking, looks too commercial.
    Don't get me wrong .... I use it, just don't like the interface.
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  6. #16


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Yes, I agree, I liked the old one better.
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  7. #17


    Beloit, Wisconsin
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    I don't know if anyone else had a updating problem while running Windows 8.1? I love malwarebytes but I installed it on my Windows 8.1 computer and it works great for a day but after a reboot I can't update it tells me "Unable to contact update server" and could never get it to update. But other than that it is a awesome program
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  8. #18


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there.

    99% of 3rd party AV stuff is a WASTE of time on Windows 8.1 -- this is a Dinosaur of an industry trying to squeeze a few miserable bucks from people who don't understand a lot of this stuff or are pressured into using something unnecessary on Windows 8 -- Note I'm dealing with INDIVIDUAL users here not Corporate.

    1) Install or activate the default Windows defender -- absolutely NOTHING wrong with it compared with any other FREE product. For individuals (again I stress INDIVIDUALS) nothing really shows that the typical products people pay to install are any better than the free ones anyway and in general they just consume more resources in any case.

    2) SURF and use the Internet SENSIBLY - I know with the deliberate confusion sites these days make by hiding the download you really want amongst a whole load of confusing green arrows, special offers and all sorts of misleading links it's easy to install the wrong product but BE EXTRA VIGILANT.

    3) Uncheck special offers , toolbars etc on any downloaded product you are installing - if there is a choice use the custom insall rather than the automatic one.

    4) If the product can only be installed by a "3rd party installer" then MOVE AWAY -- either download from another site or find another product.

    5) Never open emails or attachments unless you know who sent them and they are safe.

    6) If you do get a piece of unwanted software -- it's not so likely to be an actual Virus these days -- but probably a piece of software which can be even MORE irritating known as a MALVERTISMENT then don't panic -- simply RESTORE your system to the last clean backup -- job easily done - no registry cleaners, "3rd party" un-installers etc needed.

    7) Computer security personnel should IMO be teaching people how to USE their machines safely, how to avoid giving too much info over the internet , THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING BACKUPS (when was the last time a specialist security person gave THAT piece of advice) and how to avoid a lot other scams - most of which can't be fixed by Software. In my experience these sorts of guys concentrate purely on the technical stuff - which might be OK in a business or Enterprise situation but no good for a typical home user downloading GB's daily from every torrent site going.

    In any case comparative POST analysis is 100% useless and FUTILE - a bit like "Monday Morning Quarterbacking" as I believe it's called in the USA. A new Virus / problem can appear at ANY moment - rendering past results absolutely meaningless.

    The general consensus is that the built in Windows defender is perfectly adequate and if the worst comes to the worst a simple restore should fix the machine again.

    Malvertising and confusing download links are probably the biggest problems people are likely to encounter rather than actual Viruses these days.

    BACKUP YOUR SYSTEM AT LEAST DAILY and always before downloading / installing any "suspicious" software -- it only takes at the most 30 MINS !!!! and there's enough decent free backup stuff out there -- I still can't believe after all these years people STILL fail to keep adequate backups -- Split the OS + Pgms into it's own partition or HDD - a 50 GB partition will usually be MORE than enough.


    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. #19


    Beloit, Wisconsin
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there.

    99% of 3rd party AV stuff is a WASTE of time on Windows 8.1 -- this is a Dinosaur of an industry trying to squeeze a few miserable bucks from people who don't understand a lot of this stuff or are pressured into using something unnecessary on Windows 8 -- Note I'm dealing with INDIVIDUAL users here not Corporate.

    1) Install or activate the default Windows defender -- absolutely NOTHING wrong with it compared with any other FREE product. For individuals (again I stress INDIVIDUALS) nothing really shows that the typical products people pay to install are any better than the free ones anyway and in general they just consume more resources in any case.

    2) SURF and use the Internet SENSIBLY - I know with the deliberate confusion sites these days make by hiding the download you really want amongst a whole load of confusing green arrows, special offers and all sorts of misleading links it's easy to install the wrong product but BE EXTRA VIGILANT.

    3) Uncheck special offers , toolbars etc on any downloaded product you are installing - if there is a choice use the custom insall rather than the automatic one.

    4) If the product can only be installed by a "3rd party installer" then MOVE AWAY -- either download from another site or find another product.

    5) Never open emails or attachments unless you know who sent them and they are safe.

    6) If you do get a piece of unwanted software -- it's not so likely to be an actual Virus these days -- but probably a piece of software which can be even MORE irritating known as a MALVERTISMENT then don't panic -- simply RESTORE your system to the last clean backup -- job easily done - no registry cleaners, "3rd party" un-installers etc needed.

    7) Computer security personnel should IMO be teaching people how to USE their machines safely, how to avoid giving too much info over the internet , THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING BACKUPS (when was the last time a specialist security person gave THAT piece of advice) and how to avoid a lot other scams - most of which can't be fixed by Software. In my experience these sorts of guys concentrate purely on the technical stuff - which might be OK in a business or Enterprise situation but no good for a typical home user downloading GB's daily from every torrent site going.

    In any case comparative POST analysis is 100% useless and FUTILE - a bit like "Monday Morning Quarterbacking" as I believe it's called in the USA. A new Virus / problem can appear at ANY moment - rendering past results absolutely meaningless.

    The general consensus is that the built in Windows defender is perfectly adequate and if the worst comes to the worst a simple restore should fix the machine again.

    Malvertising and confusing download links are probably the biggest problems people are likely to encounter rather than actual Viruses these days.

    BACKUP YOUR SYSTEM AT LEAST DAILY and always before downloading / installing any "suspicious" software -- it only takes at the most 30 MINS !!!! and there's enough decent free backup stuff out there -- I still can't believe after all these years people STILL fail to keep adequate backups -- Split the OS + Pgms into it's own partition or HDD - a 50 GB partition will usually be MORE than enough.


    Cheers
    jimbo
    Agreed. I like Windows Defender as well. I personally use F Secure for my AV. I have made several Virus files (as a test) that F Secure has picked up quickly than Windows Defender. Depends on what you do while on the net as well. Windows Defender does a great job protecting the computer from viruses but Windows firewall isn't the greatest. I have found on occasions that I can gain access to a computer with only windows firewall activated compared a aftermarket firewall. So also be sure your secure there as well. Backing up is really important in case you ever need to go back if something were to ever happen. But it all boils down to what you do on the internet and what you download. So just be careful and watch what you download and you should be just fine.
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  10. #20


    There is supposed to be a way to also un-register the trial part in the registry and it will leave you with a free version without that look. I remember seeing it in a post on their forums a while back but not sure where it is now.
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