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IObit Malware Fighter

4/5 (20 review)
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$ 19.95 /Pro License
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Quick description

Quick description

Key features

  • Anti-ransomware
  • Ad block
  • USB guard

IObit Malware Fighter Pros

  • A complex and diverse program
  • Free version with all the basics
  • Anti-cryptocurrency mining

IObit Malware Fighter Cons

  • Slow performance for certain tasks
  • UI deserves to be better
  • Many ads of IObit products
Pricing

IObit Malware Fighter Pricing

Pro
  • Basic anti-malware function
  • Unbeatable malware & virus protection with Bitdefender anti-virus engine
  • Larger database to detect & prevent ransomware attacks proactively
$19.95
Free
  • Basic anti-malware function
  • Basic real-time protection against malicious behavior
  • Anti-cryptocurrency mining & block pop-up ads for safer & cleaner browsing
Free
Pro
$19.95
  • Basic anti-malware function
  • Unbeatable malware & virus protection with Bitdefender anti-virus engine
  • Larger database to detect & prevent ransomware attacks proactively
Free
Free
  • Basic anti-malware function
  • Basic real-time protection against malicious behavior
  • Anti-cryptocurrency mining & block pop-up ads for safer & cleaner browsing
Review

IObit Malware Fighter 6 Pro review

IObit Malware Fighter is the antivirus program for Windows OS, designed specifically to fence off harmful activities, to protect personal data, ensure safe web browsing. It is capable of blocking programs without digital certificates, detecting and removing trojans, keyloggers, bots, worms, spyware, adware, and other malware, as well as protecting a home page and a default search engine against suspicious plugins, URLs and download files. If you’re familiar with what WannaCry and Petya are, this IObit product might be what you need.

There are 2 versions: IObit Malware Fighter Free and Malware Fighter Pro, free and paid respectively. Free version has basic features for PC scanning and safe browsing, while Pro is extended with things like real-time mode, web camera protection, separate file storage, 24/7 support and more. It costs $20 per 1 year and 1 PC. We’ll look closer into differences of both versions later on. IMF offers 33 languages of menu to choose from.

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System requirements & specs

The first beta version 1.0 was released in 2010. The application had several tools to guard system modules and files. Since then, IObit has been upgrading the product adding more features, say for example, the anti-ransomware engine by Bitdefender or webcam protection. Current Malware Fighter 6 version, released in 2018, comes with lots more.

For smooth running of this anti-malware program, the following systems requirements are recommended:

  1. OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10
  2. Processor: 1 Ghz or higher
  3. Memory (RAM): 1 GB
  4. Disk space: 1 GB
  5. Screen resolution: 1024*768 or above

Let’s now compare Free and Pro versions and highlight key capabilities of IMF.

Free Pro
Price (1-year subscription, 1 PC) $0 $19,95
Protection against malicious files
Advanced protection by BitDefender engine -
Database of ransomware -
Separate file storage with reinforced defense -
Basic real-time protection
Complex real-time protection for maximum PC protection -
Anti-ransomware check at system boot -
Camera protection -
USB-drive virus protection -
Detection of files/processes impacting RAM negatively -
Automatic removal of web activity traces -
Anti-mining, pop-ups blocking
Home page and DNS protection
Automatic upgrades -
24/7 technical support -

Installation & activation

To start off, go to IObit website, Products tab and from there click Protection to find Malware Fighter, free or Pro. There, click the green Download button, get the installer file and run it. On “custom install” pop-up window select a folder to place the program, check/uncheck “create desktop icon” and hit Install. In a matter of seconds, users are offered a newsletter subscription, which is optional, and then the process is complete.

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Moments after, a new browser window is opened prompting you to buy a subscription. You can just skip that if you want to try out a Malware Fighter free first. If you’re ready for purchase as is, then click Buy Now on IObit Malware Fighter PRO page, select additional options if you like, specify payment option (PayPal, credit card, bank transfer), enter email and confirm the purchase. You’ll get the license key sent over email. Afterwards, start the app and navigate to Enter Code link in the bottom right part, click it and enter the key to use IMF Pro.

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Scanning types, features, interface

“Your PC has never been scanned” is the first greeting message in Malware Fighter. And you can run smart (fast) scanning right away - click the Scan Now button. To initiate protection, turn on/off 2 guard modes: Anti-ransomware Engine and Bitdefender Engine at the bottom of the screen. Both are available in Pro version only. For settings, go to Options in the upper right corner.

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After all set up, head to Scan tab in the left menu and select one of three scanning types: Smart Scan, Full Scan, or Custom Scan. Smart scan is for quick system check aimed to detect virus files and errors. Full scan implies holistic, deep and precise system scanning and it will usually take quite some time. A third one, Custom scan is a selective check - choose certain system areas to scan separately.

We’ll see how all of those scan types perform in few moments, but now let’s see what else is under the hood. IObit Malware Fighter Pro review wouldn’t be full, if we hadn’t talked about its real-time protection tool. So, Real-time protection mode is in place to monitor startup programs, browser activities, web pages and files a user opens. If we take a jab at famous US police slogan “To serve and protect”, IMF’s motto would then be “To detect and remove”.

Anti-ransomware aspect adds up to that purpose, detecting spyware / malware / adware. Surfing protection is the next tool in line aiming to prevent access to malicious or suspicious URLs. Key tools here are anti-tracking, download guard, DNS protection, plugin/toolbar cleaner, ad block. Malware Fighter v.6.5.0 contains the ever growing database of identified threats and sources, counting over 2 million.

By heading to Ransomware Guard tab, you have access to anti-ransomware engine and Safe Box modes - both available only in Pro. Safe Box is the special option/tool to protect certain folders from unauthorized access.

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Next up, we have the Security Guard tab, to monitor several types of activities on user’s PC or laptop:

  1. Network Guard - blocks web pages that may contain threats.
  2. MBR Guard - against cryptographic attacks targeting MBR (master boot record), e.g. GoldenEye or Petya malware.
  3. File Guard - scans incoming unknown files.
  4. Camera Guard - protects camera from unauthorized access.
  5. Startup Guard - against unauthorized programs trying to run at startup (only in Pro).
  6. USB Disk Guard - scans USB drives for viruses.
  7. Process Guard - detects malicious processes impacting RAM.
  8. Malicious Action - analyzes and identifies malicious actions.

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The last Action Center tab focuses on system optimization, including tools like defragmentation, backups, uninstaller, etc. Overall, the interface of Malware Fighter Pro is up to date, visually appealing and easy to navigate. It has a dark background with red and green elements - distinguishing areas that are protected from those that are not. All features and tools are divided into different tabs.

How to uninstall Malware Fighter

To uninstall IMF on Windows 8 or earlier versions:

  1. Open Start menu and select Control Panel
  2. Click Uninstall a program
  3. Locate IObit Malware Fighter 6 and select Uninstall
  4. Follow on-screen prompts
  5. Restart PC to complete program removal

To uninstall IMF on Windows 10:

  1. Open Start menu and click on Settings
  2. Select System or Apps in Settings, select “Programs and Features” or “Apps and Features” from the left panel
  3. Locate IObit Malware Fighter 6 and select Uninstall
  4. Follow on-screen prompts
  5. Restart PC to complete program removal

Performance testing

We tested Malware Fighter on a standard Windows 10 PC with 16GB RAM. First, we ran all three scans. With Smart scanning that lasted about 5 minutes, the program found 3 threats - all identified as “trojan generic” type. Number of objects checked: 73,570.

iobit malware fighter smart scan

Full scanning took 1 hour and 21 minutes, went through 781,807 files, and identified 6 threats, again all Trojan type. We should note, all of those threats were related to Adobe products, which is somewhat strange.

iobit malware fighter full scan test

For Custom scanning we chose the 1 TB hard drive with 40,000 files in it. It found 3 threats (a screenshot making app along with Adobe, again), but more strikingly the process lasted 49 seconds - which we can neither explain nor apprehend.

iobit malware fighter custom scan

Nevertheless, we also checked the impact on PC resources. With few programs running (Chrome, IMF, Windows Explorer, Adobe Acrobat, Task manager), CPU load was at 51%. Out of that, Malware Fighter’s part was 23,8% and 115 MB of memory. Is it a lot or not - it depends.

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Finally, during our 5-day use of this anti-malware program by IObit, we’ve also got some mixed signals regarding real-time protection capabilities. On one hand, it successfully detected some malware files (see the left part of screen below), while on the other hand, it wasn’t much efficient against malware-hosting URLs - it did not prevent access to those, instead marking them as safe (see the right part of screen below).

iobit malware fighter review

Pricing, (no) trial and free version

IObit offers a free version of Malware Fighter, however, it is limited in functionality. Modules like Anti-tracking, Camera Guard, USB Disk Guard, Auto scan, etc. are available in Pro version only. You can buy the program for $19.95 as a one-year subscription for one PC. Curiously enough, there is no trial of full-featured version, so users have to rely on a free Malware Fighter version, but good news is there’s a 60-day money-back assurance from the vendor. Although, be sure to read Refund policy carefully, if you want to count on that.

iobit malware fighter pricing

Malware Fighter: Pros & Cons

  • Three scan modes
  • Free version with basic features
  • Rich functionality in Pro version
  • User-friendly interface, many languages
  • Regular database updates

  • Free version offers very little
  • Ads of other products by IObit
  • Only 1-year pricing that has to be renewed later
  • No mobile app

Summing up

IMF performs well, not loading a PC too much even while scanning. It offers lots of tools to safeguard your web activity, as well as protect against ransomware. There’s also a scheduling feature in Pro version. It does not cut across with other antivirus software, yet we wouldn’t bet on it as your main antivirus/antimalware protection. There are goods and bads, as in any other case, e.g. fast scan omits hard drives save for the one that hosts user’s operating system, yet there are various useful tools overall. So we leave to customers to decide, and we’ll also name few alternatives to be aware of.

Malware Fighter alternatives

  1. Kaspersky Antivirus - 4 antivirus types of different protection tiers from $50 to $90, as well as a free version;
  2. Bitdefender Antivirus - this vendor’s database is in use by many other antivirus software, it has both free and $35 versions;
  3. AVG Antivirus - a powerful security program, free and $80 versions;
  4. Avast Antivirus - a trusted antivirus that stands the test of time, $60 price;
  5. Malwarebytes - a special type of anti-malware for $40, which co-exists nicely with any antivirus software.

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Offers lots of tools to safeguard your web activity, as well as protect against ransomware

Worth a try.. Low on resources. I haven't found it intrusive, nor overly aggressive. It has a nice interface that keeps things simple for the average user. What I'd like to see are some believable, objective test results, by a reputable lab, to see its detection rate and efficacy to both prevent and remove unwanted and malignant software.

Pros:

  • User-friendly interface, many languages

CONS:

  • Only 1-year pricing that has to be renewed later
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Excellent tool for getting rid of spyware and malwares. It secures my internet banking log ins and online payments.

I am very pleased with all of the IObit Suite's Softwares, I find IObit Malware Fighter to be the top of the line for Catching Malware & Viruses that MalwareBytes failed to catch. The interface is simple, Easy to navigate.

Pros:

  • Rich functionality in Pro version

CONS:

  • No mobile app
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I can honestly say that it is one of IObits best software

The most advanced malware program for windows to protect your pc against almost any kind of malware attacks and attempts. I definitely recommend it

Pros:

  • Saves me to format my pc which was very very slow due to a very hard vulnerable malware

CONS:

  • Slow background and bad UI
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A great protection against Malware

Firstly i'd like to say how nice and clean it looks, i love the minimalistic look of the new version, it is easy to understand, and almost does everything for you! it feels a lot nicer, with new protections like MBR guard, fighting against the latest malware which i love

Pros:

  • Easy navigation

CONS:

  • Doesn't allow users to tweak more settings
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Fast Download and Good Malware Cleaner

I use Advanced System Care on 5 PCs and 3 Android platforms. Part of that is the Malware fighter and the Driver Booster as well as an Uninstaller and a Defrag tool. All are excellent and I have been sharing my appreciation with all my friends, many of whom have adopted the software. Even the free version works very well and should be tried.

Pros:

  • Lots of features

CONS:

  • Real-time detection issues
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Strong removal tool

I used it to remove a program that nothing else could remove it, I have an A+ certification in computer, and I cloned a SSD but the original hard drive had a un-removable program that I just wouldn't move and didn't appear in the registry and I really didn't want to do a clean

Pros:

  • Effective anti-ransomware shield

CONS:

  • No scores from the major testing labs
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4.75
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Very efficient antivirus tool

I was surprised at how this software is actually better than Malwarebytes. To be honest, I've read quite a handful of bad reviews against IObit Malware Fighter but I still thought of giving it a try. And, I must say that I am not regretting my decision as this software gives

Pros:

  • Powerful detecting engine

CONS:

  • Ransomware protection not fully effective
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Functionality
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Ability
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Best program of its kind that I have used

Worth a try ... Low on resources. I haven't found it intrusive, nor overly aggressive. It has a nice user interface that keeps things simple for the average user. What I'd like to see are some believable, objective test results, by a reputable lab, to see its detection rate and efficacy to both prevent and remove unwanted and malignant software.

Pros:

  • Fast download

CONS:

  • No "Advanced Options" setting
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3.75
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
3
OVERAL
3.75
Quality
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Ease of Use
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Functionality
4.0
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3.0

Total simplicity in use for the novice user or the long term PC Geek

A very good anti-malware and antivirus software that is free. IObit Malware Fighter perfectly works with my Windows 10 OS. It gives my pc total protection against ransomware and more!. I especially love how clean and minimalistic IObit malware fighter 5 looks like. Its update is definitely one of the best!

Pros:

  • Huge antivirus database

CONS:

  • Adds other programs on your system
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Functionality
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Great download software to fight malware on your computer

I have down load thus app at no cost and I am very satisfied with the product. It's doing an excellent job in my computer now my device has a the right anti virus, plus keep me apdate my computer it's working fasten than before. I do recommend this app.

Pros:

  • Excellent product

CONS:

  • No test results from independent labs
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