IObit Malware Fighter is a straightforward antispyware tool that can protect your PC in several different ways.
For example, you can run an on-demand scan to look for spyware, adware, trojans, bots, and other threats that your regular antivirus software might have missed. The "Smart Scan" checks only the most critical areas of your PC, and runs fairly quickly (around 7 minutes on our test PC); you can run a complete system scan if you prefer, while the "Custom Scan" allows you to choose exactly what you'd like the program to examine.
And Malware Fighter also includes real-time protection in the shape of 5 guards, which variously monitor your startup programs, browser settings, cookies, the web pages you view, and the files you access.
Our first brief tests left some questions over the program's accuracy, with Malware Fighter missing a real threat, and incorrectly warning us of two entirely safe files. And it's also a little short on features. If you want scheduled scans, protection for USB viruses, process scanning or technical support then you'll need to upgrade to Malware Fighter Pro, currently available for $19.95 a year.
Note that IObit Malware Fighter works as freeware unless you choose to upgrade to Pro.
Malware Fighter 7 brings these improvements:
+ New generation of IObit Anti-malware Engine accelerates the scan speed up to 300% and ensures more efficient threats detection and removal.
+ Newly enhanced Safe Box protects your privacy and sensitive data with password.
+ 1.6x larger database comprehensively protects your PC against the latest viruses, ransomware, and malware.
+ The updated Bitdefender Engine with new cyber-threat intelligence technologies gives you the best protection ever.
+ Enhanced Anti-ransomware Engine protects your files from the latest ransomware attacks.
+ Optimized update and scan processes for better and smarter protection.
+ Rebuilt Surfing Protection & Ads Removal newly supports Microsoft Edge and blocks more cryptocurrency mining attacks, annoying ads, and malicious sites.
+ Optimized Camera Guard for better compatibility with Windows 10.
+ Newly supported customizing skin and font size for better user experience.
+ Supported 33 languages.
+ And more can be discovered by you.
While it's lightweight, fast and easy to use, IObit Malware Fighter is just a little too limited for our liking. There are better free antivirus tools around.