Premium will support XP users for life, who currently make up 20% of Malwarebytes' user-base and could be at greater risk when updates stop on April 8.
The new product brings together five powerful technologies in a lightweight 16MB download for the first time, the combination of which provides dynamic protection from advanced threats. At its core is a new heuristics engine, designed to detect and kill malicious software based on behavior. This means protection is not reliant on slow-moving signatures, providing defense against zero-day attacks.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium also integrates new Anti-Rootkit technology, which rips out and fixes the damage done by malicious software hiding at an extremely deep-level in the operating system. Malwarebytes' Chameleon is also built-in, allowing Premium to brute force start-up and scan when malware is crippling traditional security software and other processes.
Premium has added updated malicious URL blocking and enhanced protection from unwanted programs such as aggressive adware and toolbars. A new user interface and ultra-quick threat scan, ensure the product is easy to use.
Marcin Kleczynski, Founder and CEO of Malwarebytes, said, "Six years after the launch of the first version, and following 18 months of development and countless research hours, we are thrilled to announce Premium.
"It has been a real labor of love. We are proud of what we have created and believe it builds upon the success of our existing products to give people a strong proactive countermeasure against today's advanced online threats."
The new product does not replace Malwarebytes' acclaimed free clean-up tool, which the company has committed to providing for free forever.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium is available from the online store for an annual subscription of $24.95, and provides coverage for up to three PCs. Users with existing lifetime licenses for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO will receive a free upgrade to the new product.
Malwarebytes provides software designed to protect consumers and businesses against malicious threats that consistently escape detection by other antivirus solutions. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro, the company's flagship product, employs a highly advanced behavior-based detection engine that has removed more than 5 billion malicious threats from computers worldwide. Founded in 2008, the self-funded company is headquartered in California, operates offices in Europe, and employs a global team of researchers and experts. For more information, please visit us at www.malwarebytes.org.