From the same developer of famous Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is an application for Windows to prevent the attack of malicious applications on your computer through security vulnerabilities. Applying a constant monitoring of programs open on your computer, the software tries continuously to keep them protected from threats. For this, the program maintains a system of preventive protection (real-time) to detect all attempts to abuse and stop them immediately. It is worth mentioning that this application is still under development and testing (Beta) and may not always behave as expected, with bugs. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is a security utility, aimed to prevent zero-day attacks. Although this application doesn’t work as a complete replacement of an updated and full-featured antivirus program, the idea is simply to increase their degree of tranquility while surfing the internet.
A major advantage of the application is that it begins monitoring immediately after installation without the need for any configuration for this. Likewise, it has no advanced settings or preferences, making even a beginner would have no major problems operating it. However, being fully automatic and based only on preventive protection, the application does not have "manual checks". Still, not having manual scan feature doesn’t compromise the goal of the program which is to prevent a class of malware.
The program also lists the software with which it is compatible with. In it are included the major browsers today, plus some programs for public use. Likewise, you can see the "Logs" tab to check which applications are protected in your computer at the time (remembering that those who appear in this list are active, so it should change as you access new software). So if you want to increase the level of protection of your computer, preventing the exploitation of vulnerabilities in applications, it is worth installing Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit.
Usually an antivirus is able to cope well with the malware spread via the Internet. However, there are malwares that are focused on exploring previously known vulnerabilities in applications and attack them before the "weakness" is published and updated in the databases of these tools.
This type of attack is known as zero-day attack, as it occurs in "zero-day" with the availability of the problem. To prevent the entry of malicious software that take advantage of this type of problem, it is ideal to install a program like Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. With it, you can ensure the monitoring of a number of applications on your computer, such as browsers and components that work together with them, for example.
Shortly after installing the program, it immediately activates the protection of your computer as default. The application remains active in the background and to access it’s interface, simply click the right mouse button on this icon in the System Tray and choose "Show Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit" option.
The program interface is divided into tabs so you can easily view the available information. On the first tab, "General", you can see the number of protected applications, how many attack attempts were blocked and the number of files sent to quarantine. It is also possible to stop the protection by clicking on "Stop Protection".
The second tab, "Shields", brings a list of all programs for which the Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit supports. In "Logs" you can view the activity history of the application, displaying the protected software on your computer. Finally, "Exclusions" probably serves to mount a "white list" on the computer, but apparently the function is still disabled.
- User friendly interface
- Fully automatic functions
- Doesn’t need any manual setup
- Compatibility with applications is still poor (as of beta)
- Advanced modification isn’t available