MalwareFox is antimalware that works on the heuristic approach to catch the modern computer threats. Lots of new malware emerge every single day. The signature-based detection that traditional antiviruses use is not enough to catch them all. To tackle this problem, they started analyzing the behaviour of the application. This malware removal tool uses signature-based and behaviour-based detection method.
I downloaded the MalwareFox on my PC and used it for two weeks. In this article, there are my findings of this antimalware. Its positive and negative points, as well as a detailed working of the MalwareFox Premium Antimalware, are also here.
Easy to Setup
MalwareFox installation is simple and easy. Even a new computer user can easily setup it on their computer. You don’t have to go through complicated steps to complete the installation. You can quickly complete the installation in 5 steps.
The installer is light and doesn’t need lots of bandwidth to download. MalwareFox installer size is of just 6.31 MB. It took me a minute to download, though it depends on the internet speed. When you open the setup file MalwareFox ask you to choose the language click OK, and then click on the Next. Then you have to read and accept the license agreement, select the installation location, select some additional task and that’s it MalwareFox start installing in your system.
The whole installation merely takes 5 minutes, and after the installation, MalwareFox downloads the latest version and virus signatures, which could take another 2-3 minutes.
Overall, the installation is super easy, and anyone with the necessary skills can easily install it within a few minutes.
MalwareFox is designed to work with any other security suites. It doesn’t interfere with them. So, there is no reason to uninstall your current security suite even to test the MalwareFox. I am currently using the MalwareFox with Avast Free Antivirus. I haven’t faced any compatibility issues so far.
However, I realized that the best companion of MalwareFox is Windows Defender. Yes, the inbuilt Microsoft antivirus. MalwareFox lacks a firewall which Windows Defender has. Another reason for best compatibility is the reliable real-time protection of MalwareFox. However, how can the two real-time protections run at the same time?
When you install a third-party security suite on the Windows 10, the Defender disables its real-time protection and let the new security suite to catch the threats. Now when you install the MalwareFox, then MalwareFox signals Defender to disable the real-time protection of current security suite and let it handle the task. When you remove the MalwareFox from your system, it just reverts the changes. That’s how I was able to use MalwareFox with Avast antivirus.
MalwareFox interface is clean and properly aligned. You can easily reach to different options without going through lots of steps. MalwareFox tries to put important information on the dashboard so that you don’t have to click multiple times to check the stats. At the same time, the interface doesn’t look cluttered.
It shows you about the system, scan, update, and license status on the homepage. There is also Real-Time status and an area to drop files and folder to deep scan them. There are 4 small icons on the top right of the UI; you can use them to reach the vital section of the program.
These small buttons take you to Settings, Quarantine, License, and Reports section. In the Settings page, you can enable and disable the Cloud-Sandbox Technology, and the Real-Time Protection. It also allows adding exclusions, checking the updates, and some advanced settings.
From the Quarantine section, you can delete or restore a particular threat. Also, the License button helps you to know the days left in your current subscription. You can even activate the new license from here. The Report area keeps track of every scan the MalwareFox did from the beginning. It records even small details in these reports so that you can quickly identify and separate the problem.
- Real-Time Protection
The Real-Time protection of MalwareFox protects you from threats even before they start damaging your computer. Malware these days are aggressive if your security suite doesn’t stop it immediately when they try to enter, then it is of no use. The malware starts taking action once it enters in your PC. So there is no point in catching them later using manual scan.
When you try the MalwareFox for the first time, you can enjoy the fully featured application for 14 days. This much of the time is enough to decide whether you should get the premium subscription or not. Still, after the 14 days, the MalwareFox doesn’t become entirely useless. You can use it to scan and catch the threats manually. However, as I already said without real-time protection, it just doesn’t serve the Purpose.
MalwareFox doesn’t just detect the threats using signature-based detection. It also analyzes the behaviour of running applications, and if their action is like malware, it blocks that threat immediately. This approach is called heuristic method.
A heuristic method is critical in today’s scenario when thousands of malware emerge every day. Signature-based detection isn’t enough; that’s why MalwareFox has adopted the behaviour-based detection also.
- Quick Scans
I haven’t seen any antimalware to finish the scan this much quicker. Not just the quick scans but the scan doesn’t slow down your computer. You can easily do any other work while the scan is going on in the background. It is because MalwareFox doesn’t use much of system resource to analyze the files. It only takes a small amount of processor and RAM to scan the light files. However, the big and complex files that might slow down the computer are transferred to the cloud scan.
The Cloud Sandbox technology helps MalwareFox to divide the resource usage to the cloud servers as well as test the files in a controlled environment away from your PC. When you press the Scan button of MalwareFox first, it classifies the files, and then actual scanning happens. During the scan, if you have a slow internet connection, you could see the suspicious programs being uploaded to the cloud. MalwareFox gives you two options to handle the detected threat one is Delete, and the other one is Quarantine. In case of malicious browser add-on detection, it uses the repair action.
The default action is Quarantine; however, you can change that to specific threats or all. There is an option to report a file as safe also in case of false positive. You can also check the status of the threat on the VirusTotal. It is a service that checks a particular file or URL with several antivirus engines.
To test how fast MalwareFox is, I created a folder with 112 executable files. The size of the folder was 1.87GB. MalwareFox took 1 minute 42 seconds to finish the scan. It also detected an adware program from all those executable files. Yes, I put that intentionally to test the scan.
- Browser Cleanup
You use the browser to access the internet, and the internet is the prime method of spreading malware. Rogue websites that promote malicious add-ons in the name of improving your browsing and search experience could bankrupt you someday. The free and the pirated software that you downloaded from a shady website could hijack the settings of your browser and record your activity.
Malicious extension and browser hijackers don’t come under the malware term, they are called Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and however, they can cause severe damage to your privacy. That’s the reason MalwareFox pay special attention to cleaning your browsers. It removes the malicious extensions/add-ons from all the browsers and removes the suspicious settings as well as.
I changed the browser settings in the entire browsers I use with a malicious URL. MalwareFox catches these changes during the scan. It even scans the Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers. When I clicked the Next button, it automatically removes the URL from the browsers settings.
- Detailed Report
MalwareFox keeps track of every scan so that you can track the changes in case of any problem. It saves all the reports in the text file so that it doesn’t take much space in your HDD. The reports are listed using the time and date of the scan, scan type, and results.
There are three types of scan system, scheduled, and custom. The result section has the value of either clean or harmful objects detected. So you can quickly sort the reports on any of these values. To open a report, select it and click on Open Report button or double click on it. You can select the reports and Delete them if they are not required.
The reports open in a text file which first of all tells you the version of MalwareFox, then some other useful details. Below is some crucial information in the reports.
- Scan Information – Result, Date, type, Duration, OS, Processor, BIOS Mode, and CUID.
- Object Information – Scanned Objects, Detected and Excluded.
- Threat Information – Object Name, MD5, Size, Publisher, Threat Type, Action Taken, and Location.
In the end, reports display the conclusion by displaying the number of cleaned, reported as safe, and failed objects.
- Essential Information on the Dashboard
The homepage of the MalwareFox displays all the essential information so that you don’t forget. It displays the status of the Real-Time protection in green if it is working and in red if there is a problem. The green tick mark on the PC screen turns into Red Cross sign if there are threats on your PC. Also, the system status gets changed to the Infected.
It displays the Last Scan date and the Last Update Check so that the database doesn’t grow old. There are also the License details on the dashboard which shows the number of remaining days in your subscription. The big green button of scan is on the bottom right side.
MalwareFox homepage includes a dedicated area to drag and drop the file or folders to perform a custom deep scan. On the bottom, there is an option to send feedback and the MalwareFox version. The send feedback button is also for contacting the support guys.
- The Support
To contact the support guys of MalwareFox, you have limited options. MalwareFox technical support is only available through email. There is no telephonic and chat support for technical problems. However, you can chat with executives regarding the pricing. Chat option is available on the pricing page.
In case of technical problems, you should contact the support executive using the application. The Send Feedback option is for that. With this option, you can describe the issue in details and can also attack the FRST Logs. The Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) lets you collect the logs from different sections like registry, drivers, services, internet, and the processes. All this information helps the executive to diagnose the problem better and quickly provide you the solution.
If you have issues with product activation, billing, and license, then it is best to use the website support page to contact the MalwareFox. This way, you can fix your issues quickly. I had contacted them several times to check the response time.
The response time of MalwareFox support was around 1 hour in the weekdays and around 2 hours at the weekends. Although MalwareFox claims that it may take upto 24 hours.
Is it Pocket-Friendly?
MalwareFox antimalware is super pocket-friendly. Its plans are specifically designed for single computer users. However, there are attractive pricing for multiple computers and business users. The single computer one year license for MalwareFox starts from $24.95 for the international market; however, if you belong to India, you will get special pricing.
If you want to use MalwareFox for the business, then you can contact them for pricing. MalwareFox is also available for the Android platform, and you can even get combo deals. The money you pay for the subscription is not high compared to the protection it provides to your valuable data.
MalwareFox is also available for 14 days, and after that, you can continue using it for free with limited features. Below features are in the premium version.
- Real-Time Protection
- Rootkit Scanner
- Ransomware Protection
- Zero-day Attack Protection
- Premium Support
The above critical features are not available in the free version.
Overall, after examining the aspects of MalwareFox, I could say it is an excellent antimalware. It works on the latest technology to identify the threats. The Real-Time protection stops the threats even before they start taking action. The cloud-sandbox opens the executable files in the cloud to check their behaviour.
The support and pricing are also attractive, plus it is a lightweight application that doesn’t consume much of system resources. Meaning you will have an antimalware in your system without facing a down in the performance. I ran the scan and opened multiple tabs in the browser, open the VLC player to play 1080P movie, and even open the Camtasia to check if my PC lag. No, the scan doesn’t affect the performance even a little bit.
However, I feel that to make it lightweight; the developers have not included some essential features. I am not saying that it should have all those fancy features, but at least a password manager and Firewall could make it an excellent deal. Though, the Windows Defender satisfies the need of the Firewall. So there is nothing to worry.