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Introducing Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta

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We are very excited to announce the release of Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware beta!

As mentioned in the blog announcement by Marcin this beta is extremely exciting as it introduces the most innovative approach in the market today for protecting against ransomware; a completely proactive and signature-less technology that is able to detect and block even the most dangerous of ransomware variants like CryptoWall4, CryptoLocker, Tesla, and CTB-Locker.

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware monitors all activity in the computer and identifies actions that are typical of ransomware activity. It keeps track of all activity and, once it has enough evidence to determine a certain process or thread to be ransomware, blocks the infection and quarantines the ransomware before it has a chance to encrypt users' files. During development, Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware has blocked every single ransomware variant we have thrown at it. We are extremely satisfied with its results and are excited to bring this technology to our user community for further testing.

As this is the very first beta we do encourage beta users to install the product in non-production environments for testing purposes only.


Installation is very straight forward. Simply download and install from the link below. You can safely install Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware beta alongside Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. If you encounter a problem or false positive please read this.

Download link (beta 9)



  1. Malwarebytes 3 and MBARW - It is actually not possible to run the free version of Malwarebytes 3 and the standalone Anti-Ransomware Beta side-by-side, as they have components in common and are not designed to run in this way.  If you wish to have both Malwarebytes on-demand scanning and Anti-Ransomware then a Premium license is the best option.
  2. Using an older version? - Please note that if you did NOT receive an upgrade prompt from within an earlier beta version, you must first uninstall any earlier BETA versions prior to installing BETA 8.  We have now enabled automatic upgrades for Beta 9, but they will take a while to get out to the entire population. If in doubt, you're always safe to do a full uninstall / reinstall.


Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware BETA collects certain data to ensure optimal product functionality and performance.

  • The version of the software installed including specific product, build, and version number so we can determine the correct version of the product installed and apply updates as appropriate.
  • License details so that we know if it’s an older version of the beta and should be expired.
  • General system info such as OS, system language, processor and file system in use to understand how the product behaves in different environments.
  • Data on any potentially malicious activity including a copy of the executable file that caused the program to alert, along with internal product logs which include information on the detection logic so that we can improve the product’s efficacy.

Please see the Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware BETA EULA and the Software Collection Addendum in the Malwarebytes Privacy Policy for more detail.

Thanks for participating in this beta program and helping us improve this exciting technology that makes up Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware!

Edited by AdvancedSetup
Updated download information for Beta 9
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Hi all, as Pedro said, we are very excited about this beta. A few common questions came up and so I'll link a few of Pedro's answers that were scattered around the forums.


I have MBAM and MBAE. Why do I need Anti-Ransomware?


How do I report a False Positive?


Also, as many of you guessed, this will not be a standalone product/agent but rather rolled into our existing products.

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