Introducing Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit

June 12, 2014 | BY

I’m delighted to announce the launch of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, following a year of beta. We have spent the last year developing and testing the product, and I believe it is a great example of how we are always coming up with new ways to beat the bad guys.


For home users, a 3MB download provides quick and easy protection against exploits and runs quietly in the background. It’s available either as a Free version, which protects against browser and Java exploits, or a Premium version, which adds protection for PDF readers, Microsoft Office, media players and also allows people to create custom shields.

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit For Business is designed to protect companies of every size, with full visibility of all endpoints through a central console which can be remotely managed.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with exploits, we put together the video below. Basically, these threats abuse vulnerabilities in everyday software applications such as browsers, office documents and PDFs and use these to download malware. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit wraps these applications in three layers of defense, monitoring them for suspicious activity and stopping it at source.

This is different to the traditional reactive approach, and means we can block known and unknown zero-day exploits.

But we wouldn’t expect you to just take our word for it! We asked renowned exploit blogger Kafeine to put Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit through its paces – testing it against all the exploit kits currently in the wild. It stopped every single one. The product has also performed very well against the numerous zero-day attacks we have thrown at it in testing.

There’s more information here for home users, and businesses can find out more on this page.

The press release can be found here.

And we’re doing a giveaway! Enter here for a chance to win one of 10 Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit T-shirts or 10 licenses of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them. Feedback is always welcome!

  • rws70

    I am running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium.

    Can I benefit from running Anti-Exploit too? Or are those protections part of my existing software?

    If Anti-Exploit does offer added protection, does my current Premium license cover access to Anti-Exploit Premium too?


  • Cecile Nguyen

    Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit prevents vulnerabilities in Windows applications and browsers from being exploited.

    Now if you’re not familiar with exploits, an exploit takes advantage of vulnerabilities in a program and through these vulnerabilities, the exploit can deliver malware without end user awareness, be an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), or any other type of intrusive cyber-attack. There’s a reason why applications like Java and Adobe are updated daily – they have so many holes that can be exploited. So what Anti-Exploit does is it essentially plugs the holes of these browsers and Windows applications.

    In very general terms, Anti-Malware guards against WHAT you are being attacked with, and Anti-Exploit guards against HOW you are being attacked. Two entirely different approaches to keeping you safe.

    Anti-Exploit is a supplement to Anti-Malware. It doesn’t offer any detection of malware or malicious activity – it’s only goal is to prevent exploits. It also requires a separate license which you can purchase here:

  • weelittlenano

    I’m wondering when the winners of the giveaway will be announced? Thank!

  • Thomas Frost

    Just downloaded/installed this software. I’ve noticed that the browser Safari is not shown on the browser list. Why? FYI, my default browser is Firefox. I seldom use IE.

  • Nicholas Romano

    It would be great if you gave us another opportunity to win a license. Regardless, thank you for keeping all of my computers safe for 6 years and counting!

  • Mac Gyver

    It’s now 9/29/14 and the download link for the free version for home users goes nowhere.

    After trying MBAM I bought 3 discs for 3 computers. I would like to try Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit.

    Help me out here guys.

  • Drew

    Thanks for this. I was looking for a detailed comparison to understand the difference between the software. This was perfect!

  • vinibr

    This link in your website is infected: “testing it against all the exploit kits”. Avast blocked him, but Anti-Exploit Premium and Anti-Malwarebytes premium don’t.

    As I just bought both, can you explain what happened, please?

  • SimonT

    on November 11, 2014 , microsoft has distribuited an update for MS14-066: ( Vulnerability in SChannel could allow remote code execution …)

    Anti-exploit can protect an XP system against this vulnerability ?


  • William Eaton

    How do you update Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit ?

  • pbust

    This is a false positive with Avast. You might want to report it to them.

  • pbust

    Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit upgrades automatically.
    As soon as it detects a new version is available it will prompt you with a popup asking if you want to upgrade (OK/Cancel). If you click OK it will upgrade itself in the background. The process only takes a few seconds.

  • SimonT

    thanks so much
    excellent explanation

  • Lonnie Supnick

    Just installed Anti-Exploit and now find that my Malwarebytes AntiMalware also loads at boot time even though that program is NOT set to run at boot time. Is this a “feature” or a bug? I only run AntiMalware at certain times because I have Kaspersky Internet Security running that also has antimalware capability.

  • bjgollatz

    How will this software interfere with other applications I am running, and processes I run in the background? For instance, I will be moving to Kapersky. I also have two backup software processes (Shadow Protect) that run in the background, plus other stuff like Starfield’s Workspace. Then there is dropbox, evernote, onenote and some other ones.

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  • aa

    Would buy it to work side by side with MBAM (lifetime license) – if it was offered with a lifetime license as well!

  • Lewis Button

    It basically won’t.

  • Frane Momić

    I use malwarebytes antimalware premium. What is the difference?

  • Jon Humphries

    I depend on Anti-Malware so much, for many years, I don’t even question whether or not this effective. Purchase incoming.

  • Kathy Nicholson

    I have Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium and Malwarebytes Anti-Maleware Home Premium and they are both running at the same time. Do I need both?