As one would expect with an evolving operating system, Windows 10 includes tools that we once relied on third-party publishers to provide.
But there are still many add-on apps that make Win10 work even better — though we now have some reservations about two of our favorites.
When good Windows utilities go (sorta) bad
For some years, I’ve used and recommended Malwarebytes as a strong, simple, no-nonsense anti-malware tool. But as happens all too often with good products, the company seems more focused on expanding market share and product bloat.
Marketing I can live with; more disturbing is the lack of information on Malwarebytes’ efficiency. It does not show up in the recent test results of AV-Test, AV-Comparatives, or, apparently, any other testing organization. One can only conclude that Malwarebytes doesn’t allow its app to be evaluated by independent, third-party organizations — and that’s not a good thing.
Don’t get me wrong, I still believe that Malwarebytes is one of the better PC-security products. And you can still download a free version for one-time, on-demand scans — good practice for confirming that another AV product such as Defender hasn’t missed something. But, annoyingly, Malwarebytes’ free download assumes you want to run the premium, full-time scanning, trial version that lasts of 14 days. To keep the free, on-demand edition, you have to go into the app’s settings (My Account tab) and select the option to “Deactivate Premium Trial.
I’m now less inclined to pay for Malwarebytes’ full-time scanning, mostly because Windows 10 comes with the capable, if not top-notch Defender AV app. Plus, there’s no shortage of other good anti-malware products to choose from.
Moreover, with Win10 updates, Defender has become a more flexible tool. It now includes an option to scan a PC offline, which gives the detection system a better chance of finding hidden malware.