Malware Protection and App Block features in Malwarebytes Premium for Mac

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There are two Real-Time Protection features added with the release of Malwarebytes Premium for Mac version 3.7. Malware protection ad App Block can be enabled or disabled individually. Clicking Turn Protection ON on the Dashboard will enable both forms of protection.

 

 

Malware Protection

This feature protects your computer against malware, as well as adware and PUPs, by monitoring the hard drive. If malicious or unwanted files are created or modified, Malwarebytes identifies and quarantines them by default. This is similar to running a scheduled scan, except that the files are caught immediately, rather than at some undefined time later.

 

When malware protection detects a threat, a notification appears like the following:

Image of Real-Time Protection notification in Malwarebytes for Mac.

 

No further action is needed at this point, other than optionally clearing the quarantine in Malwarebytes.

 

App Block

App Block aims to completely block applications from known bad developers, preventing them from running at all. When an application is blocked, a notification appears providing the name of the application that was blocked:

Image of App Block notification in Malwarebytes for Mac.

In this case, the app is not quarantined, but is not capable of running. The advantage of App Block is that it can detect and block new apps from existing developers, even if they have not yet been seen by Malwarebytes researchers.  We recommend you keep App Block enabled to remain protected.

 

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