Malwarebytes Enterprise Edition debuts with features designed for the SMB

The popularity of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for consumers paved the way for a business version

Malwarebytes has enjoyed a strong following with its consumer software for detecting and removing malware. Now, the company is launching a new version designed for small and midsize businesses.

Released Monday, Malwarebytes Enterprise Edition (MEE) features a management console that allows IT teams to handle large deployments.  Previously, if a company's IT technicians wanted to install the product onto office machines, they had to write their own script for the consumer software version and manually push it out to office machines, according to Marcus Chung, Malwarebytes executive vice president and chief operating officer. MEE eliminates this step.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is used by over 150 million people worldwide to block or remove over five billion pieces of malware. Company executives said the behavior-based software is designed to work in concert with antivirus software. The company, which is based in San Jose, Calif., began making a marketing push last summer.

New features in the company's enterprise version include the management console and an integrated virtual deployment simulator that tests policies before they are implemented. One of the features of the console is a listing of comprehensive reports so users can see current malware trends. MEE allows administrators to customize security policies for the entire company, or for individuals or groups within the enterprise.

MEE also includes features from the consumer version, such as Chameleon technologies that ensure malware protection can work even when an infection has taken root.

"Malwarebytes Enterprise Edition doesn't depend on typical definitions and uses heuristics to stop these intelligently architected attacks before they can execute on endpoints, providing an extra layer of defense today's corporations can  well use,"  Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at Milford, Mass.-based Enterprise Strategy Group, said in a prepared statement.

Pricing for 100 seat licenses of MEE begins at $1315, with some special pricing available for government, education and non-profit companies. MEE is compatible with Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2008 R2 and supports XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.

Malwarebytes was founded in 2008 after Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski's computer was infected with malware that was not caught by his antivirus. The company has offices in Europe and employs a global team of researchers and experts. Malwarebytes MEE is available beginning today.

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