Microsoft EMET vs Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit vs HitmanPro. Alert - Free Versions

  • Microsoft EMET Free

    Votes: 20 32.8%
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free

    Votes: 23 37.7%
  • HitmanPro. Alert Free

    Votes: 18 29.5%
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Microsoft EMET vs Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit vs HitmanPro. Alert - Free versions
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Online_Sword

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As far as I know, the free version of HMP.A does not have the feature of anti-exploit, but still reserves the other features such as secure browsing. Following is a picture posted by @Azure Phoenix in the thread Anti Exploit Battle: Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit vs HitmanPro.Alert , which compares the difference between different versions of HMP.A. Please note that the features marked by the symbol "$" are only available in the paid version:


So, if you are looking for a free anti-exploit product, maybe you have to choose one from MBAE and EMET.
 

Hangtooth

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Sadly I agree, the paid HMP.A is my favourite anti-exploit, but once the trial period runs out it does nothing if you do not pay=(

Great product, but MBAE free is very good for free if you just want browser coverage. I have never messed with EMET myself.

I think @Umbra once rated the free and paid versions as HMPA > MBAE Premium > EMET > MBAE Free

Feel free to correct the hierarchy if I got it wrong or incomplete @Umbra
 
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if you want free, you have only one choice: EMET, it covers ALL apps; others cover only browsers.

what matters with anti-exploits is what they protect; resources usage and other stuff come after.
Is it better than MBAE premium? I don't mind switching too free one.
 

Hangtooth

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If you are paying I'd go for HMPA personally. I was in the same boat and had to choose between paying for one or the other at the end of the year myself. MBAE premium is a bigger company but HMPA covers a lot more, like adding crypto protection and a bunch of goodies on top of the anti-exploit protection. Plus the HMPA license lets you also use HMP on demand scanner fully. I think the free version does not do actual malware removals unless you pay.

The only worry with HMPA is they got bought out by Sophos so who knows what the long term plans are. For now they continue as usual.

EDIT: For free I agree with @Solarlynx below, MBAE Free.
 
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CMLew

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If you are paying I'd go for HMPA personally. I was in the same boat and had to choose between paying for one or the other at the end of the year myself. MBAE premium is a bigger company but HMPA covers a lot more, like adding crypto protection and a bunch of goodies on top of the anti-exploit protection.

The only worry with HMPA is they got bought out by Sophos so who knows what the long term plans are. For now they continue as usual.
I'm in the same boat as you. But if I have only Free as an option then it would be EMET.
 

Nightwalker

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I like MalwareBytes Anti Exploit Free better, in my experience it is lighter and trouble free compared to EMET and HMPA.

Hitman Pro Alert is a complete mitigation tool but it impacts my browsing speed and interface response so I dont use it anymore (but I like it), MBAE doesnt have any sistem impact at all and it is a simple "install and forget" experience.
 
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I think @Umbra once rated the free and paid versions as HMPA Premium > MBAE Premium > EMET > MBAE Free
this is correct.

Is it better than MBAE premium? I don't mind switching too free one.
check above

How is EMET's user friendliness compared to HMPA and MBAE's set and forget usage?
more complicated at beginning, need to be learned.

I like MalwareBytes Anti Exploit Free better, in my experience it is lighter and trouble free compared to EMET and HMPA.
MBAE free can't be better than EMET...

What is better against toxic chemicals: a free gas mask or a paid full anti-biohazard suit?
 

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Nightwalker

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Umbra said:
MBAE free can't be better than EMET...

What is better against toxic chemicals: a free gas mask or a paid full anti-biohazard suit?
Why it cant be? MBAE isnt all about mitigation like EMET, it has the "layer 4 - Application behavior protection".

"Layer 4 Application behavior protection Blocks sandbox escapes such as Java exploits, as well as exploits that abuse weak application design in Word, PowerPoint, and others. Last defense against exploits that bypass memory corruption mitigation."
The hook engine from MBAE is "faster" than EMET, so applications doesnt have startup problems and MBAE is much more ease to use, you dont need to configure anything and dont risk to messup.

What I like MBAE most is that it is "maintenance-free" ...

More info here:

https://pt.malwarebytes.org/pdf/datasheets/MBAEBDatasheet.pdf

While EMET is great and can mitigate more applications it isnt better than MBAE (it protects the essential for free anyway).

If one wants to mitigate every application outhere MBAE premium is always a option ...