Malwarebytes Techbench Offers Industrial Strength Malware Removal on a USB Stick

You probably carry with you or have at home a USB thumb drive filled with malware removal tools and other security software. After all, once word gets out that you know a thing or two about computers, the requests from family and friends to fix their PCs come fast and furious, and a self-assembled toolkit can make these repair jobs easier and less time consuming. Security firm Malwarebytes has taken this idea and built what it calls a USB-based "Techbench," which is essentially a professional grade anti-malware USB stick.

You plug the Techbench into an infected PC and it will get busy automatically detecting and removing spyware, Trojans, worms, and other forms of malware, Malwarebytes says. It's a no-fuss solution that doesn't require installing any software. You don't even have to hover over the process and twiddle your thumbs as it gets to work, because it runs in silent mode for all major operations; everything is automated.

Malwarebytes Techbench

It updates itself prior to scanning, and if malware tries to block the program from running, it uses the company's Chameleon technology to hide from malware and run anyway. If a restart is necessary, Techbench will perform one without you having to be there. Once it's finished, you can view a scan log for each scanned system in its own individual folder for easy reference. You can also have it install Malwarey Anti-Malware when it's all done scanning and neutralizing malware.

Finally, the other thing worth mentioning is that Malwarebytes left 15GB of free space on the Techbench so you can carry around your own programs and tools, negating the need for multiple USB thumb drives.

It's all pretty snazzy, though the price is sure to scare some users off. The Techbench is currently being offering for $400/year, a special introductory offer that's $100 less than its normal selling price.