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Malwarebytes Privacy VPN Review 2021 - High Cost, Basic VPN

Author Image Kristin Hassel
Kristin Hassel | Cybersecurity Researcher

Malwarebytes Privacy VPN is a secure VPN with plenty of advanced features. That said, it’s a bit spendy, needs to expand device compatibility, and has limited global server coverage. Still, with a few upgrades, it may eventually be able to compete with our top VPNs.

It offers users 380+ servers in over 32 countries, a small network but power is what matters. Malwarebytes Privacy VPN uses WireGuard, one of the fastest and possibly most secure protocols. Only a handful of VPNs are currently using WireGuard on any level, so it’s pretty impressive for a lesser-known VPN like Malwarebytes Privacy. Two other providers that offer WireGuard without compromising speeds are CyberGhost and ExpressVPN, which are my personal preferences.

Other security features include 256-bit encryption, a strict no-logs policy, and public wifi and hotspot protection. Malwarebytes Privacy VPN doesn’t log any user data including browsing history, DNS requests, IP addresses, bandwidth use, or connection logs. The one feature it lacks is a kill switch, which surprised me considering the advanced security features it does offer.

Malwarebytes Privacy VPN is compatible with Windows and macOS. The website says compatibility for iOS, Android, and Chrome is coming soon but there’s no release date as of yet.

Malwarebytes Privacy VPN isn’t for streaming fans. I couldn’t access Netflix, BBC iPlayer, or Amazon Prime Video, just YouTube content from different regions.

Netflix error screen

Geographical blocking despite the selection of a server in the appropriate country

If you need a VPN for streaming check out our top VPNs for movie lovers.

Users get unlimited data, speed, and bandwidth. While the server speeds were fast enough for torrenting and Malwarebytes Privacy VPN allows it, I would say torrent at your own risk. The lack of split tunneling means your location could be could compromised if the server fails.

Price $59.99/year
Money Back Guarantee 60
Does VPN keep logs? No
Number of servers 380
Number of devices per license 5
Kill switch Yes
Based in country United States
Supports torrenting No

Ease of Use

5.3

Malwarebytes Privacy VPN is easy to install and set up for both Windows and macOS. Users can access Settings to turn on auto-launch and auto-connect, as well as check for software updates.

Malwarbytes Privacy main interface

Malwarebytes Privacy Main UI

The on/off and server selection buttons are located on the main interface, and choosing a server location and connecting only takes a couple of clicks.

Compare Malwarebytes Privacy with the top alternative VPNs

9.9
9.5
9.3
9.3

Pricing

1.3
Privacy
$59.99 /year
Privacy + Premium
$99.99 /year

One subscription to Malwarebytes Privacy VPN allows up to 5 simultaneous connections. It offers two plans, Privacy and Privacy+Premium. The Privacy plan is just the VPN, while Privacy+Premium includes adware/malware protection and removal.

Its Privacy plan is charged all at once and costs $59.99 a year, roughly $4.99/mo. A bit spendy for a basic VPN with a smaller server network and no kill switch. The Privacy+Premium plan includes more features but costs almost twice as much at one payment of $99.99 a year, around $8.33/mo.

Malwarebytes Privacy VPN also offers a 7-day free trial, as well as a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Reliability & Support

3.3

The Malwarebytes website has a Support section with a special section for its Privacy VPN. It has installation and setup information, as well as troubleshooting guides.

Malwarebytes also has a chat support system that uses a bot, and anything it can’t answer redirects you to submit a ticket.

Malwarebytes Privacy chat

Malwarebytes Support Bot

The Bottom Line

A decent VPN but it isn’t ready to compete with the best just yet.

Malwarebytes Privacy VPN offers the basic protection VPN users are looking for, as well as some impressive features like the use of WireGuard protocol.

Still, the price tag is a bit outrageous for not offering a kill switch, split tunneling, or providing adequate server power or numbers for streaming global content.

Money Back Guarantee (Days) : 60
Mobile app :
Number of devices per license : 5

Malwarebytes Privacy User Reviews

5.7
Based on 6 reviews in 2 languages
Orca
Doesn't work with Netflix - 6
Orca -
Aug 9, 2021

Seems to work in general, but Netflix fails, haven't tried other streaming services but did use Bluestacks, and it worked fine on there. Great for getting better google store prices, for things like polish PLN and whatever, but not super great for streaming.

Sebastian
Its ok. - 6
Sebastian

I personally asked for my parents to bundle the premium and the VPN with hopes that it could bypass VPN filters like other VPNs. When I got the VPN I immediately noticed that it does not live up to its claims. My school instantly blocked the VPN but then I went to a FREE VPN called "ProtonVPN" which used OPENVPN and it was never once detected or blocked via the filter. I am so confused on how a free VPN out does a VPN that claimed to prevent censorship and filtering. I will be bringing my business elsewhere to a VPN that isn't so basic that you cannot change the VPN port to bypass the filter like ProtonVPN.

DB
Waste of Money - 2
DB

Tried every server on the list. Speed was, at best, 45% of speed when not using VPN. Easy to use but the performance was the worst I have experienced with any VPN I have used. Assumed the quality would be the same as their Malware but not even close. Don't waste your money.

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