Malwarebytes Privacy VPN
- Week-long free trial for Windows and macOS devices
- Available for $59.99 for a year, or, bundled with antivirus software for an extra $40
- Coverage for Macs and PCs only, no mobile apps
Having tested out dozens of VPNs and looked at their pricing, it’s safe to say that we know what’s fair to pay. Malwarebytes, in addition to their antivirus software, also has a VPN with separate pricing and also bundles. Here, we’ll go over your payment options and most importantly, whether or not it’s worth it.
VPN Subscription Options
Malwarebytes keeps it pretty simple when it comes to pricing. You can either buy their VPN alone for $59.99 a year, which covers five devices or bundle it with their antivirus software for $99.99 a year. However, this antivirus protection doesn’t extend to the Mac or the PC devices, only Androids and Chrome.
|Privacy||Premium + Privacy|
|Number of Devices Covered||5||5|
|Devices Covered||Mac, PC||Mac, PC for VPN, antivirus protection also included on Android and Chrome|
|Protection against malware, ransomware, online threats||X||✓|
|Cost per Month||$5.00||$8.33|
Price-wise, Malwarebytes comes in pretty low, especially if you buy the VPN on its own. However, we wish they had month-to-month contracting instead of just yearly. And while we’re on that topic, why not have more subscription options than just a year? We usually see longer, discounted options, so we were a bit underwhelmed by the (lack of) choices we got with the Malwarebytes VPN.
On a lighter note, we tried out this VPN for free on our Mac and Windows computers for a week. This is a pretty typical trial length for VPNs with free trials. Note that the free trial is for the Privacy package, meaning VPN-only, but it’ll still cover the same number of devices, five. The best part is that they didn’t skimp on features; rather, the free trial VPN will be exactly the same as the paid Privacy VPN.
FYI: Although the Malwarebytes VPN currently only works on Mac and Windows devices, the company claims that iOS and Android apps are in the works.
Getting A Refund
While there’s no way to get a refund on the Privacy VPN, at least that we could find, you can turn off auto-renewal so you won’t be charged next year. Here’s how:
- Log into your Malwarebytes account.
- Go to the Payments tab.
- Click the pencil icon under Active Subscription.
- Turn off the auto-renewal in the pop-up window and choose your reason for canceling.
- Look out for a confirmation email.
Tip: If the pencil icon doesn’t show up, submit a support ticket instead.
Our Favorite Features
This page focuses on pricing. However, pricing information isn’t complete without some context about what you’re actually paying for. Here’s what we liked the most about the Privacy VPN.
No Traffic Logging
Another win for privacy is the fact that the Privacy VPN uses AES-256, which the U.S military also uses for encryption, so you know it’s strong. This assured us that we were truly browsing the web privately when we had Malwarebytes connected.
Relatively Low Prices
Sure, Malwarebytes isn’t one of the cheapest VPNs we’ve ever tested, but it’s far from the most expensive (we’re looking at you, ExpressVPN!). And while we’re not thrilled that we could only sign up for a year, at least that came out to $5 a month, which didn’t put too big a hole in our pockets.
Seven Day Trial
We also liked the fact that Malwarebytes let us try out their Privacy VPN for free for a week. That was more than enough time to conduct our initial speed tests and see how it worked with the most popular streaming services like Netflix.
Servers In More Than 30 Locations
While Malwarebytes is far from the most expansive VPN we’ve ever seen, they do have more than 370 servers across 30 locations. We recommend doing the free trial to see if there’s a server near you. Remember, distance to the server can greatly impact your browsing speed, so take advantage of that trial period!
Can I Get A Discount?
If you want to buy the Privacy VPN and get a discount, unfortunately, that’s not possible with Malwarebytes. They only have discounts for their Premium package, which includes their antivirus software only. That being said, here’s how much you can save:
|Number of Devices||Cost Per Device Per Year||Total Amount Billed Per Year||Compatible Devices||Savings|
|1||$39.99||$39.99||Windows, Mac, Android||0%|
|3||$20||$59.99||Windows, Mac, Android||50%|
|5||$16||$79.99||Windows, Mac, Android||60%|
|10||$13||$129.99||Windows, Mac, Android||67%|
Savings For Students
Again, this only applies to the antivirus software only, but if you’re registered with Student Beans, you can get four years for only $5, discounted over 95 percent from $39.99. Talk about a good VPN for school!
More Free Tools
Aside from the week-long free trial of the Privacy VPN, Malwarebytes had a few more free tools for us to use at our disposal.
- Browser Guard: Browser Guard is a secure browser that blocks things like tracking, scam websites, and ads. On Chrome and Firefox, it’s free forever! However, it’s no replacement for a VPN as your Internet Service Provider will still be able to see your device’s IP address and web traffic.
- AdwCleaner: This adware cleaner will remove any junkware or other unwanted programs from your Windows 7, 8, or 10 computer. Unfortunately, it won’t work if you have a Mac or Linux computer, and it’s not compatible with any mobile devices, either.
- Antivirus software: If you’re using a Windows or iOS device, you can try out Malwarebytes’ antivirus software for 30 days before paying. Learn more on our Malwarebytes antivirus costs page.
Malwarebytes Company History
Founded 12 years ago in 2008, Malwarebytes is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. But while that may be a beautiful place to be in, it’s not ideal for a VPN company. Why? Because the U.S is a member of Five Eyes, so technically, the government could force them to give over customer data. That being said, Malwarebytes’ strict logging policy assuages our anxiety, so we’re okay with the fact that they’re based in the U.S of A.
Let’s go back in time. By 2014, six years after its founding, Malwarebytes had been downloaded onto 250 million different computers around the world or about one in five functioning business computers. In 2016, they had over $100 million in bookings,1 and the company continues to grow as it acquires businesses and creates new products. And unlike many other of the best antivirus companies, they haven’t been apart of any major security breaches in the vein of Bitdefender.2 All in all, there were no major red flags in Malwarebytes’ background, save for their headquarters in the U.S.
Malwarebytes VPN Apps
As of now, Malwarebytes lacks iOS and Android apps (but we’ll keep our eyes peeled). That being said, they do have Windows and MacOS apps, both of which we tried out in our testing.
Not all Windows and Mac computers will work with Malwarebytes, however. For example, when we tried to use the app on our 2011 Macbook Pro, we found out that it wasn’t compatible. For Macs, you’ll need MacOS Catalina 10.15.4 or higher. For Windows devices, on the other hand, you’ll need at least Windows 7.
Downloading the Apps
We downloaded the Mac app straight from their website, as it didn’t seem to be visible in the App store. It was the same for Windows; nothing came up when we searched for Malwarebytes VPN in the Microsoft Store, so we found it easier to download directly from the website. This wasn’t the most seamless process in the world, but we got there somehow.
Maybe you’re having issues downloading their MacOS app, or maybe you want to ask a sales team member for more information. If the online support center isn’t helping you get the information you need, you can live chat a bot (which is basically like searching through their online help center). Unfortunately, there’s no phone support available, and emailing seems to only be available to the press (who can email email@example.com) or businesses interested in buying software (who can call sales at 1-800-520-2796). But if you’re a regular old customer who needs help, you aren’t going to get it from a real life human who works at Malwarebytes. Rats!
Bug Bounty Program
If you find a vulnerability in any of Malwarebytes’ products, you can get between $100 and $1,000, depending on how severe and exploitable it is. To see what you can get, email your bug to firstname.lastname@example.org. That’s one way to make some extra cash!
While Malwarebytes didn’t exactly delight us with subscription options galore, if you want VPN coverage for a Windows or MacOs computer for a year, then they’re an affordable option. Not sure? Try it out for seven days; it won’t cost you a thing.
The Questions We Get The Most
Read on to see the answers to our most frequently asked questions.
How much does the Malwarebytes VPN cost?
After the seven-day free trial is over, the Malwarebytes VPN costs $59.99 a year, which covers up to five devices.
Is there still a free version of the Malwarebytes VPN?
There isn’t technically a free version of the Malwarebytes VPN, only a free trial that lasts a week. Beyond that, it costs $59.99 a year.
Does the Malwarebytes VPN collect data?
No, the Malwarebytes VPN does not collect any data aside from the public key that establishes the VPN connection. It does not log websites visited, IP addresses or bandwidth usage information.
Does Malwarebytes come with a VPN?
Malwarebytes only comes with a VPN if you choose the Privacy or Premium + Privacy packages. The Premium package on its own does not contain a VPN, only antivirus software.
Malwarebytes. (2016). Malwarebytes Raises $50 Million Investment from Fidelity.
Cointelegraph. (2015). BitDefender Hacked; Passwords Unencrypted and Hacker to be Paid in BTC.