There has been a battle between security software and malware authors for many years. Malware authors create increasingly intelligent viruses and other malware, and security software quickly learns how to deal with these new threats.
One of the things that malware sometimes does is to disable any security software that is running. This is so that you cannot run a virus scan and clean up the infection. Malware can also prevent you from running tools like Task Manager, from downloading antivirus and other tools, and so on.
To prevent you from using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to clean up a computer, for example, the malware might block any attempt to download the security software, to run the setup program if you did manage to download it, or even to run the program after it has been installed.
Malwarebytes Chameleon is a free utility that is designed to get around this problem. It is a zip file and after extracting the contents, there is a list of programs, such as Firefox.com, iexplore.exe, rundll32.exe and so on.
You can use any of these programs because they actually all perform the same function. The reason why there are so many and why they have the names they do, is to try to fool the malware. The Malware might think you are running Firefox or a Windows system file from looking at the filename. None of the files look like security software, so the malware doesn’t block them.
These programs open a command prompt window and then they download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in a way that will not be detected by malware, and so it will not be blocked.
After downloading the security program, known malicious processes are killed, and Anti-Malware is run automatically. It scans the disk and removes viruses and other malware.
It is useful to keep Chameleon on the disk and to update it occasionally so that it is the latest version. If your PC is ever infected, you can unzip it and run it to clean the system.
The other useful tool you may not be familiar with is Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, which is designed to add protection to web browsers. Malware sometimes infects websites and when you visited a compromised site, flaws in the web browser can be exploited in order to infect your computer.
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit repels these kinds of attack and it makes it much harder for malware to infect the computer. The idea is that you can use this with your existing security software and it is not intended to be used on its own.
There is not much to configure with the free version and it just works. Just install it and forget it. If you want to extend the protection beyond the browser to other software, a Premium version can be purchased.