Installing and Using Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes is a an application developed by Malwarebytes Corporation. It scans and removes malicious software, including rogue security software, adware and spyware.

Malwarebytes has both free and paid versions. The free version is manually run by a user when they would like to scan their PC. The paid version automatically scans files when they are opened, blocks IP addresses of malicious web sites, performs scheduled scans and scans programs while they are in use.

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click the free download link found at the bottom, under the Free Download column.
    Malwarebytes download page Malwarebytes download page
  3. Click on the program executable in the download box at the bottom of your browser.
    Malwarebytes run executable
  4. To continue with the installation, click Run.
    Malwarebytes run installation program
  5. When the User Account Control pop-up appears, click Yes to continue.
    Malwarebytes UAC option
  6. Select your setup language and click OK.
    Malwarebytes language option
  7. This will start a progression of setup steps. Click Next to continue.
    Malwarebytes installation options
  8. The next dialog box is to confirm the Software License Agreement. Click the I accept the agreement option. Click Next to continue.
    Malwarebytes Software License Agreement
  9. The next dialog is provides some important information. Read and click Next to continue.
    Malwarebytes important information option
  10. The next dialog box is for the installation directory. This will provide a default folder in your programs directory. Click Next to continue.
    Malwarebytes directory option
  11. You can change the name of your Start Menu folder if you wish. Click Next to continue.
    Malwarebytes start menu option
  12. If you'd like an icon on your desktop, click Next. Otherwise remove the checkmark from the Create a desktop icon and click Next.
    Malwarebytes desktop option
  13. Finally, click the Install button to start the installation of Malwarebytes to your PC.
    Malwarebytes install options complete
  14. The green bar will move to the right as the installation completes.
    Malwarebytes installing
  15. Remove the checkmark from the Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium box and click Finish.
    Malwarebytes finish installation and run
  16. When Malwarebytes is started it may automatically check for updates.
    Malwarebytes checking for updates
  17. Once updates have completed, click the Scan Now button.
    Malwarebytes scan now
  18. Depending on the amount of data on your computer as well as the frequency of your scanning, this may take upwards of an hour to complete.
    Malwarebytes scan running
  19. If threats are found, it will provide you with a list the number of items detected as well as the malware Threat, malware Category, file Type and file Location. Click the checkbox next to Threat and then click Remove Selected.
    Malwarebytes malware found
  20. Once the threats have been quarantined, it will prompt you to restart your computer. Click Yes.
    Malwarebytes restart computer
  21. If Malwarebytes does not find any threats, it will state that the Threat Scan completed successfully, and the threats identified will show 0. Click finish and close the program.
    Malwarebytes finished clean

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