Malwarebytes-LogoMalwarebytes is a popular anti-malware software title that has been available to users since 2008. When first released, the Malwarebytes Corporation did not realize just what a gem it had developed. Many Internet users who have been infected by malware swear by the free version of this software. While Malwarebytes comes in a free and paid version, the free version is more than enough for the average web surfer.

The primary difference between the free and paid versions is that in the former, you must run scans manually as you have no real-time protection the paid version offers. If you have not checked out what Malwarebytes can do for your computer, using our guide is the perfect way to get started.

How to use Malwarebytes

Make sure you have downloaded and installed Malwarebytes from its website before continuing. Once installed, open Malwarebytes.

You will be greeted by its main screen. Do not get overwhelmed by a number of tabs in the program, they each have a purpose and are easy to use. Let’s go through all the tabs one at a time to understand how this software works.

Malwarebytes main screen

When you open Malwarebytes, you will be able to begin scanning your system for malware right away. Malwarebytes offers three types of scans: Quick, full and flash.

A quick scan does a fast search of the most common malware found on computer systems. A full scan will search for every threat in Malwarebytes’ library in just about every inch of your computer. A flash scan will only work with items in memory and autorun objects. A full scan includes a flash scan.

Simply pick the type of scan you wish to perform, then click “Scan.”

Quick scan

Depending on the scan and size of your system, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour. Just let Malwarebytes do its thing.

Scan complete

When the scan is complete, a pop-up will appear to let you know.

You can also see how long the scan took and what objects it found and scanned in the main screen.

The scan completed successfully.

If you have any active threats, you will be given the options to quarantine and remove them as well as go through the logs to see where the malware was hiding.

Now, click the “Protection” tab.

Protection

This area is only available in the paid version of Malwarebytes. This is where you can configure real-time protection for your computer.

Next, click on the “Update” tab.

Update

This is where you can update Malwarebytes library to help it deal with the latest malware threats.

Before you complete any scan, you should check for new updates by navigating to this tab and clicking “Check for Updates.”

Updating Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

A pop-up will appear that will either begin downloading the latest update or telling you no updates are available.

Successful update

When finished, another pop-up will alert you that the database has been successfully updated to the latest version.

Click on “Quarantine.”

Quarantine

Any malware items that have been quarantined will be stored here for you to delete or restore at your choosing.

Click on “Logs.”

Logs

Any logs that are saved will be available for you to review here. You can also delete them when you are ready to do so.

Click on “Ignore List.”

Ignore List

Sometimes Malwarebytes, and other programs will flag items on your system that are not in fact threats. If you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that a particular item is not a threat, you can add it to the ignore list in Malwarebytes.

Now, click the “Settings” tab.

General Settings

This is where you can change the settings for how Malwarebytes works. When you click this tab, it gives you the general settings for the program.

Click on “Scanner Settings.”

Scanner Settings

This allows you to choose options for how Malwarebytes scans your systems, regardless of the scan you choose. For most users, you want to ensure all options are checked for maximum protection.

Click on “Updater Settings.”

Updater Settings

Again, for most users, leaving these settings as is the way to go. These are just settings for how Malwarebytes uses the Internet to make sure that the program is up to date.

If you do not have the paid version of Malwarebytes, you will not be able to click on Scheduler Settings.

This feature is only available in the full version.

If you do, a pop-up will appear that lets you know you need the paid version to continue.

Click on “More Tools.”

More Tools

If you have the free version, FileASSASSIN is included in Malwarebytes. This allows you to delete undeletable files or folders that might be locked or otherwise not able to be deleted the old fashioned way.

To get started with FileASSASSIN, click “Run Tool.”

Open

Select the file causing the issue, then click “Open.”

This file will be permanently deleted.

Malwarebytes will confirm with you that you want to delete the file. If you are sure, click “Yes.”

The file was deleted successfully.

You will then receive confirmation that the file or folder was in fact deleted.

Finally, click the “About” tab.

About

This will give you some brief information about Malwarebytes along with the links to its website and help files.

Malwarebytes is easy to use as you can see from the walk-through we have provided. Give it a try to eliminate any threats and make sure that your operating system safe from malware.

Do you need adware protection, spyware help, and Malwarebytes?

There are hundreds of programs out there that protect computers from adware, spyware, and malware. For most users, these threats are interchangeable and often they are but the way you seek out and destroy them is what makes having multiple programs available handy to make sure your computer is safe. Malwarebytes is the must have anti-malware software for all computer users.

While other programs will find threats, not every program will catch every threat so by utilizing Malwarebytes along with other adware and spyware software, you can ensure your system’s safety from just about every threat possible online.

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  • Nice clear review. Malwarebytes is one of the best free scanners (it would be even better if they produced a portable version too). It’s also pretty safe to use – whilst some care is required it doesn’t seem to flag false positives or quarantine valid system files.

    It is best run in normal Windows although it can be run in Safe Mode if required (but not as thorough). To remove all malware you really need to run it once on EACH user account as it doesn’t seem to detect other user’s registry items.

    • I agree. A portable version would be quite useful.