Malwarebytes is a great program for scanning your computer to remove malware, viruses, hijackers, trojans, etc.
We’re going to use the free version in this guide. The free version can be used as what’s called an “on-demand scanner“, which means it won’t clash with your normal Anti Virus program.
The paid-for version is a full-time Anti Virus program, and you really shouldn’t have 2 anti-virus programs on your computer at the same time. Which means you’d have to remove your current AV program.
You can install the free version of Malwarebytes onto your PC without having to disturb your current Anti Virus program.
Click the link below –
Or simply Google it.
When you get to the Malwarebytes download page, scroll down a little and click the DOWNLOAD FREE button.
Be sure you’re in the FOR HOME section and you’re downloading the Windows version.
Save the file onto either your Desktop or Downloads folder.
Then launch the setup process either from within your browser.
Or, if you saved it to your Desktop, you can close your browser and start the setup from there.
Double left-click the file, MBSetup.
We Have Detected – Message From Malwarebytes.
If you see this message from Malwarebytes, it’s because you already have an anti-virus program running on your computer.
The best thing to do is to turn off, or pause, your current antivirus. Just while we do a malware scan with Malwarebytes. We’ll turn it back on afterwards.
Pausing Your Current Anti Virus.
Click the SHOW HIDDEN ICONS arrowhead. It’s down there by the clock.
A small window will open.
You should be able to find your anti-virus program amongst those icons.
If you’re not sure which icon relates to your AV, then move your pointer over each in turn.
The icon’s name will appear.
In my case, I’ve got Kaspersky AV installed.
Right-click your AV’s icon and a menu opens.
Somewhere on that menu, you’ll have an option to turn off or pause or disable the protection.
Left-click the option
Exactly what it’ll say will depend on your AV. Some examples are –
Avast – Disable Shields. Norton – Disable Autoprotect. MacAfee – Turn off real-time scanning.
If you’re using something different, a quick search on Google will point you in the right direction.
Continuing To Install Malwarebytes.
Once you’ve paused your current Anti Virus, click the NO button to continue with the Malwarebytes installation.
Windows User Account Control will probably kick in.
Check that it’s Malwarebytes Setup that’s trying to run, and then click the YES button.
You may see a message telling you that your computer might need to be re-started.
If you see the message, make sure you’ve saved anything important you’re working on, and then click the YES button.
The next few screens you’ll see are the installation windows.
Working from left to right –
Click Personal Computer then the Install button, watch it install, and finally we’re ready to go, click the GET STARTED button.
After clicking the GET STARTED button, you’ll be presented with 3 more screens before you get into Malwarebytes proper.
Setting Up Malwarebytes.
Now that you’ve got Malwarebytes safely installed, it’s time to look at the settings.
The Malwarebytes user window opens.
And this is where we go to work.
The first thing to consider is REAL-TIME PROTECTION.
When you install Malwarebytes for the first time, you automatically get a free 14 day trial of the premium (paid for) version.
And with the premium version, you get Real-Time Protection. You can see it’s turned on at the moment.
This is why we turned off our usual Anti Virus earlier. With Malwarebytes Real-Time Protection turned on, it’s acting too much like an Anti Virus program, and that’ll cause issues.
So if you’re using something like Norton, Kaspersky, Mcaffee, Avast, or any other AV, we need to turn Real-Time Protection off.
If you’re only using Windows defender, then it’s fine to leave it alone.
Turning Off Real Time Protection – Malwarebytes.
There are 2 ways to turn Real-Time Protection off.
First, you can simply click each option in turn.
Or you can switch from the 14 day trial of the Premium version to the Free version right now.
To switch to the free version of Malwarebytes, click the Settings button (the gear wheel) in the top right corner of the window.
When the Settings page opens, click the ACCOUNT tab.
On the Accounts tab, click DEACTIVATE.
Doing that will switch you onto the Free Version of Malwarebytes.
Please note, that once you do this, you can’t reactivate the trial.
It’s a one time, one way option.
When you’ve deactivated the premium trial, click the X in the top right corner to get back to Malwarebytes main screen.
Regardless of which method you’ve used to turn Real-Time Protection off.
It’s off now and not going to cause any unforeseen problems later.
If you think you might be buying Malwarebytes in the future, then it’s worth using the first method to turn off Real-Time Protection, because you can turn it back on again and take advantage of the 14-day trial.
If you’re not in the market for buying, then use the second method. Which happens to be my favourite.
The most important thing here is that you definitely don’t want 2 Anti Virus programs running at the same time on your computer.
Malwarebytes Scan Settings
OK, now we’ve got Malwarebytes installed and Real-Time Protection is off.
We’ve only got a few more settings to change and we’re ready to make that first scan.
Click the settings icon in the top right corner of the window (the gear wheel).
On the Settings page, click the GENERAL tab.
On the General tab, click the CHECK FOR UPDATES button.
Since you’ve only just downloaded and installed Malwarebytes, you’d expect it to be bang up to date, but you never know. It’s well worth taking a moment or two to check.
If there are updates, you’ll see a progress bar as they download & install. Once they’re done, click the OK button.
After doing the updates, click on the SECURITY tab.
Scroll down the page, until you get to the SCAN OPTIONS section.
Turn on all options by clicking the switches.
Usually, SCAN FOR ROOTKITS and USE EXPERT SYSTEM ALGORITHMS etc are turned off.
We want all 4 options to be turned on.
Scanning for rootkits would normally be your regular Anti Virus’s job, but since Malwarebytes can do it, we may as well let it have a look to see if anything has been missed.
That’s all the settings we need to change.
Close the Settings page by clicking the X in the top right corner.
Scanning Your Computer.
All we need to do now is to click the SCAN button, and Malwarebytes will jump into action, and check through our PC.
As Malwarebytes scans your computer for threats, you can keep an eye on just how many it’s found by checking the Detections counter.
If this is the first time you’ve used Malwarebytes, you may be surprised at just how many threats it picks up.
When the scan has finished, you’ll be presented with the results page.
If your computer is clean, brilliant, close Malwarebytes using the X in the top right corner.
But if like me, you’ve got issues, click the QUARANTINE button.
Quarantining works by removing the detected threats from your computer and dropping them into a secure area from which they can’t escape. So they’re made safe.
All the threats that Malwarebytes detected will be moved to quarantine. After that’s been done, it’s quite usual for a restart to be needed, so click the YES button.
After the restart, You’ll see the Threat Scan Summary page. Click the DONE button and then close Malwarebytes using the X in the top right corner.
What To Do Next?
Now that you’ve cleaned your computer, you’ve got 2 choices.
You can uninstall Malwarebytes, it’s done its work, so it can go How To Uninstall Programs & Apps In Windows 10 & 11.
Or you can leave it in place. Leaving it installed gives you the option of easily running scans in the future.
Regardless of what you do about Malwarebytes, if you disabled your current Anti Virus, then make sure to re-enable it.
Don’t forget now.
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