How to install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform a scan of your PC

This article was modified on 2012-05-20 12:20:29

If you never used Malwarebytes Anti-Malware before, this article can guide you through the installation process and it will also show you how to update and perform a full scan. Obviously it`s written for beginners. First you would need to download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware ( the free edition ) on your computer. Once you do that, locate the setup file and let`s start. This is the first window. Open the file and you should see a similar window with this one :

Open file security warning
Click on the ``Run`` button to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and a new small window will appear, asking you to select your favorite language :

Select setup language - English
Now you should see a ``Welcome to the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard`` window. To continue the installation process, click on the ``Next`` button.

Welcome to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard

Make sure to read the terms listed in the ``License Agreement`` and if you agree with them, check the small box called ``I accept the agreement`` and click on ``Next`` button.

License Agreement
Another window named ``Information`` will show you the latest updates available for the current version. If you use your mouse scroll you can see all available updates. Click on the ``Next`` button to continue with the installation :

If you want to change the installation folder for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, you can do it in this window by using the ``Browse`` button and select a new location, otherwise leave it as it is and click on the ``Next`` button.

Select installation folder
Now you are being asked for program shortcuts. I chose to skip the creation of start menu folders, you can do it like in the following picture or you can leave it as it is. Press ``Next`` button to continue :

Select Start Menu Folder
The following window called ``Select Additional Tasks`` asks you again for additional icons. You can choose to create an icon for your desktop and a quick launch icon. I chose to create only an icon for my desktop but you can choose only a quick launch icon or even both of them. Again, press ``Next`` button to continue :

Create a desktop icon
Finally, the last window and after this you should see the installation progress. This window is only a confirmation before starting to install. If you need to make a change, press ``Back`` button and it will allow you to modify the setup before installing the program. Now, press ``Install`` button and the installation will start. The installation should not take you more than a couple of seconds or minutes so please be patient.

Ready to Install
After the installation is complete you should see the ``Finish`` button. Click on it if you want to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and to launch the program after the update is complete. Depending on your Internet
connection speed, your computer performance and the size of the update, this should finish in a couple of seconds or minutes.

Setup completed

Updating Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareIf the update was successful you should now see the following message.

Database successfully updated
Note: At the time that I wrote this article, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware offered me the full version for a trial period of 14 days. It`s the free version here but you have the chance to use it as a full version so if you see a similar window choose ``YES``. After 14 days it will reverse to the free version. When you activate the trial version you will see this window:

Protection is enabled
This is the  Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software interface. I also recommend you to choose to ``Perform a full scan`` and click on the ``Scan`` button to start the scanning process :

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware main interface

Note: When you select a full scan instead of a quick scan, you need to specify which drives to scan. I excluded the external drives such as a DVD ( empty ) and it`s going to scan my computer partitions ( I have 2 of them ) so make sure to select all computer drives that you have.

Select drives to scan
Once you do that, the scan will start. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will start to scan Windows for browser hijackers, tracking cookies, rootkits, executable files and the critical areas, Windows registry files, LSPs as well as the running applications. Depending on how many drives you have ( hard drive partitions ), how large they are and your computer resources it may take a while. When I performed this full scan it took me 40 minutes so you may want to do something else while he finish the scan.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan in progress

As you can see, after I scanned my system, there were no infections found.

The scan completed successfully

If it`s going to detect any infection with adware or malware I have included an older screenshot - this is how it looks ( approximately ) when infection is being detected. All you have to do is to make sure that all detected files are being selected and click on ``Remove selected`` button.

Infection found after Malwarebytes scan
And that`s it, you have learned how to install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and how to perform a full computer scan. Like any other security tool, the most important thing is to make sure that you always keep Malwarebytes Anti-Malware updated. Also make sure to perform a full scan at least once a week.

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