Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How to Use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

In my article 2014 Update On Malicious Programs I promised to write about how to correctly use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM). Here it is.

Allow me to repeat the short installation instructions:

MBAM is a time proven product and available in a totally sufficient free version. You have to watch during the original install and when you install a program update. The last window of the installer looks like this:

Please pay attention to the marked entry; it's check box is preselected! That means the “trial version” will be activated and after the trial period ends you would have to pay for using the program.

You have to uncheck this check mark.

Eventually the program itself needs to be updated; the installer will run again and again you have to pay attention to this little detail to avoid the for-pay version!

And now to what the title promises.

After you start MBAM you see this window:

I recommend to always click on Update Now; this is where the cursor points in the screen shot. Let the program work until you see that the database has been updated:

Do you see the check mark by Database Version (see the cursor).

Then you click on the big green button labeled Scan Now.

The program window will show the progress:

When MBAM finishes scanning it may either show that no traces of malware were detected:


Or it shows this window listing encountered traces of malware (a real life example from a customer's computer):

The free version of MBAM does not allow to select different action(s). Experience has shown that the program's suggested action is appropriate.

My recommendation is to follow MBAM's suggested actions and to click on Apply Actions. When that action has finished you can close MBAM.

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