How to use MalwareBytes Antimalware – a tutorial

MalwareBytes’ Antimalware (MBAM) is a stunning performance free program that detects and repairs many known viruses and spyware.  When used in conjunction with other products it helps to form a strong barrier against known malware threats (viruses, spyware, trojans, worms etc).

How to use MalwareBytes’ Antimalware

Once a week if possible scan your pc by selecting Start, All Programs, MalwareBytes’ Antimalware, MalwareBytes Antimalware.  When the program opens select Update, Check for Updates then select Scanner, tick ‘Perform full scan’, and click on ‘Scan’.  At the end of the scan, a box pops up saying ‘The scan completed successfully’.  Click on OK then ‘Show results’.  Any infections are listed here with a tick next to them.  Simply click on ‘Remove selected’ to remove them.  Close the logfile (the text report) and reboot the PC

Most asked questions (I answer these virtually every day!)

Do I need to scan weekly without fail?

You don’t need to scan if you haven’t used the PC.  Weekly scans or when you have downloaded an installation program are very important.

Why do I need this if I have an antivirus program, eg AVG or Norton?

An antivirus gets rid of viruses and often some spyware, this program excels at malware (trojans, worms, spyware, adware) removal and detection.  Use the 2 programs combined for optimal protection.

Do the programs clash?

No. MBAM coexists with the majority of software quite happily

Why is it free?

It’s free because there is also a paid version of MalwareBytes that auto-updates and scans in ‘real time’

Is it really that good?

Oh yes, it’s currently the best-of-breed antimalware scanner.