Malwarebytes Free is a fast scanner that takes 4 minutes and 57 seconds to run a Threat Scan that scans memory, registry, and startup data, as well as a detailed file system scan and a heuristics search. Although slower than AVG AntiVirus Free’s 1 minute and 36 seconds, Malwarebytes Free examined several more data.
Threat Scans are fast, but inspecting the entire machine is painfully slow. I was able to replicate the full scans of normal antivirus software by setting the Custom Scan to look at the entire C drive. Malwarebytes Free examined 359,273 files in 5 hours, 15 minutes, and 30 seconds, more than three times slower than Microsoft Defender. Since Malwarebytes does not index established good sectors, scan times will not decrease over time.
Malwarebytes Free has a user-friendly interface.
The dashboard of Malwarebytes Free is bright, open, and streamlined, with a large green arrow pointing down to the Scan Now button and indications indicating the last scan and malware-definition update times. The key categories of the software are Search (with the options of Threat Scan and Custom Scan), Exclusions (for whitelisting objects), Quarantine (for where suspicious items end up), and Reports (on the left) (details of recent scans).
The free version of Malwarebytes has a small Settings feature. For example, you can decline suspicious software selection in the Application portion, but the Play mode is not available.
Only paying customers to get Real-Time Protection and scan scheduling in the Protection area, which allows you to scan for rootkits and search inside archives. Finally, Account Details explains your license and provides links to your online account (if you have one), while About provides information about the new software version as well as useful links.
The Malwarebytes Task Tray applet is a hit-or-miss proposition. It allowed me to open the main GUI and force a malware-signature update, but it only allowed me to do so if I paid for the Premium edition.
Installation and support for Malwarebytes Free
Malwarebytes Free took me just 3 minutes and 40 seconds to download, install, and use. The setup file is 60.7MB in size. The progress of the installation is indicated by a bar.
Although you may install Malwarebytes Free without informing the company who you are, you will need to register to use the Malwarebytes online account, which allows you to remotely track your safety systems. I couldn’t opt out of data collection during installation, but I was able to do so later by going to the Application section of Settings and turning off the Use and Threat Statistics.
It’s simple to switch from the Malwarebytes interface to your online account and then to technical support. With its free offering, the company offers email-based technical support.
Malwarebytes Free vs. Malwarebytes Pro
Malwarebytes for Windows Free is a no-brainer to install and use because it supports and doesn’t interfere with your standard antivirus security. Malwarebytes is even more aggressive than any other antivirus application when it comes to removing legitimate but unwanted programs.
Simply start manual scans on a regular basis to keep your system safe, and make sure you’re not doing anything else at the same time, as the scans will slow down your system by adding a lot of overhead.
Public service announcement
Malwarebytes isn’t supposed to be your only line of protection against malware, but it does act as a buffer between your device and the wild online environment. Instead, read our Kaspersky Free Antivirus analysis if you want a single security package. Kaspersky Anti-Virus provides complete security without significantly slowing down a computer.
How to Use Malwarebytes to Scan Your Computer
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is free security software that will clean your device of all viruses and malware.
Before You Start Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a program that scans your machine for malware such as viruses and spyware and removes it.
When cleaning an infected machine, there are several steps to follow. We suggest that you go through all of the steps involved with Malwarebytes before running it. 248: How to scan and clean an infected device is a good place to start.
Malwarebytes can be downloaded, installed, and run.
Follow these steps to download, install, and run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is available for download.
- The download can be found at https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/.
- Before attempting to update, close all open programs on your computer.
- To get Malwarebytes for your device, click the Download Free button (Windows or Mac)
- To begin the installation, click the icon once it has finished downloading in your browser. If it didn’t save in your browser, look for it on your desktop or in your File
- Explorer (Windows) or Finder’s “downloads” folder (Mac). The setup process will begin once the setup file is opened.
- If your computer prompts you to allow the application to make changes, select Yes.
- It won’t take long to set up. It will open automatically once it has been downloaded.
- When the program first launches, follow the instructions. You are not required to purchase a license for the software, but you can do so if you wish. The free edition is adequate.
- After it opens, click Scan to begin your first scan. It’s possible that the scan will take several minutes.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will begin scanning right now. When the scan is finished, a screen will appear that displays any malware that was found, if any. Figure 1 shows a pending scan, while Figure 2 shows a completed scan that finds no threats:
What Do I Do If MalwareBytes Detects Threats on My PC?
If malware has been detected on your device, you may uninstall it by following the prompts in MalwareBytes to display the report and quarantine the threats once the scan is complete. After a scan has been done, go to the main page and press [Detection History] to handle the quarantined risks. The device may enable you to reboot the machine after the scan is finished and the threats have been quarantined. Repeat the scan after the machine has restarted to ensure there are no new risks.
Malwarebytes needs to be updated.
When Malwarebytes is installed, run the following commands to update it:
To access the settings, go to the launch page and press the gear icon in the top-right corner. In the far right corner, click the About button. On the left, you’ll see the
Malwarebytes edition that’s currently installed. To check for updates, click the Check for Updates tab.
If no updates are available, you are running the most recent edition. If you’re asked to install an update, do so and then run a search on your machine again.
Scan your machine after Malwarebytes has been modified.
Examine Your Personal Computer
After your initial scan, run the following commands to scan your device with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
- Enable Malwarebytes.
- Check to see if Malwarebytes is up to date (see above).
- Select Scan from the drop-down menu.
- Allow the scan to continue. If threats are discovered, obey the on-screen instructions to quarantine them.
You have now completed a MalwareBytes scan of your computer.