Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is a free antivirus program that can easily remove malicious software from your computer. It also has a paid version that can replace your current antivirus.
What does Malwarebytes offer?
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware (MBAM) comes in two versions. The first version is free, and comes with the ability to scan some or all files on your computer for computer viruses and malicious software (also called malware), and then remove any malware found. MBAM is exceedingly effective at malware removal.
The second version of MBAM costs $24.95 per year. With this subscription, the free version is augmented with real-time protection, malicious website blocking, automatic scan scheduling, and more. With this version, you really don’t need any other antivirus programs on your computer.
How do I get Malwarebytes?
The first step is deciding what version of MBAM you want. With the free version, you will likely still want an antivirus with real-time protection. Useful free programs include Panda Free Antivirus and AVG AntiVirus Free. If you’re happy using a paid antivirus like Kaspersky Anti-Virus or Norton AntiVirus, you could keep that installed.
If you want the paid version, you will need to uninstall any antivirus software you currently have. Please wait to do so until after you’ve downloaded MBAM, so you don’t need to access the internet unprotected. Each program is different, and some are incredibly difficult or annoying to remove, so it’s generally a good idea to visit your program’s website for instructions. After that, you’re ready to install MBAM.
Choose your version from the official Malwarebytes website and download it.
Now all you have to do is run the installer and follow the installation wizard.
How do I use Malwarebytes?
Scanning is easy. Go to the “Scan” tab, select the type of scan you’d like, and click “Scan now” to start.
If you have the premium version, you can schedule scans to run automatically in the “Settings” tab. Your real-time protection doesn’t need to be set up.
Congratulations, you’re now better prepared against malicious software infection. Remember to update if and when you’re prompted to.
Tip of the week: Antivirus software sometimes has trouble protecting you from yourself. Use common sense when installing anything.