Malware Bytes is NOT an anti-virus solution. It is however one of the best tools for removing malware from your system including viruses, adware, PuPs (potentially unwanted programs) and trojans. As an IT engineer it is one of the main tools in my arsenal for combating system infections and I run it every quarter on my own system to hunt down anything that may have crept through my security software (Kaspersky).
The first thing to do is to download MalwareBytes from a safe source. I use the download service at CNET.com. Do a browser search for ‘cnet malwarebytes’ and you’ll find it. This is important as, as with other popular free applications, criminals and hackers target such apps and frequently load false download locations. By using CNET (or similar) you know that you are getting the correct code, virus and malware free.
When installing accept the license and the default directories and finally ensure that you remove the tick from the trial of the full version (which is not free). Finally click Finish.
MalwareBytes will now finish installing and will open at the main scan page. You will probably see that the first thing that happens is that the tool uses the internet to update its database with the latest information indicated by the blue bar next to Database Version. This is important as this is where MalwareBytes keeps all the relevant information about the latest malware so let it finish before continuing.
Once done click on the SCAN button.
The application now scans your system, memory and disk searching out any malware that matches its database clearly identifying the stage it is working on by green progress markers. Note that if you have a lot of disk space and data then this may take some time.
When complete a results window will be displayed listing all of the malware found during the scan. Select the items you want to remove (if they are not already selected) and click on Remove Selected.
MalwareBytes will now attempt to remove the infections and will report status when complete.
That’s it you’re done!
A note on PuPs:
As the name suggests these are POTENTIALLY unwanted programs. Malwarebytes will flag these up but check the information for a PuP as it may be a program that you want to keep. Most of the time it won’t be but it is worth checking.