Downloading Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on a Windows Computer

The manufacturer of the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program offers two versions: The "free" version that does not require a fee (i.e., freeware) and the "full" version that requires a fee. This program can be installed on a Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 computer. We recommend that this program be used for personal use only.

The full version of Anti-Malware provides a realtime protection module. You will not need this version because UD McAfee provides a similar module, and if you install the full version of Anti-Malware as well as UD McAfee, the programs can conflict and cause problems on your computer.


The following instructions are based on the freeware version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installed on a Windows 8 computer using the Firefox browser. If you are using a different version of Windows or a different browser, the images may appear slightly differently than those presented here. However, they should retain the same function.

To download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program (v. 1.75), follow these steps:

  1. Open a Web browser.
  2. Go to the Malwarebytes home page.
  3. Click the Free Version Download button.
  4. You will see a dialog box requesting whether you want to save the file, which should look similar to the following:

  5. exe file image

  6. Click Save File.
  7. Navigate to the location where you saved the file (typically your desktop). You will see the setup icon, which should look similar to the following:

  8. set up icon

  9. Double-click the mbam-setup icon.
  10. If you see the User Account Control dialog box, click Yes.
  11. In the Select Setup Language dialog box, choose the language of your choice.

    language choice dialog box

  12. Click OK.
  13. You will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard dialog box, which should look similar to the following:

  14. welcome screen

  15. Click Next. You will see the License Agreement dialog box.
  16. Click the radio button in front of I accept the agreement.
  17. Click Next. You will see the Setup dialog box.
  18. Click Next.
  19. In the Select Destination Location dialog box, click Next.
  20. In the Select Start Menu Folder dialog box, click Next.
  21. In the Select Additional Tasks dialog box, select the options you want and then click Next.
  22. In the Ready to Install dialog box, click Install.
  23. After installation is complete, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard dialog box again, which should look similar to the following:

  24. wizard screen

  25. Click Finish.
  26. The Malwarebytes Anti-Malware main menu dialog box will appear, which should look similar to the following:

    main menu screen

  27. To use the program, follow the instructions on how to use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
NOTE
You should scan your computer using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware at least once a week.