Downloading and installing Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware on a Windows computer

The manufacturer of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware application offers two versions: The "free" version that does not require a fee (i.e., freeware) and the "full" version that requires a fee. This application can be installed on a Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 computer.

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 applications can conflict and cause problems on your computer.

These instructions are based on the freeware version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware installed on a Windows 7 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 contained here. However, they should retain the same function.

NOTE
You should scan your computer using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware at least once a week.

To download and install Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware application, follow these steps:

  1. Open a Web browser application.
  2. Link to the Malwarebytes' home page, which should look similar to the following:

malwarebytes' home page

  1. Click the Download free version button. You will see a new Web site appear. In the following example, the new Web site is "cnet.download.com," but you may see a different download site such as "MajorGeeks.com."

malwarebytes screen shot

  1. Click the Download Now button. You will see a dialog box requesting whether to save the file, which should look similar to the following:

set up window

  1. Click Save File.
  2. Navigate to the location where you saved the file (typically your desktop). You will see the set-up icon, which should look similar to the following:

malwarebytes exe icon

  1. Double-click the mbam-setup icon.
  2. The Select Setup Language dialog box should appear. Select the language of your choice.
  3. You will see Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Setup Wizard window, which should look similar to the following:

malwarebytes wizard

  1. Click Next. You will see the License Agreement dialog box.
  2. Click the radio button in front of I accept the agreement.
  3. Click Next. You will see the Setup dialog box.
  4. In the Select Destination Location dialog box, click Next.
  5. In the Select Start Menu Folder dialog box, click Next.
  6. In the Select Additional Tasks dialog box, select the options you want and then click Next.
  7. In the Ready to Install dialog box, click Install.
  8. After installation is complete, you will see the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Setup Wizard window again, which should look similar to the following:

finish window

  1. Click Finish.
  2. The Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware welcome window will appear, which should look similar to the following:


     
  3. To use the application, follow the instructions on how to use the Anti-Malware application.