Your computer is constantly at risk from malware such as Viruses, Trojans, Spyware and more. Anti-Virus software keeps Viruses and many Trojans at bay, but there are a slew of other baddies out there.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware specializes in finding and eradicating malware. The program scans your computer for malware and if found, gives you the option to remove it. The free version, available for download from the Malwarebytes' website, has the following limitations: manual scanning, no scheduling or automatic updates (updates and scans must be done manually). It allows you to manually scan for and remove malware already present in your system but does not stop malware from being installed because it does not include the Realtime Protection Module. For most people the limitations in the free version pose no problems but if you prefer to have real-time protection, scheduled scanning and scheduled updating, the one time fee for the paid (registered) version is only $24.95.
Once the software is installed, you will have two methods of running a scan:
Opening the program (found in your start menu) will take you to the Scanner Tab where you will chose from either a quick scan or a full scan. I recommend a full scan for a first time scan. Once you are sure there is no hidden malware lurking about, you can choose to perform quick scans which are much faster.
When the scan completes you will get a summary stating length of time for the scan and it's results:
- Right-clicking any file will give you the option to scan it with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. A few seconds is all it takes to scan individual files in this manner.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a great tool to add to your online protection arsenal. It does not interfere with your AntiVirus or Internet Security Suit (it will not cause conflicts with them) and is an excellent layer of protection to add to your computer. Run the software at least once a month or more often if you'd prefer. The quick scan takes only a few minutes and is time well spent for your peace of mind and safety online.
To read more about the software or download, visit the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware website.