Installing/Registering Malwarebytes AntiMalware

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In this article:

bulletBackground - Why Do INeed AntiMalware?
bulletPurchasing a Malwarebytes AntiMalware License
bulletInstalling Malwarebytes AntiMalware
bulletRegistering your Malwarebytes AntiMalware License, Enabling Protection, and Scheduling Updates and Scans

Background - Why Do I Need AntiMalware:

There is a new class of malware, mainly fake antivirus programs that disable most internet access and disable antivirus and antispyware programs.  They look like real antivirus programs and prompt you to send money to download their cure.  If you do, they will charge your credit card over and over.  Once a PC is infected, it can take several hours of specialized cleaning, including removing the hard drive for an initial clean attached to another computer, which usually costs in the neighborhood of $250!

Malwarebytes AntiMalware has been shown to be effective in removing this malware, if the latest version and latest updates are on your computer before the virus hits.  The paid version can be set to update hourly, can run in the background like antivirus programs to protect you from opening infected files, and can be set to do a full system scan on a schedule you specify.  It should be used in addition to your regular antivirus program.

Master Software recommends that you purchase licenses for and install Malwarebytes AntiMalware on all your computers.  There is no guarantee that this will prevent you from getting one of these obnoxious and costly problems, but we believe it will provide reasonable protection for a reasonable price.

Qty. Unit Price You save
1 $24.95 0 %
2 $22.45 10 %
3 to 9 $19.95 20 %
10 to 20 $18.75 25 %

Purchasing a Malwarebytes AntiMalware license:


Click the Malwarebytes Logo 


bulletA new window opens.  You need 1 license per PC.  If you change the quantity, the unit price may update (see price table above) and the total will update.
bullet Enter your delivery address, billing address if different from shipping address, and payment information.  Complete your order.
bullet When your order is complete, you will see a screen with your order number and the ID and Key to be entered into the program.  Print out that page for your records.  You will also have the opportunity to print a receipt.

Installing Malwarebytes AntiMalware (If the Free version is already installed, you can skip to the next section):

bullet Click the link provided on the order completion page to download and install Malwarebytes AntiMalware.  Accept all the defaults.

Registering your Malwarebytes AntiMalware License, Enabling Protection, and Scheduling Updates and Scans:

bullet Open Malwarebytes AntiMalware and click the Protection tab.

bullet Click the Register button.


bullet Enter your ID and Key from your Order Completion page or email, and then click the Register button.
bulletClick to check the box "Enable Protection Mode".  Leave the checkmarks that appear in the next set of boxes.
bulletClick the Scheduler button.
bulletThen click the Add button.

bulletFor Type, click Scan:
bulletSet Frequency to Daily
bulletEnter a time when the computer is likely to be on, but not being used (you can type over the time shown).
bulletSet Type to Full Scan.
bulletCheck the boxes as shown in the example to the right.
bulletWhen done, click the Add button to add your scan to the list of scheduled items.

bulletFor Type, click Update:
bulletSet Frequency to Hourly
bulletSelect a starting time, but this is not critical.  You can leave whatever is shown.
bulletCheck the Wake computer from sleep to perform task button.
bulletWhen done, click the Add button to add your update to the list of scheduled items.

bulletAt the top of the Scheduler screen, there should be a line for Update and a line for Full Scan:

bulletClick the Exit button on the Malwarebytes AntiMalware main screen.

Malwarebytes AntiMalware will now run in the background checking files that you download and open.  It will also update its definitions and perform a Scan according to the schedule you set up.