In part one of this article, we looked at how to fight a malware infection by downloading and installing Malwarebytes.
Today in part 2, let’s take a look at what Malwarebytes can do to rescue your PC from malware.
Once the installation process is complete, a new dialogue box will appear letting you know. A box reading “launch Malware Bytes Anti-malware” will be checked. Click “finish” to close the dialogue box and automatically launch the software.
A new dialogue box will open listing the type of license you have (in this case, free) and the database version (since you just downloaded it, it will be the latest one). Click the big blue box that says “scan now.” If you already have Malwarebytes installed on your computer, just open it up and choose “scan now.”
Malware Bytes will now start scanning your entire computer for the infected areas. The green circles show the status of the scan, while directly below shows the current file being scanned, the total number of files scanned, and the length of time the scan has been going on. This could take a couple minutes or an hour depending on the number of files you have and the size, age and speed of your computer.
Once the scan is complete, the total list of threats will appear in the dialogue box. To remove the threats, check the box next to the word “threat” in the top left corner, which will then highlight all of the individual boxes below. Next, click the big blue box that says “remove selected.”
Another dialogue box will appear letting you know that you have to restart your computer to fully purge the malware from your system. Click “yes.”
Your computer will restart in regular mode and will now be clear of malware. Notice that your desktop should now have a Malware Bytes icon that you can simply click on to launch the application should you have further malware issues in the future.
~ Mark Heidelberger