There seem to be two camps of users when it comes to Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware application for the Windows operating system.
Some users swear on it and believe it is one of the best security programs for the operating system currently while others think it is snake oil and not useful at all.
The company itself sees it as a complementary product that should be run next to antivirus solutions, and not something that should be run on its own.
Since I fall into the first camp of users, I'm running a premium version of the program on my main machine.
The guide covers versions 2 and 3 of Malwarebytes currently.
Malwarebytes 3 introduced a new interface and several other major changes in the application. This part of the guide walks you through the available configuration of Malwarebytes 3.x.
The Application category opens when you activate the Settings link in the Malwarebytes interface. It offers a huge number of options which means that it takes quite some scrolling to explore the entire page.
Here is what is available:
Most settings under Protection are limited to Premium users.
Scan Schedule is only available in the premium version of Malwarebytes. Premium users may schedule scans using the menu.
Exclusions are useful if you notice that legitimate files or programs are flagged as malicious or problematic by Malwarebytes. Add them to the list of exclusions to protect them from being flagged.
Malwarebytes will ignore these during scans.
The following guide provides you with information about the most important configuration options that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium offers. While you will find some of them in the free version as well, some are exclusive.
A click on settings in the program window opens them up. You find several pages worth of settings on the page that let you customize program features and even add new features to the program that are not enabled by default.
Detection and Protection
This is probably the most important preference page of the program. It allows you to turn the program's malware protection and malicious website protection on or off, enable the scanning of rootkits (which is not enabled by default), and define actions when potentially unwanted programs (PUP) and potentially unwanted modifications (PUM) are detected.
Malware and Web Exclusions
These two pages provide options to add exclusions to the program which it honors from that moment on. This means basically that anything that you add here is ignored by the program when it scan and checks resources.
The settings listed on this page let you customize program behavior, for instance on start of the operating system or how it should handle detected items.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium is configured to run a system scan once per day and to check for program updates once per hour. Existing tasks can be modified or removed, and new ones added on this page.
You may for for instance switch update checks to real-time instead of once per hour to receive updates as fast as possible. The fastest option checks once per minute for updates.
Depending on your requirements, you may want to use the fastest update check interval. You may need to experiment with various intervals to find the best setting for your needs.
The general settings page provides you with options to customize notifications, and to enable or disable the Windows Explorer context menu entry.
You can disable notifications on this page for instance if you don't require them.
Protect certain program features from being accessed by individual users or groups of users. You may for instance block access to the settings.
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