Manually Scan with Malwarebytes on Windows devices

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Scanning your computer helps detect and remove malware, viruses, trojans, and other potentially unwanted items. If you have Malwarebytes on a Windows device, we recommend scanning your computer at least once a week, even if you have real-time protection turned on.


Scan with Malwarebytes for Windows

If you have Malwarebytes for Windows Premium, a scan is scheduled to run automatically, as long as your computer is turned on. 


There are three scan methods available in Malwarebytes for Windows: Threat Scan, Custom Scan, and Hyper Scan. The Threat Scan is the most thorough and recommended scan method available.


  1. Open Malwarebytes for Windows.

  2. To the left, click Scan > Scan Types.
    Image of Malwarebytes for Windows Scan button.

    If the Scan tab shows a Your scan is complete message, click Close X to view the Scan Types.
    Image of Malwarebytes Scan Results window on the Malwarebytes Scans menu.

  3. Select one of the three scan methods provided:
    • Threat Scan
    • Custom Scan
    • Hyper Scan

Image of Scan Types in Malwarebytes on Windows device.


To see which scan method is right for you, refer to the article  Different scan methods in Malwarebytes for Windows.


  1. Click Start Scan or Configure Scan.



Check total number of Scan Detections

The Scan Detections number shown on the Dashboard indicates the total number of items Malwarebytes has found since installation. See the example image below to locate Scan Detections.

Image of Scan Detections location on the Malwarebytes Dashboard.



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