Set up automatic scans in Malwarebytes Premium on Windows devices

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As soon as you activate your Premium license, Malwarebytes on Windows creates a schedule to scan your computer once a day at around 3:00am, using your computer's time zone. 


Set up an automatic scan schedule

You can view, delete, or edit the default scan schedule in Malwarebytes on Windows devices from Settings > Scan Schedule.  The Scan Schedule lets you add, edit, or delete scheduled scans as needed.


  1. Open Malwarebytes.

  2. Click Settings, then click the Scan Schedule tab.
    Image of the Scan Schedule under the Settings menu of Malwarebytes for Windows.

  3. Choose to add or edit a schedule.
    1.  To schedule a new scan, click Add.
      Image of Add button under the Scan Schedule menu of Malwarebytes on Windows device.

    2. To update an existing scan, use the checkboxes to select a schedule, then click Edit.
      Image of Edit button under the Scan Schedule menu of Malwarebytes on Windows device.

  4. Use the new window to configure your scheduled scan. For additional options, click Advanced.
    Image of the Edit Scheduled Scan menu in Malwarebytes for Windows device.

    1. Advanced Scan options allows for the following additional settings:
      • Quarantine all threats automatically: Check this box if you want Malwarebytes to quarantine detected threats without asking you. This setting may allow Malwarebytes to mistakenly quarantine programs that are not threatening, also known as a false positive detection.
      • Restart computer when required for threat removal: This is available only if threats are automatically quarantined, and is not checked by default. This setting allows Malwarebytes to automatically restart your device if needed for remediation without a window prompt.
      • Scan for rootkits: Check this box if you want Malwarebytes to look for rootkits on your device. This makes the scan take longer. This feature is not available for Hyper Scans.
      • Scan within archives: This box is checked by default. This allows scanning to go two levels deep within archive files. This feature is not available for Hyper Scans.
      • Recover missed tasks: Check this box if you want Malwarebytes to run a scan at the next available opportunity if the scheduled scan was missed because your device was off or asleep. You can set the time range in the drop-down menu.
        Image of Edit Scheduled Scan menu options in Malwarebytes for Windows.

  5. To confirm your changes, click OK.


For Malwarebytes for Windows to scan your computer, your computer must be turned on and awake.  If a scan is missed or stopped because the computer goes to sleep or is turned off, the scan resumes when the computer is turned on.


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