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.
    • To schedule a new scan, click Add.
      Image of Add button under the Scan Schedule menu of Malwarebytes on Windows device.

    • 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.

  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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