Different ways to scan with Malwarebytes on Windows devices

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Malwarebytes for Windows provides three methods you can use to scan your computer: Threat Scan, Custom Scan, and Hyper Scan.  The scan method you choose determines how comprehensive of a scan Malwarebytes for Windows runs on your computer.


Threat ScanCustom ScanHyper Scan (Premium only)

Threat Scans are the most comprehensive but may take the longest. We recommend you launch a Threat Scan daily.


If you have a Premium license activated, a Threat Scan is scheduled to run once per day by default.

With a Custom Scan, you can choose what and where you want Malwarebytes for Windows to scan.


To customize a scan, click the Custom Scan option, then click Configure Scan.

Hyper Scans check for threats in your Memory and Startup objects, where threats commonly take place. A Hyper Scan is faster than a Threat Scan but less comprehensive.


If a Hyper Scan detects malware, we recommend running a Threat Scan afterward.  


To choose a scan method open Malwarebytes for Windows, then click the Scan tab.

Image of Scan menu in Malwarebytes on Windows devices.


If you have Malwarebytes for Windows Premium installed you can schedule a Threat, Custom, or Hyper Scan to run automatically. For instructions, refer to the article Set up automatic scans in Malwarebytes Premium on Windows devices.


To see more about the scan methods and their capabilities, refer to the  Malwarebytes for Windows User Guide, Scan section.


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