Install and activate Malwarebytes on an unmanaged Mac client

Document created by jgolomb Employee on Sep 10, 2018Last modified by jyamada on Jan 23, 2019
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The following instructions are for Malwarebytes Business customers. It guides you through installing and activating Malwarebytes on an unamanged Mac client. An unmanaged client is a client that is not installed or managed from the Management Console, while a managed client is one that is installed and managed from the Management Console. 


Install Malwarebytes on your Mac device

  1. Download the latest endpoint security zip file, Malwarebytes Endpoint Security for Business.

  2. Right click the Malwarebytes_Endpoint_Security zip folder and select Extract All... in the context menu.

  3. Once extracted, open the Unmanaged folder Mac Protection.

  4. Double-click the file to start the setup wizard.

    Malwarebytes is an identified Apple developer. However, if your macOS settings have been set to only allow apps from the Apple App Store to be opened, you may receive a security warning dialog that the app was not downloaded from the App Store. Refer to Apple's article MacOS Sierra: Open an app from an unidentified developer for more information.
    Image of Mac error dialog when attempting to download an app not from the App Store.

  5. The next screen shows improvements and features available in this version of Malwarebytes for Mac. Click Continue.

  6. Read the Malwarebytes Software License Agreement, then click Continue.

  7. To confirm you agree to the Software License Agreement, click Agree

  8. Click Install.

  9. Enter your User Name and Password, then click Install Software.

  10. After Malwarebytes for Mac has finished installing, click Close to exit the setup wizard.

  11. If the Malwarebytes for Mac installer is located in the Downloads folder, you will see a prompt with options to Keep or Move to Trash.

  12. Click Activate Protection on the following screen.

  13. You will see the following prompt > click OK.

  14. Click Open Privacy Settings to open the Security and Privacy window.
    Image of Open Privacy Settings window in Malwarebytes for Mac.

  15. Click General > Allow on the Security and Privacy window to enable the required extension for Real-Time Protection.
    Image of Security and Privacy screen on Mac.

  16. In Malwarebytes for Mac, click Done. The Malwarebytes Dashboard then appears.

Continue to activate your license key for Malwareybtes for Mac.


Activate Malwarebytes on your Mac device

Before you begin, contact your system administrator for your license key.


  1. In the Malwarebytes Dashboard, click Activate License.

  2. Enter your license key into the Activate Product window > click Activate License.

  3. When Real-time Protection features are activated, the upper-left corner of the Dashboard states Malwarebytes | Premium.


To configure settings, scans, and other features Malwarebytes for Mac offers, refer to the Malwarebytes for Mac User Guide.


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