Action threats detected in Malwarebytes for Windows

Document created by jgolomb Employee on Aug 16, 2019Last modified by jgolomb Employee on Sep 3, 2019
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After a Malwarebytes for Windows scan completes, a Threat Scan Results screen display details of any threats detected. You may choose to quarantine the threats, or ignore items that you believe Malwarebytes accidentally identified as malware. The following image shows an example scan result with various threats detections.

Image of Threat Scan Results screen in Malwarebytes for Windows.


If the scan detected threats, you can check the boxes next to the items you want to neutralize and then click Quarantine Selected. Any items left un-checked prompts you to either select:

  • Ignore Once: If you select Ignore Once, the same threat will be detected the next time you run a scan. 
  • Ignore Always: If you select Ignore Always, the un-checked items are added to your Exclusions. A threat added to Exclusions is no longer detected as a threat in future scans.
  • Cancel: If you select Cancel, the Quarantine Selected action gets canceled. You may choose how you want to handle the detected items again.

Image of Remaining Items window in Malwarebytes for Windows.


Threats you decide to quarantine cannot harm your device. They are neutralized as part of the quarantine process. Once the selected threats are quarantined, Malwarebytes may prompt you to restart your device. Be sure to save any work before restarting. You may choose to restart your device later by clicking the No button.

Image of prompt to restart your computer after quarantining threats in Malwarebytes for Windows.


The following Scan Summary screen displays stats such as the scan time, items scanned, threats detected, and threats quarantined. The screenshot below shows an example scan result.

Image of Scan Summary details page in Malwarebytes for Windows.


From the Scan Summary screen, you can click:

  • Export Summary: Creates a log text file or Clipboard copy of the details of the scan for you to review.
  • View Report: displays the scan report that just completed in the Malwarebytes program. The screenshot below shows an example scan report.
    Image of a scan report in Malwarebytes for Windows.
  • Close: In the upper-left corner of the Scan Summary screen, you can click Close to return to the program Dashboard. The Scan tab no longer displays the scan summary for the completed scan.


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