Set up automatic scans in Malwarebytes Premium on Windows v4

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Malwarebytes Premium on Windows allows you to schedule times for scans to run automatically. When you activate your premium subscription, a Threat Scan is scheduled to run daily. You can edit or delete scheduled scans, and add new scans to run at your preferred time by going to the Scan Scheduler screen. Scheduled scans are not available for the Malwarebytes Free version.


Add or Edit scheduled scans

The Scan Scheduler lets you add, edit, or delete scheduled scans as needed.

  1. Open Malwarebytes.

  2. Click the Scanner card, then click the Scan Scheduler tab.

  3. Choose to add or edit a schedule.
    1.  To schedule a new scan, click Schedule scan.
      Image of Schedule scan button in Malwarebytes for Windows version 4.

    2. To edit an existing scan, hover your cursor over the scheduled scan and click the pencil icon.
      Image of edit button for scheduled scans in Malwarebytes for Windows version 4.

  4. If adding a new scheduled scan, Malwarebytes prompts you to select a Threat Scan, Quick Scan, or Custom Scan before presenting edit options. If editing an existing scheduled scan, Malwarebytes presents you with the edit options for that scan type. Use the menu to configure your scheduled scan.
    Image of different scan options for scheduling a scan in Malwarebytes for Windows version 4.

    1. For additional options for Threat Scans and Quick Scans, click Advanced. Custom Scans offer advanced options upfront. Depending on the scan type, you will see some or all of the options described:
      • 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 memory objects: Check this box if you want Malwarebytes to scan memory allocated by operating system processes, drivers, and other apps.
      • Scan registry and startup items: Check this box if you want Malwarebytes to scan executable files or modifications which initiate at computer startup.
      • Scan within archives: This box is checked by default. This allows scanning to go two levels deep within archive files.
      • Scan for rootkits: Check this box if you want Malwarebytes to look for rootkits on your device. This makes the scan take longer.
      • If missed, scan at next opportunity: Keep this switch turned on 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.
        Image of Advanced scan options in the Scan Scheduler screen of Malwarebytes for Windows version 4.

  5. To confirm your scan configurations, click Schedule.


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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