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Configure Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2

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How to configure Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1

After installing and launching, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 will update its databases automatically.

This is how the main user interface of MBAM 2.1 looks like.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, main window.

If this is not the first time you run the great anti-malware tool, you might see a yellow warning about outdated database. Click Fix Now in the main user interface, or Update now in the warning pop-up that appears above Taskbar's Notification area.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Your databases are out of date. Click Fix Now. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Databases Out of Date warning above Taskbar. Click Update Now.

In case a program update is also available, MBAM 2 will prompt you about installing the new version. Click OK and follow instructions in Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 article.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, A new version is ready to be installed. Click OK.

If Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 is not running, Windows XP users can start it by opening Start menu, All Programs, expanding Malwarebytes Anti-Malware folder and clicking Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
Windows Vista and 7 users can open Start menu, type "malware" into Search box and click Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
Windows 8 and 8.1 users should press  Windows Key+Q to open Apps search or Search everywhere, type "malware" and click Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
Windows 7, to open Malwarebytes Anti-malware 2, open Start menu, type 'malware' into Search box and then click 'Malwarebytes Anti-Malware'.

In the top of program window, click Settings. This opens General Settings tab.
The only important thing here is to make sure that Explorer context menu entry is set to Yes. This enables right-click scanning of folders and files in Windows/File Explorer.
Please also note the Restore Default Settings link - this is a quick method of resetting configuration in all of tabs available for Home (Free) version. Other tabs contain a Recommended Settings link that applies to the currently open tab only.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Settings, General Settings tab. Make sure that 'Explorer context menu entry' is set to Yes.

Open Detection and Protection tab from the left. First, tick the Scan for rootkits check box in Detection Options section to make Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 even more powerful. Shuriken Advanced Heuristics Engine and scanning within archives are enabled by default.
Those users who have made some Local Security Policy (or Group Policy) modifications that tend to be detected as malicious (disabling Windows Defender, for example), should set PUM (Potentially Unwanted Modification) detection in Non-Malware Protection section to Warn user about detections.
Please note that PUP detection in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware labels many installers just because they contain options to install some third-party software. There is no need to worry about PUP installers unless they're marked as malware (not PUP) in scan results.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Settings, Detection and Protection tab. Tick the 'Scan for rootkits' check box.

Click Update Settings tab. Verify that the Notify user if database is out of date for more than day(s) is enabled and set to 1. This ensures that MBAM always uses the latest available detection database.
Make sure that the Check for program updates when checking for database updates option has been turned on.
You can also configure proxy server here, if necessary.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Settings, Update Settings tab. Set 'Notify user if database is out of date for more than day(s)' to 1.

In History Settings tab, the Help fight malware by anonymously providing historical information check box should be unticked only by those who are extremely concerned about their privacy.
Leave Scan Log Options section setting to Export log information to disk unless your PC is really out of free space.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Settings, History Settings tab. Tick the 'Help fight malware by anonymously providing historical information' check box.

That's it about configuring Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 Home/Free. Other options are available for Premium users only.

Managing Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 Quarantine and Logs

All detected malware is moved to a quarantine folder by default. As this folder might waste loads of disk space, it is recommended to clear it about a month after detection. Free CCleaner can also do the job for you.
You can also restore items to their previous locations if you really know what you're doing.

Click History in the top of MBAM 2 main window. This opens Quarantine tab with all items detected and removed. The easiest way to empty quarantine folder is to click Delete All. The action will be confirmed.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, History, Quarantine tab. To remove selected items from Quarantine folder, click Delete.

You can also delete individual items by selecting them with mouse and clicking Delete button. The action will again be confirmed.

Be very careful with the Restore button - do not use it unless you are absolutely sure that you are not restoring malware!

To see Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 logs, click History in the top of the program window and then open Application Logs tab. Here you can click to open any of the listed logs.
Check boxes are used for deleting only.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, History, Application Logs tab. To check a log, click on it once.

Here's an example of Scanning History Log that summarizes all important settings and results. Please note the scroll bar in the first section - there is much more information available than fits on screen.
Export button allows copying the log to Clipboard, and saving it to a TXT or XML file type for further analysis.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Scanning History Log.

MBAM 2 also keeps a Daily Protection Log that includes information about database and program updates performed.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Daily Protection Log.



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