Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 on-demand scan
In case you need to check just one item (a file or a folder), right-click it and then click Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 opens and scans the item. You can close the window after the scan completes and no threats have been found. But if something malicious has been detected, move down here to read about removing the detected items.
Running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2
If Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 is not running, Windows XP users can start it by opening Start menu, All Programs, finding 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/Search everywhere, type "malware" and click Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
To run a malware check, click Scan on the top of MBAM 2 window.
Threat Scan (previously known as Quick Scan) takes up to fifteen minutes only and it checks for malware in memory, among running programs, startup items and in known locations. This type of scan is recommended for casual checks.
Custom Scan can last from a few minutes to several hours, depending on what you choose to scan. You can either perform a very quick rootkit scan, or run a full scan on all hard drives.
Click Threat Scan or Custom Scan and then click the Scan Now button.
Please note that the third option, Hyper Scan, is not available in free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.
MBAM 2 always checks for database updates before scanning starts. In case an update is available, click Update Now.
Threat Scan starts right away.
In case you selected customized scanning, the Custom Scan Configuration window appears. By default, first three items are selected in the Custom Scanning Options section, and no drives or folders are selected on the right. This is very similar to Threat Scan settings, and MBAM 2 looks for malware in known locations.
To run a very quick rootkit scan, tick only the Scan for Rootkits check box and clear everything else.
To perform a full comprehensive check, tick all check boxes on the left and select hard drives/partitions (or custom folders) on the right. This scan will take several hours to complete.
Click Start Scan after (de)selecting items.
Now just wait for the scan to complete. In case you need to do something processor-intensive meanwhile, click Pause scan. Do your stuff and then continue scanning by clicking Resume scan.
Note the Detected Objects line - if it states "0", everything is good so far.
Here's an example of with several detected objects. Unlike in the first version of MBAM, you can click the Review Detected Items link while the scan is in progress to see the list of malicious objects discovered.
Review Detections window opens while the scanning continues.
If no malware has been found, you will see the green "No malicious items were detected" message after the scan is complete. Click Main Menu. You can then close MBAM 2 using keyboard shortcut Alt+F4 or by clicking the X button on top right of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 window.
In the Potential Threats Detected window, Quarantine All and Apply Actions buttons take automatically care of everything.
Advanced users can also choose to ignore some PUM (Potentially Unwanted Modifications) and PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs) items by selecting Add Exclusion from the Action column. Please do not use this if you are unsure of what you're doing!
After disinfecting and quarantining is complete, a message will inform you of results. Often a restart is required to make sure the malware is really gone. Click Yes to restart your computer.
If the same malware still reappears, use RKill for detecting and stopping active malware services and processes (the scan takes only about 5 minutes!). This helps MBAM 2 to work properly. The last resort is to use ComboFix.