Site search is available on home page

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 on-demand scan

By , Last modified: 2015-02-28.

How to perform a Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2 quick or full scan, or scan just one file or folder in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1

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.
To scan just one item, right-click the item in Windows Explorer and select 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.
Windows 7, to open Malwarebytes Anti-malware open Start menu, type 'malware' into Search box and then click 'Malwarebytes Anti-Malware'.

Performing a Threat or Custom Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2

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.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Scan. Select 'Threat Scan' or 'Custom Scan'. Then click 'Scan Now'.

MBAM 2 always checks for database updates before scanning starts. In case an update is available, click Update Now.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Updates are 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. 
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Custom Scan Configuration. To run a full scan, tick all items on the left and then select all hard drives on the right. Click 'Start Scan'.

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.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Threat Scan running. To pause the check temporarily, click 'Pause Scan'. To continue scanning, click 'Resume Scan'.

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.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Threat Scan running, malicious items detected. Click 'Review Detected Items' to check what has been found already. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Review Detections

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.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Scan completed successfully, No malicious items were detected. Click 'Main Menu'.

But if something malicious was found, a red message "Scan Complete - Malware Detected" will pop up in Taskbar Notification area (aka System Tray). Click the popup to see scan results.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Scan Complete, Malware Detected. Click the popup.

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!
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, Potential Threats Detected. Click 'Apply Actions' or 'Quarantine All'.

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.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2, all selected items have been removed successfully, Your computer needs to be restarted to complete the removal process. Click 'Yes' to reboot.

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



Sub Navigation

Sub Navigation
Next: ComboFix
Previous: Configure Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2
comments powered by Disqus