Manually Scan with Malwarebytes on Windows and Mac devices

Scanning your computer helps detect and remove malware, viruses, trojans, and other potentially unwanted items. If you have Malwarebytes on Windows or Mac devices, we recommend scanning your computer at least once a week, even if you have real-time protection turned on.


Scan with Malwarebytes for Windows

If you have Malwarebytes for Windows Premium, a scan is scheduled to run automatically, as long as your computer is turned on.  


There are three scan methods available in Malwarebytes for Windows: Threat Scan, Custom Scan, and Hyper Scan. The Threat Scan is the most thorough and recommended scan method available.


  1. Open Malwarebytes for Windows.
  2. To the left, click Scan > Scan Types.

    If the Scan tab shows a Your scan is complete message, click Close X to view the Scan Types.
    Image of Your scan is complete window in Malwarebytes for Windows.

  3. Select one of the three scan methods provided:
    • Threat Scan
    • Custom Scan
    • Hyper Scan


To see which scan method is right for you, refer to the article  Different ways to scan with Malwarebytes for Windows.


  1. Click Start Scan or Configure Scan.


Scan with Malwarebytes for Mac

If you have Malwarebytes for Mac, you can run a Threat Scan whenever your computer is turned on. Scheduled scans are not available with Malwarebytes for Mac.


  1. Open Malwarebytes for Mac.
  2. To the left, click Scan.
  3. Click Start Scan.


When Malwarebytes for Windows or Malwarebytes for Mac is finished scanning, the Scan window displays your Scan Results.  From the Scan Results, you can choose which items you want to quarantine or keep on your computer.



More information about Scan Results is available in the following User Guides:


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