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What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,584
United States Rank #1,200
Reach 0.4348%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.49 days
221.02 days >
Average installed length: 116.13 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware version

What is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware?  (from Malwarebytes)

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free's industry-leading scanner detects and removes malware like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and more. All you have to do is launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and run a scan. It's that simple. Or if you want even better protection, consider Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium ...  Read more


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware version is a software program developed by Malwarebytes. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named mbam.exe. The setup package generally installs about 40 files and is usually about 45.99 MB (48,227,834 bytes). The software utilizes the Nokia Qt cross-platforms C++ framework. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 67% of users of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.malwarebytes.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 45.99 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware version

Program executable:mbam.exe
Name:Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Path:C:\Program Files\malwarebytes anti-malware\mbam.exe
Additional files:
  • cloud.dll - Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • cloud-enumeration.dll
  • mbam.dll
  • mbam_crk.exe
  • mbamcore.dll
  • mbamdor.exe
  • mbamext.dll
  • mbampt.exe
  • mbamresearch.exe
  • mbamscheduler.exe
  • mbamservice.exe
  • mbam-setup-
  • mbamsrv.dll
  • mbamtoast.dll
  • mbar- - Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit
  • newmban.exe
  • 7z.dll (by Igor Pavlov) - 7-Zip (7z Standalone Plugin)
  • QtCore4.dll (by Digia Plc and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) - Qt4 (C++ application development framework.)
  • QtGui4.dll (by Digia Plc and/or its subsidiary(-ies))
  • QtNetwork4.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • mbamscheduler.exe is scheduled as a task named 'mbamscheduler' (runs daily at 01:36).
  • mbam.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Malwarebytes Anti-Malware' (runs daily at 03:19).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • mbam.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Malwarebytes Update.
2 Services
  • mbamservice.exe runs as a service named 'MBAMService-BackupByMalwarebytesPortable' (MBAMService-BackupByMalwarebytesPortable) "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware service".
  • mbamscheduler.exe runs as a service named 'MBAMScheduler-BackupByMalwarebytesPortable' (MBAMScheduler-BackupByMalwarebytesPortable) "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scheduler".
Startup File (User Run)
  • mbam.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'New startup' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbam.exe".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • mbam.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Malwarebytes Protection' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbam.exe".
4 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • mbam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbam.exe'.
  • mbamservice.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbamservice.exe'.
  • mbamscheduler.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbamscheduler.exe'.
  • mbampt.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbampt.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:56.46 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004767430%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00026189%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00021485%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:49,598,575
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:1.65 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:18.86 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:10.25 MB
Total CPU:0.0003971941%
Kernel CPU:0.00018799%
User CPU:0.00020921%
CPU cycles/sec:175,202
I/O reads/min:52 Bytes
I/O writes/min:25 Bytes
Memory:290.37 MB
Total CPU:0.0004108314%
Kernel CPU:0.00022362%
User CPU:0.00018721%
CPU cycles/sec:20,150,362
I/O reads/min:4.34 MB
I/O writes/min:15.42 KB

How do I remove Malwarebytes Anti-Malware?

Quickly and completely remove Malwarebytes Anti-Malware version from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware version, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win Server 2003 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.15%
Windows 10 30.19%
Windows Vista 5.93%
Windows XP 4.72%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.88%
Windows 8.1 15.26%
Windows 7 Professional 11.83%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.26%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.38%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.63%

Distribution by countryGeography

66.51% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 66.51%
  United Kingdom 6.65%
  Canada 4.86%
  France 4.85%
  Germany 2.89%
  Australia 2.12%
  Sweden 0.95%
  MA 0.72%
  India 0.44%
  Netherlands 0.43%
  Belgium 0.42%
  DK 0.42%
  Ireland 0.41%
  Egypt 0.40%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.82%
Dell 24.60%
Acer 13.59%
Toshiba 9.58%
ASUS 8.89%
Lenovo 3.37%
Samsung 3.12%
Intel 1.43%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.85%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.23%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.35%
ASUS All Series 3.52%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.32%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.01%

About Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a PC security program that finds and removes malware created by Malwarebytes.
Publisher URL: www.malwarebytes.org

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Georgeover a year ago
The older version had more settings control for the user, and was easier to see what was quarantined. Combining rootkit and chameleon is good. Would not be without it