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1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #291
United States Rank #172
Reach 1.9700%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.51 days
546.08 days >
Average installed length: 286.92 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 program developed by Malwarebytes. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 programs's main executable is mbam.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 56.46 MB of memory. It also adds an icon to the Windows notifications area in order to provide access to the program. The software installer includes 77 files and is usually about 46.11 MB (48,348,616 bytes). The software utilizes the Nokia Qt cross-platforms C++ framework. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 69% 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: 46.11 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
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is an application that finds and removes malware. It is available in a free version, which scans for and removes malware when started manually, and a paid version, which provides scheduled scans, real-time...
Additional files:
  • mbam-rules.exe - Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Rules (Malwarebytes Anti-Malware)
  • cloud.dll - Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • cloud-enumeration.dll
  • Malware bytes Anti-malware mbam-setup- recommended by Ask Bob Rankin.exe
  • Malwarebytes_Anti_Malware_v2.00.exe
  • mbae.exe - Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit
  • mbam.dll
  • mbam_crk.exe
  • mbam-clean-
  • mbamcore.dll
  • mbamdor.exe
  • mbamext.dll
  • mbamgui.exe
  • mbamnet.dll
  • mbampt.exe
  • mbamresearch.exe
  • mbamscheduler.exe
  • mbamservice.exe
  • mbam-setup-
  • mbam-setup-majorgeeks-
  • mbamsrv.dll
  • mbamtoast.dll
  • ssubtmr6.dll (by vbAccelerator) - SSubTmr6 (Subclassing and Timer Assistant, modified for configurable message response, multi control support and bug fixed for timer errors.)
  • 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
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 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).
  • unins000.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{3623315F-2C1A-4D08-9A49-16549193E2F2}' (runs on registration).
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".
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • mbam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbam.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:3.67 MB
Total CPU:0.0036409114%
Kernel CPU:0.00236714%
User CPU:0.00127377%
CPU cycles/sec:441,416
I/O reads/min:571 Bytes
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

How do I remove Malwarebytes Anti-Malware?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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) 57%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.85%
Windows 10 30.02%
Windows Vista 6.47%
Windows XP 3.65%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.89%
Windows 8.1 16.26%
Windows 7 Professional 11.65%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.37%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.97%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.68%

Distribution by countryGeography

69.10% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 69.10%
  United Kingdom 6.87%
  Canada 4.40%
  France 3.64%
  Australia 2.64%
  Germany 2.33%
  Sweden 0.73%
  India 0.67%
  DK 0.52%
  Belgium 0.46%
  MA 0.42%
  New Zealand 0.41%
  Ireland 0.41%
  Philippines 0.38%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.74%
Dell 25.52%
Acer 14.02%
Toshiba 9.60%
ASUS 8.81%
Lenovo 3.55%
Samsung 2.97%
Intel 1.27%
Alienware 0.60%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.38%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.08%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.23%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.00%
ASUS All Series 3.97%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.45%

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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