This page consists of the guide to remove Malwarebytes, which was known as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, for Windows and Mac OS, from a computer system. There are a few methods to remove it, please try one according to your device.
Removing Malwarebytes using the Control Panel on Windows
If you do not want to run the extra tool to uninstall Malwarebytes completely, you may want to remove the Malwarebytes using the Windows Control Panel. In order to do so, the first thing that you have to do is to use the Windows R to open the run box on the system. Then, type appwiz.cpl and press the Enter key to open the Programs and Features Control Panel applet. The next thing is to find Malwarebytes software in the list of the installed programs. By default, the list is sorted alphabetically, but you are able to change the sort order with a click on a column title if you want. After that, right click on the Malwarebytes entry and choose uninstall. Lastly, you can proceed as instructed by the uninstaller and restart the computer to complete the whole process. After the removal, you may want to use the third-party uninstallation programs such as Geek Uninstaller or Revo Uninstaller to scan for the leftovers.
Actually, there is another method. You can close the Malwarebytes if it is currently in use. Please wait for a while so that the process of the program can shut down in the Task Manager. When it is done, click Start, choose All Programs, and then click the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware folder from the list of installed programs. Doing so will open a sub-folder. When it opens, click the Uninstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware link in the sub-folder. Do not forget to click Yes in the uninstall box that launches to confirm your selection. The uninstallation process will start to remove the program automatically. The progress will be shown on the status bar. You will have to click Yes to restart your computer when asked by the uninstallation wizard. Then, click Start and click Computer to launch the Windows Explorer. You will also have to click the C: drive and double click the Programs Files folder. After that, find the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware folder and right click it. Next, click Delete to remove the folder. When everything is done, please empty the recycle bin to complete the removal process.
Removing Malwarebytes on Mac devices
There are two ways of removing Malwarebytes on Mac devices. The first one is for Mac 3.1 or later and the second one is for Mac 3.0 or earlier. If you want to remove Malwarebytes for Mac 3.1 or later, first of all, you will have to open Malwarebytes for Mac on the Macintosh computer. next, choose Help from the menu bar and then Uninstall Malwarebytes. Please choose yes when the prompt This will completely remove the Malwarebytes software. Are you sure you wish to proceed is launched. The last thing that you have to do is to enter your password and click on OK. Apparently, the removal requires the admin rights.
If you have Malwarebytes 3.0 or earlier installed on your Mac, you will need to download the Malwarebytes for Mac uninstaller. Once you have downloaded it, double click on the file Remove Malwarebytes.pkg. After that, please follow the steps to uninstall the Malwarebytes for Mac.
Aside from these two methods, you may also want to consider the
Malwarebytes Clean Uninstall Tool. What is Malwarebytes Clean Uninstall Tool? Malwarebytes Clean Uninstall Tool refers to that one tool that has the main purpose to remove the Malwarebytes software from a Windows PC. This one offers a built-in Windows tool that can remove every installed program on your device completely. You may end up with the leftover files or Registry keys if you use the “uninstall a program” option or the Apps menu on Windows 10 to remove the programs.
Malwarebytes Clean Uninstall Tool is so good, to the point it can remove all traces of Malwarebytes software with just a couple of clicks. Firstly, download the program from the support website of Malwarebytes. You will have to run mb_clean.exe after the download. Then, choose yes on the first prompt the program shows up after the launch. Please confirm that you agree to the terms and conditions of the Malwarebytes EULA. The program will remove files, folders and Registry keys, as well as prompting you to reboot the system after the cleanup operation. You are free to choose whether you want to postpone the reboot or do it right away. The file mb-clean-results.txt will be saved by the application to the desktop. This one is a log that lists the history of actions taken by the tool. If you want, you can go through the log as it highlights the issues. For example, if a folder, a file, or Registry key could not be deleted.
Uninstalling Malwarebytes is usually a straightforward process, but what should you do when Malwarebytes will not uninstall? If you face some issues when uninstalling, these following troubleshooting tips might help you:
- Close all apps before uninstalling Malwarebytes, including any other antivirus products that may be running on your system.
- Do not forget to log in as a user with Admin permissions on the computer that you are trying to uninstall the Malwarebytes from.
- If you still get the same uninstalling Malwarebytes issue, please contact Malwarebytes for help. Feel free to chat with a technician or send in a support ticket for assistance.
Even though Malwarebytes can protect your business computer from malware like trojans, you may have to remove it completely if you are no longer using it or if you love to use a different security tool. Removing this program frees up space of the hard disk on your computer as well as processing resources. If it is damaged or prone to freezing and crashing, uninstalling it completely will also improve the performance of your computer.