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Windows 10 - Download & Install Malwarebytes virus checker

This is another one for Ken. He wants to download and install Malwarebytes virus checker on his desktop PC.

'Downloading' is the name given to the process of copying a file from a large computer on the internet onto your home computer.

'Installing' is the name given to the process where a software program makes itself ready to be used on your home computer.

'Malwarebytes Anti-Malware' is a program that scans your computer and finds viruses that the normal virus checkers don't even look for. We will be downloading and installing the free version.

All 'Clicks' will be using the left mouse button or left keypad button unless I say 'Right-click' which will mean the right mouse button or right keypad button or 'Double-Click' which means clicking the left mouse button or the left keypad button twice in fairly quick succession.

First of all, we have to look on the internet to find out where to download the program from. This can be harder than it sounds as many firms would rather you bought the paid for version so they tend to hide the free versions. Instead of looking through pages and pages, I've supplied the download link below -

Click here to download the Malwarebytes program (It usually gets downloaded to your Downloads folder).

Windows makes downloading and installing programs far harder than it needs to be. There is no easy way to get to the 'Downloads' folder and install the program. Here is the easiest way that I can find -

Open the File Explorer program

1) Right-Click on the Windows Start button in the lower left corner of the screen. A popup menu will be shown.

2) Click on the 'File Explorer' option to start the File Explorer program.

Find the downloaded Malwarebytes install program

On the left hand side of the File Explorer, near the top, you will find some text that says 'Quick access'. Underneath this text is the folder called 'Downloads'

1) Click on the Downloads folder and the files in that folder will be shown on the right hand side. We are looking for a file name similar to the one 'mbam-setup-' (you probably won't see the 'exe' portion as Windows normally hides it.

2) Double-Click on the 'mbam-setup ....' file name to start the installation process

Tell Windows that it is OK to start this program

You may or may not get this next screen as it depends on whether the 'always ask before opening this file' has been selected in Windows.

1) Click on the 'Run' button to give Windows permission to start the program.

Run through the installation screens 

(there are quite a few screens but it is fairly straightforward)

1) Select the English language option (it is usually set by default) and Click on the 'OK' button.

2) Click on the 'Next' button on the Welcome screen.

3) On the License Agreement screen, Click on the 'accept the agreement' option then Click the 'Next' button.

4) in the next screen, you can read the important information or do what everyone else does and just Click on the 'Next' button.

5) In the Destination Location screen, just Click on the 'Next' button.

6) In the Select Start Menu folder just Click on the 'Next' button.

7) In the Select Additional Tasks screen, just Click on the 'Next' button.

8) In the 'Ready to Install' screan, Click on the 'Install' button.

9) You will then see the Installation screen with a 'Progress Bar' with the green portion showing how much of the installation has been done (These bars are notoriously inaccurate). Don't do anything on this screen unless you wish to cancel the installation. 

10) On the 'Completing the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard' screen, we have to make a change to make sure that we get the free version.

There are two small squares that have ticks in them. We must make sure that the one next to the text saying 'Enable free trial of Malwarebytes ......' is unticked. (If it is ticked you will end up with a month's trial and then it will start asking for money.)

Click on the upper box with the tick in it and the tick should disappear. Click on the 'Finish' button to finish the installation process.

After the installation is finished there should be an icon on your desktop that looks like the one below.
Double-Click on this icon to start the Malwarebytes virus scan.  (Click here to see how to start Malwarebytes).

(If you can install this program with all it's screens then you should have no problem installing any other program.)

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