MalwareByte's automatic update

December 2016

MalwareByte is an effective anti-malware software that removes infections and other malicious software from the computer. It is available for free and can be downloaded from the internet. However, the MalwareByte anti-malware software must be updated regularly for effectiveness and security. MalwareBytes's automatic updates are available for free and can be configured for Windows XP and Windows Vista. In a Windows XP operating system, the runupdateterminate option can be used for automatic updates of MalwareByte. For Windows Vista, the update-terminate option in the argument ensures automatic updates are downloaded for MalwareBytes according to the period specified.





MalwareByte's Anti-Malware is a good software to remove infections:if you're using the free version, here's how to configure the automatic update of the program.

Under XP

Here are the steps for Windows XP:
  • Click Start > All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Scheduled Tasks.
  • Choose Create a scheduled task.
  • Click Next, then Browse ...
  • Select the file C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
  • Choose a name for the scheduled task and then choose from these choices:
  • Everyday
  • Every week
  • Every month
  • Once
  • When my computer starts
  • At the opening of a session
  • Click on Next and other choices available (Your choice).
  • Click Next. If you do not want a password, there is a small modification in the register or you'll get an error. Run this file to make the change. To restore the default, you must run this file.
  • Click Done.
  • Right-click on this new task and then Properties. In Run, add / runupdateterminate. Observe the space after the quotes. It provides:
    "C:\ProgramFiles\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe" / runupdateterminate  


You can do the same for automatic scanning. The commands for:
  • A quick scan:
    /scan -terminate
  • A full scan:
    /scan -full -terminate

Under Vista

Click on Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Task Scheduler.
In the Task Scheduler, right in the Actions column, choose Create a basic task.
Set the desired name (eg Update MBAM).

Select the frequency of update:
  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Once
  • When starting the computer
  • At the opening of a session
  • and more.....
  • Click Next and other choices are available.
  • Click Next and then select Start a program and click on Next.
  • Click on Browse and select the file C:\Program Files\ Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
  • In argument, put /update -terminate then click Next.
  • Check the box to open the task properties and click Finish.
  • A new window will open, go to the General tab, check Run with highest privileges and click OK.


For the automatic scan, the procedure is the same as for XP!

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