Even if you run a full internet protection suite, you will find that you inevitably have malware/spyware infections. Do you surf the internet? I promise that you have, at some point in time, been infected.
Protection is another topic entirely, but I am very fond of Trend Micro and Kaspersky. The full protection that their internet bundles provide has proven again and again to be top of the line.
As you find a need to rid yourself of an infection that perhaps your standard firewall did not prevent and your antivirus cannot locate and remove, you may need to download Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes can be downloaded from CNET. A quick search on www.cnet.com will yield the application’s download button.
Where I differ from most, and it is certainly an unpopular opinion at this point, is that I want you to use Malwarebytes, but I do not want you to leave it installed on you personal computer. Malwarebytes can effect the ability of your antivirus or internet protection suite to do their job.
Choose to save the application in your “Downloads”, “Documents” or “My Documents” folder. The location will depend on the current version of the operating system that is running on your personal computer. Navigate to the executable file (the file that you saved). Double click, and allow the application to install. Choose to update and look for new versions. When Malwarebytes opens for the first time, choose to perform a full scan. Complete the repairs. Save the log file for future need (for a professional should you need it).
Now that you have completed your scan and repairs were made, you more than likely were prompted to restart the computer. Do. Once the restart has completed, go to the “Control Panel” and remove the Malwarebytes application from the “Programs” list. Again, how will be determined by which operating system your computer uses.
In my opinion, this is a fantastic application, but I do not suggest that it be an application that remains installed at all times.
Use it when you think you need it.