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How To Clean Install Malwarebytes AntiMalware.

How To Clean Install Malwarebytes AntiMalware.

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If you are having issues with Malwarebytes Anti Malware, this guide is for you. Whether or not you can not uninstall the old version, or your current version is not working. There may be old files and registry entries, that are not allowing the current version work correctly, or uninstall / install.

First thing that you will want to do is install the everything search engine, then install unlocker.

Careful when you install Unlocker, it offers a toolbar during installation.

Second thing you will need to do is uninstall Malwarebytes Antimalware from your computer, in the conventional way, from add remove programs.

Next: Using everything search engine, in conjunction with unlocker to remove Malwarebytes Antimalware file remnants.

Open the Everything Search Engine and Type Malwarebytes into the search window.

    • Click Edit.
    • Select All.
    • Right Click Selected Items.
    • Choose Unlocker.
    • Choose Delete
    • Then Unlock All.

You may see a prompt to reboot, if so then please reboot, to continue removing the files.

Install Registrar Registry Manager, to remove Malwarebytes Antimalware from the registry.

Download from here, and install the program.

Once installed:

  • Select Advanced Registry Search.
  • Then Type Malwarebytes into the search window.
  • Delete all registry items, found by the tool.
  • Reboot the computer, to complete the removal process.

Installing a fresh copy of Malwarebytes Anti malware.

After the last reboot, you should be able to now install Malwarebytes Anti Malware, without issue.

Malwarebytes Download Location #1

Malwarebytes Download Location #2

A summary of files removed.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\Tools\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Chameleon.lnk
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.lnk
C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.lnk
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\Uninstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.lnk
\??\C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbamext.dll.old

A summary of registry keys & values removed.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\mbam.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware_is1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\mbam.exe

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Nice guide for what is becoming a not uncommon problem.