How to Completely Remove Malwarebytes

by Elvis Michael

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware does not typically leave program-specific traces on your system once uninstalled. However, customer-based information such as your product ID and license key are left behind in the event you need to reinstall the program on the same computer at a later date. For any other purposes, such as the need to install it on a different computer, the program's developers provide the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Cleanup Utility to remove the application along with such traces. Otherwise, you may rely on Windows’ own cleanup utility to leave such information intact.

Complete Removal


Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Cleanup Utility to your computer (link in Resources).


Tap or click to launch the tool, then click “Yes” in the dialog box to confirm the complete removal of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Allow several seconds for the procedure to complete.


Confirm whether to reboot your computer by clicking “Yes” or “No” in the ensuing confirmation dialog. The removal procedure is complete once you restart your system.

Standard Removal


Swipe your finger from the right edge of the screen, then tap the "Search" field shown. You may alternatively point your mouse cursor to the upper-right portion of the screen, move the pointer down, and then click the "Search" field.


Type “Control Panel,” then tap or click the "Control Panel" applet from the list of results shown.


Tap or click “Programs and Features” to view a list of all available applications installed on your computer. Here you can modify and/or uninstall conventional Windows programs.


Tap or click “Malwarebytes Anti-Malware,” followed by “Uninstall.”


Click “Yes” on the ensuing confirmation dialog. Allow several seconds for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to uninstall.


  • check You can also press and hold (or right-click) Malwarebytes Anti-malware from the Start screen, then select "Uninstall" to perform a standard removal.
  • check Reinstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware over the existing version available if you experience unexpected errors during removal. This typically fixes missing or corrupted files necessary for the procedure.


  • close The information in this article applies to computers running Microsoft Windows 8.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

About the Author

Elvis Michael has been writing professionally since 2007, contributing technology articles to various online outlets. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in information technology at Northeastern University.

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