Imagine it: You’re using your computer, and it’s so. slow.

And pop-ups? All over the place!

You can barely see your webpage with all the targeted ads.

And what about that toolbar that’s been hanging out at the top of your browser for longer than you can remember? What’s going on there?

Bad news, my friend: These are all symptoms of a hacker in your computer.

But there’s good news, too! It’s pretty easy to clean this sort of stuff up, and return your computer to being a trusted tool, and not a liability.

A Magic Wand – Sorta

Malwarebytes is a software tool that’s kind of a magic wand for removing hackers and malware off your computer.

There’s a free trial.

It’s easy to run.

It’s fast, too.

It also often finds and removes bad stuff that other tools (*cough*Norton*cough*) miss.

It works on both Mac and PC.

Sound too good to be true?

I don’t know what kind of late-night black magic sacrifices the Malwarebytes crew have been making, but their work has protected my family and me (including three teenagers!) for three years and counting.

How to Install Malwarebytes

Step 1: Download the installer

A screenshot of the Malwarebytes download page.
The Malwarebytes download page.

Get the installer from here:

Step 2: Install the software

Run the installer that you downloaded (above). Use all the default suggestions, unless you specifically know you want to do something different.

Step 3: Scan your computer

A screenshot of the Malwarebytes user interface.
Scan your computer with Malwarebytes.

Once it installs and updates, Malwarebytes will scan your computer for bad stuff.

Remove whatever it finds, unless you specifically know that a program it’s tagged is okay.

Doing Even Better

Scanning and cleaning your computer with the free version of Malwarebytes is a great start; way to go!

And there’s a little more to do:

What you’ve done to this point is created a point in time where your computer is clean.

But you don’t want to have to remember to sit down and scan your computer every few days, right?

What you want to do is have your computer be clean on an ongoing basis, so you can forget about it, and concentrate on your work.

Not surprisingly, Malwarebytes can help with that too.

If you buy the premium version of the tool ($40/year for one device), you can schedule scans on whatever basis you like.

My personal schedule is to check for new updates and scan my computer every hour.

It doesn’t slow my computer down, and better safe than sorry, right?