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“Virus.” is a category of Malwarebytes’ detections that applies to malware that has the ability to self-replicate. To learn more about viruses, read our related blog content.

Type and source of infection

A virus is a piece of code that is capable of copying itself in order to do damage to your computer, including corrupting your system or destroying data. Potentially, computer systems can be infected with viruses in many of the same ways that they can be infected with other malware, but in recent years there have been very few real viruses in the wild.


Malwarebytes protects users from virus infections by using real-time protection.


Malwarebytes can detect and remove Virus infections without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that All Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Take note, however, that removing a virus does not always get you the original files back. You can only get your files back from backups you made before the infection happened. Or you may have to install damaged programs and software. If the infection has been present long it may even be necessary to backup your non-executable files and format the drives, so you can start from scratch.

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