How to Uninstall Malwarebytes From Any Computer

Remove this security software from your Mac or PC

Some users may find the popular Malwarebytes to be too resource intensive, or they want to go with a competing product after the trial period ends. If you've decided anti-malware isn't for you, learn how to uninstall Malwarebytes from your Mac or Windows computer.

If you're uninstalling Malwarebytes, remember it's important to have some type of antivirus software on your system at all times (even on Macs). If you're in the market for another antivirus program, there are plenty out there for you to consider.

How to Remove Malwarebytes on Mac

Malwarebytes is easy to uninstall on Mac. All you need to do is locate the uninstall feature from the Help menu.

  1. To avoid conflicts, turn off any other antivirus software products running on your Mac.

  2. Open the Malwarebytes application.

  3. Select Help in the Malwarebytes menu bar and choose Uninstall Malwarebytes from the menu.

    Help menu showing Uninstall Malwarebytes option
  4. When prompted to proceed with the uninstall, click Yes. You are directed to enter your admin password to proceed with the uninstall.

    Uninstall Malwarebytes confirmation prompt with Yes highlighted

    That's it: Malwarebytes is removed from your computer. You won't receive any notification of the removal, but you can check your Applications folder to verify the product is gone.

Even though Malwarebytes has been uninstalled, there may be leftover files on your computer. To rid your system of these files completely, use a product such as App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which removes these remains from your system.

How to Remove Malwarebytes on Windows

Removing Malwarebytes from a Windows system is almost as easy as removing it from a Mac.

  1. To avoid conflicts, turn off any other antivirus software products running on your system.

  2. Type "Control Panel" in the search box and then select Control Panel to open it.

    Locating and selecting the Control Panel in Windows
  3. Select Uninstall a program.

    Windows uninstall a program option on Control Panel
  4. In the list of programs, scroll down and double-click Malwarebytes to begin the uninstall.

    Windows list of programs with Malwarebytes highlighted
  5. Select Yes when prompted to uninstall the application.

    Malwarebytes uninstall prompt with Yes highlighted
  6. Choose Yes to restart your computer to fully complete the uninstall process.

    Prompt to restart computer to complete Malwarebyte uninstall

    Even though Malwarebytes has been uninstalled, there may be leftover files or registry keys on your computer. To rid your system of these files completely, you can use the Malwarebytes Clean Uninstall Tool or a third-party software designed for this purpose.

What to Do When Malwarebytes Won't Uninstall

Uninstalling Malwarebyes is usually a straightforward process. If you run into problems, try these troubleshooting tips:

  1. Close any open applications before performing the uninstall process, including any other antivirus products that may be running on your system.

  2. Make sure you're logged in as a user with Admin permissions on the computer you're trying to uninstall Malwarebytes from.

  3. If you continue to run into problems uninstalling Malwarebytes, contact Malwarebytes for help. You can chat with a technician or send in a support ticket for assistance.