Each time Malwarebytes is launched, the first page visible to the user is the Dashboard. It is designed to provide program status, and to act as a launch pad for all program operations. A screenshot of the user interface — featuring the Dashboard — is shown below for reference.

Status Pane

The main area of the screen is the Status Pane, providing current system status. The first item displayed in system status is always the severity level. Severity levels are shown here:

There are many variations in the messages and sub-messages which may be displayed for each severity level.

Real-Time Protection Pane

This pane shows whether Real-Time Protection is on or off, when the last scan was executed, and the status of your protection database. If you are in Trial mode, Real-Time Protection is enabled unless you turn it off. Please note that Real-Time Protection is enabled only for Malwarebytes Premium and Malwarebytes Trial users. This feature is not available if you are using the Free version.

You may encounter threats while performing your everyday tasks. When Real-Time Protection is enabled, a threat would trigger the following notification in the upper right corner of your screen.

Click Close to dismiss the notification, or click Show to launch the Quarantine screen, as shown here. There may also be instances when real-time protection quarantines a threat and determines that a restart is necessary to remediate the threat fully. That notification looks very similar. It is shown here.

When a restart is required, please remember to save all work before clicking Restart.