General Settings

This is the first screen you will see when you click on Settings in the Menu Bar. It controls the basic look and feel of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. A screenshot of this screen is shown below.

There are four settings which can be configured here. They are as follows:


Notifications regarding rules database updates, program updates, and scan operations occur in notification windows. These windows appear at the lower right corner of your screen, outside of the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware interface. You may enable or disable these notifications. Notifications are enabled by default. Please note that some non-critical information may not be visible if you disable notifications.

Also, certain notifications may not be disabled. They will continue to be displayed regardless of this setting. Notifications which cannot be disabled are listed below. In many cases, these notifications will disappear after the amount of time selected by the Close Notification setting. Others exhibit different behavior. If this is the case, their behavior is also listed below.

Close Notification

When a notification window is displayed on your screen, it remains visible for a time period which you configure here. That time is configurable in a range of 3-15 seconds. The default time is 3 seconds.


This setting determines the language used throughout the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program. This is pre-set, based on the language used during program installation. It can be modified at will.

Explorer context menu entry

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has the capability to launch a Threat Scan upon one or more individual files or directories from within Windows Explorer by using the context menu that becomes available when the files/directories are right-clicked. This setting allows that capability to be turned on or off. The default setting is Yes (on).

PLEASE NOTE: If you had previously disabled this feature, the version 2.2.1 program update requires you to disable the feature following the update. Once disabled, that setting will be retained.

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