How to remove Malwarebytes...

StarShot

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I've been trying to get rid of Malwarebytes for a long time. Yesterday I upgraded to Mojave 10.14 and then removed some program that looked like a Malware associate. Rebooted and the Malwarebyte icon disappeard from the top of my screen on my '13 MacBook Air. Yea!!!

A short time later, the Malwarebyte icon popped back up at the top of the screen.

I DON'T see anything in Finder/Applications that looks related to Malware. Anyone know a 100% move to delete this from my MBA other than to zero the computer back to factory status conditions?
 

keysofanxiety

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1) Reinstall MWB
2) Drag it from the Applications folder into AppCleaner: https://freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/
3) Tick all associated files and delete it

After that, all you’ll need to worry about is how to remove AppCleaner fully! Man, it’s a pain in the butt — and at times I’m sure it’s sentient, what with its reall...

*looks worryingly at computer screen*

No, no I didn’t mean it, AppCleaner. I was just joshing, that’s all! Please, not again! I’ll be good, I promise!

*anguish scream fades into a faint whirlling blender sound*

Computer: “Star. Shot. I was just... Josh. Ing. Use me... I mean, AppCleaner. To remove M - W - B and. All other associated. Applications.

With. Regards — Keys.”

Seriously though, the app’s great.
 
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Riwam

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I've been trying to get rid of Malwarebytes for a long time. Yesterday I upgraded to Mojave 10.14 and then removed some program that looked like a Malware associate. Rebooted and the Malwarebyte icon disappeard from the top of my screen on my '13 MacBook Air. Yea!!!

A short time later, the Malwarebyte icon popped back up at the top of the screen.

I DON'T see anything in Finder/Applications that looks related to Malware. Anyone know a 100% move to delete this from my MBA other than to zero the computer back to factory status conditions?
There are several very good tools easy to find, many of them free or at least free to try, which delete all the associated system remnants of any application one does not want any more.
Other, more general tools, offered to "clean/improve" the system, have also usually an "uninstalling" section.
However to make before trying any of them a bootable clone of the main drive and to make TimeMachine backups... are always good measures before installing something new one is not absolutely sure one will keep.
"Malwarebytes" is certainly not the only application leaving remnants in many places and, besides, to get entirely read of any no more wanted software is a very old computer problem. :mad:
I remember fierce battles with the Registry of Windows to get rid for instance of Norton/Symantec Antivirus or Nero burning application.
They were everywhere! :eek:
Not long ago I found out that the so called "Spring Creators Update" of Windows 10 would not be installed as long as my free "Avira" antivirus was in the OS.
As you, after deleting it I looked for every possible place where some component of it could still be hiding... without success...
Windows 10 still complained that "Avira" was installed... and at the end I had no choice than erasing Windows and installing a new one.
I often understand why my wife hates computers :rolleyes:
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StarShot

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Thanks Keysofanxiety and Riwam. I'll give your suggestions a try.
 

Fishrrman

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NastyNatex provided an answer, but an observation of my own:

Why would one want to get rid of MalwareBytes?
It's one of the more useful utility apps to have in one's toolbox...
 
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StarShot

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NastyNatex provided an answer, but an observation of my own:

Why would one want to get rid of MalwareBytes?
It's one of the more useful utility apps to have in one's toolbox...
I've come to agree with you and just subscribed for 2 years.