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What’s MBSetup.exe (Malwarebytes Setup)? Is it safe or a virus?

MBSetup.exe (Malwarebytes Setup) is an executable developed by Malwarebytes Inc, one of the most popular antivirus software apps for Windows.

When executed, MBSetup.exe starts the Malwarebytes Antivirus installation process. Once the installation is complete, the user can run Malwarebytes to scan for and remove any malware, viruses, or other malicious software from their system.

We at SpyShelter are fans of Malwarebytes Antivirus, and this popular antivirus shouldn't conflict with our software. Just make sure the MBSetup.exe installer is actually signed by Malwarebytes, and then you'll know it's safe.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes MBSetup.exe (Malwarebytes Setup)?

We’ve found Malwarebytes Inc should be the publisher of MBSetup.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is MBSetup.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the MBSetup.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find MBSetup.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 2, 2024

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