Malwarebytes for Students and Employees

Malwarebytes is a virus, malware, and spyware scanning program. CUIT has purchased Malwarebytes Endpoint Security Premium licenses that students and Columbia employees can download for free. 

Active Students

If you are an active student (of Columbia University, CUIMC, Barnard, Teachers College, or UTS), CUIT encourages you to download and install Malwarebytes to protect your computer for free.

Each student is entitled to one (1) license for an endpoint of your choice, such as your computer or Android-based device. Your license needs to be validated every 12 months to confirm you are still an active student of the University.

Students also receive the benefit of Malwarebytes’ expert support for technical issues.


Active Columbia Employees

If you are an active employee of Columbia University, CUIT encourages you to download and install Malwarebytes to protect your computer for free.

Each employee is entitled to one (1) license for an endpoint of your choice, such as your personal computer or Android-based device. To address remote work requirements, we have made Malwarebytes available to employees' personal machines for the current year (2020).

Columbia employees will also receive the benefit of Malwarebytes’ expert support for technical issues.

NOTICE: For Columbia Employees (including CUIMC Employees)

  • This installer was created for personal workstations and laptops. It should not be installed on Columbia-owned servers or computers.

  • Attention: Only IT administrators should fill out the Malwarebytes Site Request Form. 

If you would like to have Malwarebytes installed on a University-managed computer (managed by a department outside of CUIT), please have your IT administrator complete a Malwarebytes Site request form for your specific affiliation at Columbia.

Note: If you are a Columbia University Irving Medical Center user and are looking for endpoint protection for your Columbia-owned devices, please contact CUMC Security at [email protected].

If you do not have a departmental IT administrator and are the administrator of your own Columbia-owned computer, please contact CUIT Cybersecurity at [email protected].


CUIT-managed-computers are automatically configured with Malwarebytes. The easiest way to check if you have a CUIT-managed computer is to look on your computer and see if you have the CUIT software download center installed:

  • For Windows: You have the CUIT Software Center icon on your desktop.
  • For Macs: You have the Self Service center in your applications folder.

Download and claim Malwarebytes license

Enter a valid Columbia email address on the registration page to claim your license

Please enter your Columbia UNI and password.

Then, click on the Sign Up link and provide your full name. 

Columbia Authentication System (CAS) Login

Malwarebytes will offer you the options to Download or Activate. First, you must download and install the software. Later, you will activate so you can have access to Malwarebytes Premium features.

Click on the Download button to download the Malwarebytes software, then follow the directions below to complete the installation:

Malwarebytes license key example

Install/Upgrade Malwarebytes for macOS/OSX

If you did not just register and download Malwarebytes, visit visit https://my.malwarebytes.com/en/edu/email to get the newest version of the software.

If you have the installer downloaded, proceed to the next step.

Save the installer to your hard drive, and make a note of the folder in which you saved it.

For most users, downloaded files are saved in your Downloads folder.

Double click on the package (.pkg) file and follow the prompts to complete the installation. Malwarebytes has a detailed Mac installation guide if you have any questions about the steps. 

Install/Upgrade Malwarebytes for Windows

If you did not just register and download Malwarebytes, then visit https://my.malwarebytes.com/en/edu/email to get the newest version of the software.

If you have the installer downloaded, proceed to the next step.

Locate the setup file that was downloaded.

In most cases, downloaded files are saved to the Downloads folder of your device. 

Double click on the executable (.exe) file and follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Malwarebytes has a detailed Windows installation guide if you have any questions about the steps. 

Guides/FAQs

For instructions on how to uninstall Malwarebytes for Windows, please use the Malwarebytes' Windows uninstallation guide.

For instructions on how to uninstall Malwarebytes for Mac, please use Malwarebytes' Mac uninstallation guide.

First, log into your Malwarebytes account. Please reference Malwarebytes' subcription guide to learn all that you can do from your account page.

 

First, log into your Malwarebytes account. Then, review Malwarebytes' license key guide for step-by-step instructions.

Malwarebytes offers a detailed transfer/deactivation guide that will walk you through this process.