In fixing a PC for a friend this week I noticed that the free version of Malwarbytes had not been updated of run in a long time. As noted, the free version will not auto update or auto run. So then for the non-parinoid person Malwarebytes is simply installed and doing nothing… well that does no good. After updating the software and removing the crud that had infected it I had a realization; why not just use Windows Scheduled Tasks to update and run Malwarebytes? So a quick expereriment using the command line showed that it will take command line aruguments and run the update and full scan. Over to the Windows task scheduler, drop in two new tasks to run the update command and then run the full scan. There you have it, a more automated and hopefully sooner catch to nasty software that someone might get.
Just another step in automating the world one task at a time. I kick myself over not thinking of this sooner to help fend of nasty stuff from friends PCs.