|"the virus takes over before i can even run the anti-virus"|
You now have to outsmart the virus, renaming is one way.
Here are some techniques used on MBAM, but can be used on any program.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware ( MBAM ) Use Quick scan.
If your MBAM log indicates "No action taken." That's usually a result of NOT clicking the Remove Selected button after the scan.
Quick Scan versus Full Scan
FAQ - Common Issues, Questions, and their Solutions.
PUM = Potentially Unwanted Modifications.
Action for Potentially Unwanted Modifications (PUM): This option identifies system setting modifications which may have an adverse effect or direct impact of available functionality or resources of the system.
VIPRE Rescue Program
Try it in Normal mode first, if that fails try Safe mode with Networking.
If it won't run, rename the downloaded mbam-setup.exe file to mb.exe to help work around certain malware that will block it from being run.
If it still will not run.
1: Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and uninstall Malwarebytes.
Next redownload Malwarebytes but rename it before you download it to your desktop. As you are in the process of downloading when you get to the point that the "enter name of file to save to" box appears, in the "filename" slot, rename mbam-setup.exe to something.exe, then click Save.
If it installed but will not run, navigate to this folder:
2: C:\Programs Files\Malwarebytes' AntiMalware
At the top of the page, Tools > Folder Options > View, click > Show hidden files and folders and untick > Hide extensions for known file types.
How to see hidden files in Windows
Rename all the .exe files in the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder and try to run it again.
When it opens, update 1st.
If it won't update after installing, update manually.
Download & install.