• Malwarebytes Free start-up

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    I run Malwarebytes Free and on the Settings > Security tab there is a switch to toggle “Launch Malwarebytes in the background when Windows starts up”

    I understand the Free edition doesn’t have real-time protection so why would you run it the background at start-up?

    Windows 10 Home 21H2, Acer Aspire TC-1660 desktop + LibreOffice, non-techie

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    • #2447909

      Malwarebytes Free starts popping up advertisements (for Malwarebytes Premium) if you leave it open long enough, so presumably they want people to agree to launch it in the background at Windows start up so they can advertise to you. I suppose one could argue that having it already open would slightly improve the initial scan time, but I prefer my theory!

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    • #2447998

      If you have a context menu item “Scan with Malwarebytes”, it would save having to load Malwarebytes each time you select that item.


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    • #2448007

      I use malware bytes ADW cleaner.

    • #2448831

      My Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Home (Free) apparently will not update.  I do the update manually, and the first few times it said that “there are no new updates”.  It never said that before.  I tried again today and it said “Unable to access update server”.  Has anyone else had this happen?  I’m using MBAM version which has worked fine until the past few days.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2448848

        @Charlie, having similar problem except I am using version & I only get the message no updates available. I noticed there was some discussion on the malwarebytes forum. Try googling MBAM 2.2.1 no definitions after may 19th

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        • #2448861

          I’ve had MBAM on my Win 7 computer from the beginning, and now this. It looks like they’ve pulled the plug on older versions.  I’ve also read, that the only way to get the free version now is to get the premium 14 day trial version and let it run out. It then supposedly reverts back to the free version.  I’ll experiment some more before I give up on Malwarebytes.

          If I come up with anything I’ll post it here.  Thanks again.

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

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        • #2449174

          Thanks @Charlie, I am going to sit tight for a while. According to recent forum updates, looks like MBAM servers problems, Malwarebytes admits a back end problem, and one of MBAM staff advises users to wait.

          Thanks for the information but I have tried and don’t like the newer versions. I actually use a very old 1x version on an older computer for which I still can get updates. So was odd that 2x versions stopped getting updates.

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        • #2449039

          @Charlie and @Sueska

          Please see my reply just below this one.



    • #2449041

      @Charlie and @Sueska

      Both of you need to install the latest version of MBAM, which is certified to work with Windows 7. The latest version number is, as of this writing, 4.59.198 for MBAM.

      To get the free version, install the item located at the link that I provide below that goes directly to the Malwarebytes download server. The file that you will download will be about 259 megs in size, so please be patient as it downloads. Even if you use a little “stub” downloader from Malwarebytes, it will still go out and get the entire 259 meg file once it realizes you’re on such an old version. OK, here’s the link:


      To get things going, just double click on the file and it will take things from there. Be careful to NOT click on (or decline by clicking “Skip this for now”) the offer to install Malwarebytes’ Browser Guard, as it’s NOT required in order to run the latest version of MBAM. Browser Guard is an extension intended to help keep you safe from things such as drive by downloads and sites that are regarded as laden with crapware, but your already-installed regular anti-crapware solution might already be providing this type of service.

      Please keep in mind that the installer might not proceed, instead asking you to first uninstall the older edition. Please do so if it asks you to.

      Either during the installation or the very first time you launch MBAM, it will very likely go out and get the latest definitions that are available for itself.

      I’ve also read, that the only way to get the free version now is to get the premium 14 day trial version and let it run out.

      Once you get it installed, you don’t have to wait out the 14 days to get the free version, you just have to turn off the trial within the application itself. To do so, launch MBAM and once it’s up and running, click the “gear” shaped icon in the upper right corner of the window.

      That brings up the Settings menus. Go ahead and click on the setting that’s labeled “Account” and is towards the top of the window. Be default, the “General” area is highlighted when you get into the Settings menus, so just click on the above-mentioned item that says “Account”.

      That will then take you to the account-related info and settings. Simply look on that page, and there should be an item that says something like “deactivate trial” or “terminate trial”. Clicking on that item should then produce a warning that you won’t be protected full time and maybe other “dire”warnings. Ignore them and click “OK” anyway, and in just a couple of moments, your license status will then say “Always free (Upgrade to Premium…)” and “Malwarebytes Free” will be listed for the type of edition of the program you have. Based upon my experience with MBAM and the many updates I’ve gone through, if you’ve made any configuration changes in the settings, they will be preserved when you deactivate the trial license. Any changes made to the paid stuff obviously won’t be preserved.

      Any other ??’s, feel free to post back here!

      BTW, in case you were wondering, the reason you’re no longer getting any kind of definition updates is because your version of MBAM is so old.

      I hope this helps!



      • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Bob99. Reason: D'Oh! Forgot to include the download link
      • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Bob99. Reason: Added name of browser extension, Browser Guard
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      • #2449183

        Bob99,  you missed a dot – the version number is (just in case some people are trying to find 4.59.198).  Other than that typo your post is full of great,  useful and accurate information.


    • #2449180

      @Bob99 – Thank you for giving all that information.  I’ve copied it all into a text file so I’ll have it all when and if I need it.  The only reason I say “if” is that I’ve also heard some not so good things about the newer versions.  I don’t want anything that may give me headaches on my Win 7 computer which I don’t use much on the Internet/Web anyway.

      I’m hoping that Sueska is right and MBAM is having problems.  The relatively easy, simple to use and update MBAM Free that I’ve had since 2015 suits me.  I’m going to wait like Sueska and see what happens.  Thanks again for all that info. which I will keep on hand if I find it’s the only way around this.

      We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

      • #2449232

        @Charlie, Keep an eye on the MBAM forum. Sadly now looking like 2x version may be dc.

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        • #2449352

          If in fact the 2x versions of MBAM are discontinued, that is a very inconsiderate, rude way of “letting us know” so to speak.  It’s more like making us wonder and guess what has happened.     🙁

          We're getting Sticker Shock everywhere now, not just car dealers.

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