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      • #2298237 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        MBAM02

        It’s a 256GB SSD (with 60GB free) with an additional 2TB HDD (of which 1.52TB is unused) so about 700MB in total to scan…. 90 hours?

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      • #2298248 Reply
        PaulK
        AskWoody Lounger

        This is still at the stage of Checking for updates, on a 300 (or is it 75)? baud dial-up. Remember these?

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        • #2298415 Reply
          Ascaris
          AskWoody_MVP

          This is still at the stage of Checking for updates, on a 300 (or is it 75)? baud dial-up. Remember these?

          300 baud was normal long before there was such a thing as Checking for updates. I had a 300 baud, pulse-dialing modem in about 1985, for my Commodore 64. By 1988 or so, I’d had enough of the slowness, and the new Commodore 1670 modem (1200 bps) seemed like a rocket.

          The usual modem that people refer to from the dial-up internet era was the 57kbps modem, which became popular in the mid 1990s. It was nominally 190 times the speed of the 300-baud, though in practice it never got to more then 53k in the US (some kind of regulatory thing). It needed a very clean phone line to be able to get that kind of connection reliably.

          Group "L" (KDE Neon Linux, User Edition).

      • #2298255 Reply
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        I have Malwarebytes, the free version, in a Mac that has 1 TB SSD with some 200 GB occupied. Everyday, before calling it a day, I run first my AV (Webroot SecureAnywhere) and then Malwarebytes. I have been using the free version for six months and, so far, all the MB scans have lasted consistently around 40 seconds.

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

        • #2298634 Reply
          The Surfing Pensioner
          AskWoody Plus

          My free MBAM (Program version 4.2.1) takes rather less than a minute to scan my Win.10 Professional version 1909 (OS Build 18363.10.16). Look away and you’ve missed it!

      • #2298260 Reply
        CADesertRat
        AskWoody Plus

        Wow Rick, 90 hours for the Premium MBAM to check for updates!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        My free MBAM 4.2.1 takes about 5 minutes to run the whole check/scan on my 500 GB SSD.

        Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does ๐Ÿ™‚
        4 Win 10 Pro at 1909 (3 Desktops, 1 Laptop).

      • #2298261 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        This is still at the stage of Checking for updates, on a 300 (or is it 75)? baud dial-up. Remember these?

        I think a teeny-weeny person takes each file individually, walks them to MBAM HQ then returns them afterwards. It’s the only explanation that fits. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • #2298272 Reply
          OscarCP
          AskWoody Plus

          And it does all that without getting paid, so is not really keen on doing it quickly. Or at all.

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

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      • #2298264 Reply
        Moonbear
        AskWoody Lounger

        I remember hearing about the myriad of issues people were having when Malwarebytes 4.0 was released last November (high memory usage, high RAM usage, redlining CPUs or not even being able to get it to install at all).

        But I’ve never heard of it doing anything like your screenshot shows, it seems Malwarebytes hasn’t worked out all of its issues after all.

      • #2298278 Reply
        GoneToPlaid
        AskWoody Plus

        I always manually check for updates before I start a MBAM scan. ๐Ÿ™‚

         

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      • #2298288 Reply
        Bob99
        AskWoody Plus

        ROTFLOL with some of the comments above!

        But, seriously, Rick, I’d use the built-in updater to get your copy of MBAM to version 4.2.1, which was released last week. I got it when I manually checked for definition updates with the free version that I run. Updating the installation may solve your problem by fixing an errant .dll or executable within the installation.

        To use the built-in updater, I prefer going to the settings area (using the “gear” shaped icon in the upper right corner of the window) and then clicking on the “About” tab. Then click on the “Check for updates” link in blue. But that’s just my own preference, as you can also use the button in the “Application updates” section of the “General” tab of the settings.

        Nearly 90 hours is just WAAAAAYYYYYY too long for MBAM to be checking for updates, even with a 300 baud modem!!ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • #2298289 Reply
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        I have a question about “checking manually for updates”, mentioned already here: I have the free version of Malwarebytes and in “Settings” have some options for getting and installing updates (see attached screenshot), but is not entirely clear to me whether it it is all automatic, or if one can choose to update manually. So far I’ve been using it for several months, at least once a day, but so far I have not been notified of updates being available and asked if I wish to install them. Could someone comment on this? Thanks.
        Screen-Shot-2020-09-22-at-10.14.55-PM-1

        EDIT: html to txt

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

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        • #2298868 Reply
          The Surfing Pensioner
          AskWoody Plus

          With my free version of MBAM, when I open the program and click on ‘Scan’, the first thing the system does is check for definition updates. When a program update comes along, I get a little notification asking me if I want to install it. Usually I do. Whoops, it just completed another scan now, whilst I was typing. Must’ve taken seconds!

          • #2298898 Reply
            OscarCP
            AskWoody Plus

            Thanks TSP. Do you have “Automatically update to a new version of Malwarebytes” unchecked? I have it checked, as one can see in the picture, so maybe that is my problem: I had not been paying enough attention. I’ll uncheck it and see how it goes.

            Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

            • #2298914 Reply
              The Surfing Pensioner
              AskWoody Plus

              No, I have “Notify me when a new version becomes available” checked.

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              • #2298918 Reply
                OscarCP
                AskWoody Plus

                TSP: Comparing your picture to mine it looks like we have different versions of Free Malwarebytes. Mine does not have that option you have selected, only the choice to update automatically or not. The two pictures also look different: mine has tick marks, yours has sliding On/Off buttons. Clicking on “Check for Updates” in the “Malwarebytes” item in its window’s toolbar tells me that it is “up to date.” So maybe it is. How about yours?

                Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

              • #2298968 Reply
                The Surfing Pensioner
                AskWoody Plus

                I’ve got version 4.2.1 which MBAM informs me is up-to-date. I only downloaded this version a week or so ago, I remember. What version have you got, Oscar?

              • #2299073 Reply
                OscarCP
                AskWoody Plus

                TSP:

                I just checked, and my version is 4.5.14, as shown in the attached screen shot. Odd that this number is so different from yours, as you updated Malwarebytes a week ago and I doubt that it has gone through three major updates in that short a time!

                Screen-Shot-2020-09-26-at-11.21.16-AM

                Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

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              • #2299085 Reply
                PKCano
                Da Boss

                @OscarCP
                Yours is the Mac version.
                Everyone else is using Windows.
                The versions may be different

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              • #2299077 Reply
                Rick Corbett
                AskWoody_MVP

                Mine’s set to ‘automatic updates’ but I’ve just carried out a manual update and it’s gone from 4.2.1. to 4.2.1.819.

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              • #2299119 Reply
                The Surfing Pensioner
                AskWoody Plus

                Hi Oscar, thanks for the message. I can’t explain the slightly different version number, except that we live in different parts of the globe. My MBAM has “Notify me when a new version becomes available” checked, which the system faithfully does, and I updated the version on both my P.C. and my laptop within the last 10 days, so who knows what is going on? But I do find the settings on my version preferable to those on yours, and your version has already acquired a slightly questionable reputation (see https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/262356-version-4514-weird-behavior/page/2/), so I might fight shy of it for a while when it is offered to me!

              • #2299121 Reply
                PKCano
                Da Boss

                He’s using a Mac. Mac version may be different.

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              • #2299122 Reply
                The Surfing Pensioner
                AskWoody Plus

                Thanks, PK. I’ve just done a bit more research and come to the same conclusion, that MBAM Free 4.5.14 is a Malwarebytes for Mac version.

              • #2299153 Reply
                OscarCP
                AskWoody Plus

                TSP: Thanks for the link. The discussion there, I find, is about the paid version (“real-time shields”, etc.) I have the free version and some of the features the people in that forum mention are not available in “free.”

                Or at least in “free for Macs.” Well, that is that, I guess. I have removed the check mark on the “automatic updates” option, so now it is no longer set to do them. I’ll keep it this way for a few days, see if I get a request to update in that time. Also I’ll try to update manually, see if I still get the message that MB is “up to date”. Then, whatever the result, I’ll set MB back to doing “automatic” downloads.

                Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

      • #2298391 Reply
        RetiredGeek
        AskWoody MVP

        I think you may have a problem other than MBam!

        MBScanTime
        The update took less than one minute. The scan 2 min. 15 sec.

        May the Forces of good computing be with you!

        RG

        PowerShell & VBA Rule!
        Computer Specs

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      • #2298397 Reply
        Barry
        AskWoody Plus

        I had the same problem yesterday. I killed the processes and tried again a couple of hours later and it worked fine. Probably a server issue on MBAM’S side.

        Barry
        Windows 10 Home V 20H2

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      • #2298441 Reply
        zat_so
        AskWoody Plus

        It’s good to know that paying for the premium version gets you extra-thorough scans ๐Ÿ‘

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      • #2298482 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        Well, MBAM is now updated to 4.2.1. I just tried a manual scan and it completed in 5 mins 32 secs… so all appears to be back to normal now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • #2298814 Reply
        doriel
        AskWoody Lounger

        These estamations are often misleading, not just MBAM does this, but this looks like a HUUUGE update.

        Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 1809 Enterprise

        HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

      • #2299752 Reply
        4sure5
        AskWoody Plus

        After using MWB free for many trouble-free years, I decided to give a good product my $ and upgraded to Premium.ย  After 2 months of Premium use, with no changes to my laptop. it has reverted to the free program and won’t let me activate back to Premium.ย  I’ve gone through their forum and spent too much time trying to figure this out, and after 10 days, have not heard back from “support”.ย  Frustrating.

        • #2299811 Reply
          doriel
          AskWoody Lounger

          Seems like you are not the first victim. Looks like version update sometimes wipes premium licese.

          Older post with same symptoms from year 2019

          Fingers crossed! I hope you can get some revenue.

          Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 1809 Enterprise

          HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

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