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Brcobrem

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  1. Based on the above, I'm going to just select "Home". Thanks to everyone for the feedback, comments and suggestions!
  2. Hi MWB Forum, I'm currently running MWB Premium v3.6.1.3127. I just received a "Malwarebytes | Premium" "Upgrade Available" popup on my Windows PC. I started (but Red X'd out) when I saw the question asking me "Where are you installing Malwarebyte?". I have a choice of clicking on "Personal Computer" or "Work Computer". Why am I now being asked this and what are the implications of how I answer that question? Thanks for your help . . .
  3. Now you're running without any protection. Yep, much simpler, just not safe.
  4. I gave you all an easy workaround in Post# 400 on Pg16. Here it is again embellished: Workaround until fix released: 1. Using the Windows Desktop, right Click MWB icon in Windows System Tray (ie. where clock is> and Exit it. 2. Then go into <Windows> Action Center (in Control Panel's Security section), dropdown both Virus Protection and also Spyware, click the blue View link, select/change to Windows Defender for both. Nothing to uninstall, no reboots, no gnashing of teeth, no surfing or running programs without AV/Malware protection. Just a simple workaround whose only prerequisite is a little patience until the fix is released. Regards . . .
  5. I just saw my very first Windows 8.1 "Running Low on Memory" form. That was at about 27GB RAM used on a 32GB RAM box. Yep, Malwarebytes Services running CPU at higher than normal and Memory counting up like a rocket launching. At 18GB and I just rebooted about 10 mins ago. Also - This may or may not be related, but I'll ask anyway: Has anyone else had random BSOD's on hal.dll + ntoskrnl.exe lately? (I do not want to discuss the details of that here, but just want to see if the BSOD's might be related to the MWB issue). Workaround until fix released: Right Click MWB in Tray and Exit it. Then go into Action Center select Windows Defender for malware and AV. Regards . . .
  6. I can't believe I can't edit/correct my own post. Geez! Please ignore my original post above. Here's the corrected version: Hi MWB forum, Here's a couple heads-ups on MWB (as of v3.1.2.1733): 1. When installed on Win7, where Microsoft Security Essentials (aka MSE) is already installed, if you want MWB to handle anti-virus instead of MSE, there's no prompt by the MWB install/upgrade wizard to advise you to uninstall MSE (and reboot) before installing MWB . 2. "Settings | Scan Schedule | the default "Normal" scheduled scan" : a. First, there is no "Reset to Default" button. On Win8 and Win8 Operation Type is Threat, Scheduled Options (via Advanced button) Scan within Archives is enabled. I believe the default for this Threat scan is Weekly, and that would make sense since it include a full file system scan and takes some time and CPU/IO resource, especially on non-SSD systems b. If you don't drop down the Advanced button, you don't see that Recovery Options's "Recover missed tasks" is disabled (ie. not checked). That's a big mistake: It should be enabled by default. I just looked at two PCs that weren't powered on in the early AM hours and they haven't done this default scan in months :-( Again, my thinking is that since this is a fast Threat scan, if missed in the early AM, it should run soon after there is user activity on the PC in any given new day. c. There is no Help for the Recovery Options section in your web based help system. 3. "Settings | Scan Schedule" : I feel there should also be another default scan provided and scheduled: A Hyper Scan. My thinking is that since this is a fast scan, Daily (Recurrence = 1 day) with Recovery (enabled) = 23 hours should be the default. Hth. Comments and corrections are always welcome. Regards . . .
  7. Hi MWB forum, Here's a couple heads-ups on MWB (as of v3.1.2.1733): 1. When installed on Win7, where Microsoft Security Essentials (aka MSE) is already installed, if you want MWB to handle anti-virus instead of MSE, there's no prompt by the MWB install/upgrade wizard to advise you to uninstall MSE (and reboot) before installing MWB . 2. "Settings | Scan Schedule | the default "Normal" scheduled scan" : a. There is no "Reset to Default" button. On Win8 and Win8 Operation Type is Threat, Scheduled Options (via Advanced button) Scan within Archives is enabled. Frequency defaults to Daily. On Win7, it's Weekly. So what is the default? Daily or Weekly? My thinking is that since this is a fast Threat scan, Daily (Recurrence = 1 day) should be the default. b. If you don't drop down the Advanced button, you don't see that Recovery Options's "Recover missed tasks" is disabled (ie. not checked). That's a big mistake: It should be enabled by default. I just looked at two PCs that weren't powered on in the early AM hours and they haven't done this default scan in months :-( Again, my thinking is that since this is a fast Threat scan, if missed in the early AM, it should run soon after there is user activity on the PC in any given new day. c. There is no Help for the Recovery Options section in your web based help system. That's all for now. Hth. Regards . . .
  8. (For whatever reason, I can no longer edit my post above. Here's the revised conclusion to that post) : As another test, I just downloaded the eicar.com.txt file ( https://secure.eicar.org/eicar.com.txt ). I removed the ".txt", right clicked on it for a MWB scan, and MWB says: That is not reassuring by any means :-( For now, I'm leaving it at "NEVER register . . .". At least this way, I know anti-virus at the file level is working via Windows Defender. I click on eicar.com and at least I get : I also get this one: And as before, (with Defender running for file level security) going to http://iptest.malwarebytes.org/ seems to suggest that MWB is providing some level of web protection. This feeling of uncertainty doesn't speak well for the sense of protection that I'm supposed to get from a security product. For this reason, at this version and this build level, if I were asked how likely I was to recommend MWB to a friend, I would have to answer that question as a 0 out of 5. Additionally, base on my testing and imho, MWB should completely pull v3.x off the market until they are they are absolutely sure their product is capable of providing both web AND file level protection, if they contend that this product is also "anti-virus". No anti-virus product should fail the eicar.com file test. Regards . . .
  9. Hi leinieman, I'm running version: Today upon startup of Win8.1 I was greeted with the all to familiar MWB warning that Web Protection was turned off. Keying off of your success, I tried this and it worked for me today (so far, and I've done a couple reboots since) : I didn't uninstall anything. I opened MWB | Protection tab | turned on Web Protection, and as usual, it just sit there spinning "Starting". Next (as you suggested) I chose the non-default "Never register . . . " I closed MWB, waited less than a minute, and the Web Protection came on by itself. Having joy with that, I decided that "Always register . . ." would be happier, so I chose that and exited MWB. I immediately and briefly see this Action Center popup from the System Tray: That pic above is a correct notification, because in Win8x, Defender is both anti-virus AND anti-malware. The new MWB is also both anti-virus AND anti-malware, and replaces Defender. Action Center now looks like this: To test this further, I did not close MWB, I just chose "Let Malwarebytes apply . . .". I immediate get this popup from the Tray: Interestingly, with MWB still open, the MWB icon in the tray still looks ok (no red), and a right click shows: It would seems that at his point, my PC is using BOTH Defender and MWB for security scanning. What program is doing what security would require further testing and I have other (paid) work to do today. At least from my testing, it appears that the situation where Web Protection won't start, can be cured by toggling that Windows Action Center section on MWB's Application tab. I just ran a MWB "web" test (ie. http://iptest.malwarebytes.org/ ) and MWB seems to be working. I get Tray popup: As a confirmation test, I now just toggled it back to "Always register . . ." and once again MWB seems to be king of the hill: For now, I'm leaving it at "Always register . . .". At least this way, I think I'm getting what I paid MWB for, or at least I hope I am. This feeling of uncertainty doesn't speak well for the sense of protection that I'm supposed to get from a security product. For this reason, at this version and this build level, if I were asked how likely I was to recommend MWB to a friend, I would have to answer that question as a 1 out of 5. HTH, Regards . . .
  10. Before I have to jump through hoops, please let me ask this question in a different way: When MWB is installed on a Win8.1 PC, and the user logs into the traditional Windows Desktop (ie. not Metro), is the user suppose to see a highlighted MWB icon on the Task bar ? Thanks again . . .
  11. HI Firefox, Thank you for the reply, Please allow me to make a correction to my observed issue: In my OP, I said, ". . . Instead, MBW reduces itself to the Task bar, and is there flashing.". I know I've seen that flashing icon in the Taskbar before, but today it just a highlighted icon (non-flashing), like the icon you'd see if you opened up Word or Excel. If I right click on that icon, I see "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Notifications", pin this program to task bar", and "Close window". Also note that I have already scheduled a weekly Automated "Threat scan" that is working (I see it ran in the History | Application Logs). That would imply to me that MWB should not be warning me after login that a scan needs to be done, because I already have scanning automated. I do notice today that my weekly scan has not occured in over a week. That is possibly becuase I have the scan scheduled for early AM, and the PC has been powered off (not sleep/hybernate) recently in the early AM. That said, even during periods where the PC was sleep/hybernate, the scan woke the PC up and ran on schedule, yet I still have MWB icon in the Task Bar. Is my seeing that highlighted or flashing icon "by design" ? Or, should MWB automatically reduce itself to the System Tray? I'm already at v2.1.8.1057 and today's database version. Do you still require the reports? Regards . . .
  12. Hi forum menbers, I have MWB set to start when Windows starts. After I log into Windows, MWB starts as desired, but it doesn't just automatically reduce itself to the System Tray (ie. where the time, day and date display). Instead, MBW reduces itself to the Task bar, and is there flashing. That forces me to have to manally open MWB, then "X" out, just to get it to go away from the task bar. I would like not to have to manually intervene every time I log into Windows. How can I change MWB to just load silently and show in the System Tray like most anti-virus/anti-malware products do? I appreciate your reply(s). Regards . . .
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