Maurice Naggar

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  1. Protections off

    You are welcome.
  2. Protections off

    Hi. Thanks for the reports. Plese perform a clean re-install for Malwarebytes using MB-CLEAN. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.
  3. Protections off

    Hi Rachelc. Its best to have your own (separate) thread. What is the update you mentioned ? please run these two tools and then attach the logs in your next reply: The tools and the information obtained is safe and not harmful to your privacy or your computer, please allow the programs to run if blocked by your system. Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) Download FRST and save it to your desktop Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. You can check here if you're not sure if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit Double-click to run FRST and when the tool opens click "Yes" to the disclaimer Press the "Scan" button This will produce two files in the same location (directory) as FRST: FRST.txt and Addition.txt Leave the log files in the current location, they will be automatically collected by mb-check once you complete the next set of instructions MB-Check Download MB-Check and save to your desktop Double-click to run MB-Check and within a few second the command window will open, press "Enter" to accept the EULA then click "OK" This will produce one log file on your desktop: This file will include the FRST logs generated from the previous set of instructions Attach this file to your forum post by clicking on the "Drag files here to attach, or choose files..." or simply drag the file to the attachment area
  4. Does Malwarebytes detect Coinhive?

    To your original query, also read this article on our Blog about crypto-currency hijackers. At the end of the original blog post. there is a list of several "miners" we block. As to antivirus, the Malwarebytes 3 Premium is a replacement for antivirus. You can if you wish just have our Premium program. That said, it is always best practice to have each user of your machine practice safe web, email, pc use all the time. Follow best safety practices. Safer practices & malware prevention: Follow best practices when browsing the Internet, especially on opening links coming from untrusted sources. First rule of internet safety: slow down & think before you "click". Free games & free programs are like "candy". We do not accept them from "strangers". Never open attachments that come with unexpected ( out of the blue ) email no matter how enticing. Never open attachments from the email itself. Do not double click in the email. Always Save first and then scan with antivirus program. Never click links without first hovering your mouse over the link and seeing if it is going to an odd address ( one that does not fit or is odd looking or has typos). Pay close attention when installing 3rd-party programs. It is important that you pay attention to the license agreements and installation screens when installing anything off of the Internet. If an installation screen offers you Custom or Advanced installation options, it is a good idea to select these as they will typically disclose what other 3rd party software will also be installed. Take great care in every stage of the process and every offer screen, and make sure you know what it is you're agreeing to before you click "Next".Use a Standard user account rather than an administrator-rights account when "surfing" the web. See more info on Corrine's SecurityGarden Blog Dont remove your current login. Just use the new Standard-user-level one for everyday use while on the internet. Check in at Windows Update and install any Important Updates offered. Make certain that Automatic Updates is enabled. How to configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows Check on other update issues as well, by getting, installing and using Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) on a regular basis. See How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector ( by Flexera) Keep your system and programs up to date. Several programs release security updates on a regular basis to patch vulnerabilities. Keeping your software patched up prevents attackers from being able to exploit them to drop malware. For other added tips, read "10 easy ways to prevent malware infection"
  5. Does Malwarebytes detect Coinhive?

    Yes it does. Our program detects a number of cryptocurrency hijacks.
  6. Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

    Just as a general note. There is a freeware utility called InSpectre by Steve Gibson from Gibson Research. It can display a summary status about the OS and processor hardware status. It can check the OS for the patch status as to Meltdown. The status of hardware vulnerability to Spectre. And if you have the Meltdown patches, it will rate the performance of the system if patches have been applied. See all the details at
  7. Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

    @TimNH I do not see where you mentioned what OS version is on this pc. Is it Windows 10 ? which build version ? There have been some glitches on AMD-based hardware. MS for a while turned off the latest patch, and I believe has it turned back on. There are several places to check on this; but best at Microsoft. Here is one resource link also see
  8. Firefox extension

    It's more like a pre-beta preview. as noted, they are not yet publicized
  9. Firefox extension

    Hi. Legitimate, yes. It is just not being publicized. Note it is marked as experimental.
  10. MalwareBytes v3.3.1 Crashes Windows 7(x64)

    I really seriously doubt anything at all, that the "crash" experience has anything to do with the MS security pacth !! I just think it has to do with either or both, of the pc having ESET antivrus and possibly having Malwarebytes in "trial mode". ( but more likely, bad installs on prior setup runs). If Malwarebytes is in "trial mode" Eset should be ajusted to treat Malwarebytes as a trusted app. And the same if Malwarebytes is in Premium mode. You just are using Malwarebytes as a free mode on-demand scanner. Lets have you review inside the program and visually re-check. Start Malwarebytes. Look on the Dashboard screen. Look at the title bar ( way at top) and next bar just below. Do they show "free"? Click the Settings button >> then Protection tab. scroll down to Startup options. What do you see there? Click the My Account tab. What do you see there? If you see a lit button for "Deativate Premium Trial" then click that so that free mode is set. I am confident that if the install is good, there should be no "crashes". By the way, you remarked <<The only difference that I can think of is that if the machine has booted and been up for > 5 mins ish since installing as ADMINISTRATOR I am not able to reproduce problem. Is this something to do with how soon after the boot that I run MalwareBytes or some interaction with the programs I run at boot time?? >> ESET Nod32 is one active security app to keep always in mind. and I do believe there is also elements of SUPERAntiSpyware running too. There is also the drivers from Trusteer Rapport. It is quite possible ( Trusteer ) may have conflicted. By the way, running the installer as Administrator ( using Run as ) is always a good practice just to be sure there are no hindrance as far as access rights during setup.
  11. MalwareBytes v3.3.1 Crashes Windows 7(x64)

    Lets slow down and re-group. and get some details first. you ran mb-cleanup before the new install I suggested? why? You ran the mb3 setup which did work and you did manage to do a scan and it did work. Find where you saved the FRST.exe and run it one more time. Double-click to run FRST and when the tool opens click "Yes" to the disclaimer. Be sure the check box for ADDITION txt is ticked. Press the "Scan" button This will produce two files in the same location (directory) as FRST: FRST.txt and Addition.txt attach those with your next reply. Thanks. I would also like to see if you can go to the Windows start menu, and look for Malwarebytes, and start it from there.
  12. Malwarebytes won't run or show on my desktop

    Yes, that is the current release ! and the current update Bravo.
  13. MalwareBytes v3.3.1 Crashes Windows 7(x64)

    Hi, You have the setup file on the Downloads folder, right ? mb3-setup-consumer- Go to that folder using Windows Explorer. do a right-click on the setup file and select Run as Administrator and reply YES and allow it to proceed. Monitor and watch all of the process. You should see a working program after. Make a note to see on the Dashboard, if it shows in "free" mode or in "trial " mode. This has nothing to do with the recent MS patch updates. Nor the vulnerability so much in the recent news. By the way, if this pc used to have any older version of any Malwarebytes app, that would be good to know. Cheers.
  14. Malwarebytes won't run or show on my desktop

    Hello tkmpos. You ran FRST in Safe Mode (with Networking). right ? The safe mode scan report is good. Be sure to have restarted Windows back into normal mode. Then start Malwarebytes and do a new scan. Cheers.
  15. Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

    As far as being able to get the Microsoft security pacthes, our Malwarebytes software is not an impediment. See