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  1. @Maurice Naggar Well, right off the bat, I am unable to do this. This is a premium only feature, and if I want to set it as Off, I have to upgrade to the full version. As I mentioned in my first post, I use the free version of Malwarebytes. So what do I do? Do I have to upgrade to the paid version so that I can turn this one feature off? FSS.txt SecurityCheck.txt
  2. Just learned that Windows Defender Antivirus Service is now called Microsoft Defender Antivirus Service. I was able to find Microsoft Defender Antivirus Service running in my Services, along with Security Center.
  3. Thank you very much for your help so far @Porthos
  4. I misread this part and clicked yes to reinstall Malwarebytes. Realizing my mistake, I ran the support tool again, clicked Clean, and this time I clicked no. I restarted my pc and I still have the "Threat service has stopped. Restart it now." message.
  5. I recently updated my free version of Malwarebytes, and in doing so, I got a 14-day trial of Malwarebytes Premium. This is pretty standard, happens every time there's an update. I typically do not have any problems. However, this time I decided to end my trial prematurely. Since doing that, I have been having issues with Windows Defender. Whenever I open up Virus & threat protection, I get the message "Threat service has stopped. Restart it now." I then click on Restart, and after two minutes of waiting, I get "Unexpected error. Sorry, we ran into a problem. Please try again." I uninstalled Malwarebytes, restarted, ran CCleaner to fix registry issues, restarted, reinstalled Malwarebytes, restarted. I can only assume that ending the 14-day trial early and reverting back to the free version of Malwarebytes somehow messed with Windows Defender. I discovered that Windows Defender Antivirus Service is missing from Windows Services, but WinDefend is present in the registry at Hkey_Local_Machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Services. Followed along with this post from the Microsoft forum but I have no clue what to do next.
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