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If you're experiencing issues after updating to the latest version 1.6 of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware please review the following for a possible solution.

  1. In most cases the cause is due to Zone Alarm (free version, the paid version does not appear to have this same issue).
  2. If you're having an issue and you're not running Zone Alarm then please run the mbam-clean routine below which in most cases should resolve the issue for you.
  3. There was an issue with Avast! but Avast! has since corrected the issue on their end so update Avast! if you're using Avast! and still having an issue.
  4. If you're using Zone Alarm (free version) and you wish to run Zone Alarm you will not be able to use our Protection Module until a fix for ZoneAlarm is found. We are currently working with some users on a possible solution and will post more on this soon.
  5. Some computers are actually infected and the infection has probably prevented the update. In which case you need to seek help in the forum below to seek help with cleaning your computer.

If you're having an issue with the update and you're not running ZoneAlarm or Privacy Firewall then you must run the MBAM-CLEAN utility and reboot your computer. Make sure you tell or allow your Anti-Virus it's okay to run mbam-clean.exe

#1 Please do the following:

  • Download and run mbam-clean.exe from here
  • It will ask to restart your computer, please allow it to do so very important
  • After the computer restarts, temporarily disable your Anti-Virus and install the latest version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from here
    • Note: You will need to reactivate the program using the license you were sent via email if using the Pro version
    • Launch the program and set the Protection and Registration. Then go to the UPDATE tab if not done during installation and check for updates.
      Restart the computer again and verify that MBAM is in the task tray if using the Pro version. Now setup any file exclusions as may be required in your Anti-Virus/Internet-Security/Firewall applications and restart your Anti-Virus/Internet-Security applications. You may use the guides posted in the FAQ's here or ask and we'll explain how to do it.

If you are not running Zone Alarm or Privacy Firewall and the above clean procedure did not help you then you may well be infected.

You can start by posting a set of DDS scan logs and we might be able to determine if you need further assistance in the HJT forum.

Download DDS and save it to your desktop


Disable any script blocker if your Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware has it.

Once downloaded you can disconnect from the Internet and disable your Ant-Virus temporarily if needed.

Then double click dds.scr to run the tool.

When done, the DDS.txt will open.

Click Yes at the next prompt for Optional Scan.

    When done, DDS will open two (2) logs:

    1. DDS.txt
    2. Attach.txt

  • Save both reports to your desktop
  • Please include the following logs in your next reply: DDS.txt and Attach.txt

If you think you are infected, here are the steps needed to get your computer cleaned....

Please read the following so that you can begin the cleaning process:

Don't use any temporary file cleaners unless requested - this can cause data loss and make recovery difficult

You have 3 Options that you can choose from as listed below:

  • Option 1 —— Free Expert advice in the Malware Removal Forum
  • Option 2 —— Paying customer -- Contact Support via email
  • Option 3 —— Premium, Fee-Based Support


As we don't deal with malware removal in the General Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Forum, you need to start a topic in the

Malware Removal forum so a qualified helper can help you fix any malware related problems/infections you may have.

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Alternatively, as a paying customer, you can contact the help desk at support@malwarebytes.org or here.


If you would like to use our Malwarebytes Premium Services, Comprehensive solutions to all your computer support needs—from installation and set-up to troubleshooting and tune-ups go to our Malwarebytes Premium Services support site.

Please be patient, someone will assist you as soon as possible.

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  • Root Admin

We are now pretty confident that the fix for Zone Alarm is working. We have over 40 users now that have confirmed the fix has worked for them.

We are still reviewing some other minor issues and then we hope to have a new build out to address these issues for everyone.

Thank you for your patience.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) version1.60.1.1000 was released on 30 January 2012.

Those with MBAM already installed can use the Update function to start the download & update process.

Those wishing to do a new install may download MBAM v1.60.1.1000 via this page: http://www.malwareby...am-download.php

Issues fixed in this build:

• Fixed issue resulting in freezes in certain third-party security products on Windows XP.

• Fixed issue where ignore list was not reloaded after a database update.

• Fixed issue where certain malformed ignore list data would result in a mbamcore.dll crash.

• Fixed issue where desktop icon was not created on certain upgrade installations.

• Fixed issues with Dutch, Belarussian, and Korean language files.

• Added Greek language file.

Edited by Maurice Naggar
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