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PROGRAM_ERROR_PROTECTION_MODULE (0,0, ProtectionEnable)


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I'm using the Pro version of MBAM ver. 1.60.1.1000. But everytime I start my computer and log in as a regular user (non-admin) MBAM will start up with its GUI with Enable protection module unchecked. If I try to check it, it gives the error above. If I log in as an Admin, it will allow me to enable the protection module but then if I go back and log in as a regular user the Enable protection module box is still unchecked and cannot be enabled. It just keeps giving me the same error as above. I ran the quick scan but found not malicious infections.

This program seems to have been designed very well for malware detections but it seems that although it can detect malwares very well, it's unable to defend itself when attacked.

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Hello and :welcome:

Login as and Admin and 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.

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You will not be able to turn the Realtime Protection on if you do not have Admin privileges. To fix this issue,Run the Malwarebytes program as administrator on the non-admin side by right clicking the program and selecting Run as Administrator. Once the program has launches, make the modification that you need to the settings and make sure that you select "Start Protection Module with Windows." This should resolve the issue.

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Hello and :welcome:

Login as and Admin and 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.

Thanks. I see an EOD "Crab" on your profile. I used to be with EODMU-11 when they were still at Whidbey Island.

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You will not be able to turn the Realtime Protection on if you do not have Admin privileges. To fix this issue,Run the Malwarebytes program as administrator on the non-admin side by right clicking the program and selecting Run as Administrator. Once the program has launches, make the modification that you need to the settings and make sure that you select "Start Protection Module with Windows." This should resolve the issue.

Thanks. I did that and checked to make sure the "Start Protection Module with Windows" is on or checked. So far so good. How come when I first installed my MBAM Pro version, the GUI never auto open up during start up instead all I see is the tray icon. But now as soon as window starts, the MBAM GUI opens up and I have to click exit to close it and then the tray icon is not there anymore. But then when I checked the services it seems to be running. I think this is the reason I unchecked that option before because I don't want it to open but instead just silently work in the background.

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If you're still having issues with the scanner opening at startup, then please do the following:

Create an Autoruns Log:

  • Please download Sysinternals Autoruns from here and save it to your desktop.
    • Note: If using Windows Vista or Windows 7 then you also need to do the following:
      1. Right-click on Autoruns.exe and select Properties
      2. Click on the Compatibility tab
      3. Under Privilege Level check the box next to Run this program as an administrator
      4. Click on Apply then click OK

    [*]Double-click Autoruns.exe to run it.

    [*]Once it starts, please press the Esc key on your keyboard.

    [*]Now that scanning is stopped, click on the Options button at the top of the program and select Filter Options...

    [*]In the Autoruns Filter Options dialoge, verify that the following are unchecked, if they are checked, uncheck them:

    • Include empty locations
    • Hide Microsoft entries
    • Hide Windows entries

    [*]Verify that the following is checked, if it is unchecked, check it:

    • Verify code signatures

    [*]Once that's done press the F5 key on your keyboard, this will start the scan again, this time let it finish.

    [*]When it's finished and says Ready. on the lower left of the program window, please click on the File button at the top of the program and select Save and save the Autoruns.arn file to your desktop and close Autoruns.

    [*]Right click on the Autoruns.arn file on your desktop and hover your mouse over Send To and select Compressed (zipped) Folder

    [*]Attach the Autoruns.zip folder you just created to your next reply

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