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Not sure when it began, but I get error "Real-Time Protection layers turned off" after several hours of using computer.  A log of when the failures occurred is below.

I'm running Malwarebytes Premium, ver.  I'm also running VIPRE Internet Security 2016 and SpyWare Blaster and Windows Defender is disabled.


I noticed that some others with similar problem are using VIPRE.

My version is AntiVirus Internet Security 2016 --

Belarc Advisor lists -- Virus Protection:
ThreatTrack Security VIPRE

Software Versions:
ThreatTrack Security - VIPRE version
ThreatTrack Security - VIPRE Internet Security version
ThreatTrack Security - VipreEdgeProtection.exe version (64-bit)


I began a log of the failures, but not immediately after they began.  Note that the computer is turned on before 07:00 every day, so you can see how long it ran before the protection failed.

Getting popup message saying Malwarebytes Real Time Protection is turned off.  Can't turn it back on unless disable antivirus and reboot.  Actually, don't need to turn off AV, just reboot and it's back on.

rebooted 15:17 ... let's see how long before error message appears.
... running Scan ... complete 15:22

installed Belarc Advisor, got system details and uninstalled -- now restarting
16:00 -- restart

(no date, probably 3-24)
14:12 -- attempt to uninstall Belarc Advisor 8.5c again and rebooted.
15:24 -- MWB still appears to be okay
17:00 (app.) installed Office 2016 after an hour or so with Microsoft tech support ... MWB still seems okay

2017-03-30 - 16:18
Real-Time Protection layers turned off
One or more Real-Time Protection layers are turned off. Turn on all ...
-- Web Protection turned off -- hangs with "Starting"

2017-04-02 -- not sure when, noticed at 16:25
reooted -- then 14:35, same as above -- Web Protection turned off -- hangs with "Starting"
rebooted -- 16:40 -- all protection enabled

-- Web Protection turned off
-- not sure when, noticed at 16:25

2017-04-05 -- 14:30
had removed Win7GamesForWin8-Setup.exe with Revo and restarted
.Rensomware Protection: Prevents ransomware from encrypting your files

15:45 -- noticed protection off again -- ransomware again
15:52 - after reboot, all protections okay

10:00 -- no problem observed
00:44 (Monday morning) problem -- Web Protection turned off

08:50 -- Web Protection turned off

sometime between 1900 and 22:20
-- Web Protection turned off

18:26  -- Web Protection turned off

14:24 -- Web Protection turned off




2017-04-22 mwbytes-scan-report.txt


Edited by tcloud
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Since you have Viper Antivirus try excluding the Malwarebytes Files below to see if it helps your issue. (the link will show you how)...


I would like you to add these files to your Anti-Virus exclusions list

  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\assistant.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\MbamPt.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\MBAMService.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\mbamtray.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\MBAMWsc.exe
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\mbae64.sys
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\mbam.sys
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\MBAMChameleon.sys
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\MBAMSwissArmy.sys
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\mwac.sys
  • C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\farflt.sys



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I stayed behind to do it .. didn't take long.

The only file that was already excluded was mbam.exe

It is a little perplexing that I could see none of the files in the system32\drivers folder from the VIPRE browse menu even though I could see them when I opened the folder in explorer.  Then, after I entered the path directly into the file input field, there was no way to tell VIPRE to accept them, so I used the Return key and they now appear on the list.  I hope that means it found the files.



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I wonder if tcloud is running grammerly?

I just starting having the same issue real time turned off and starting hangs.  
About a month ago issue solved by a Malwarebytes update I did direct from website - may have been Beta but now latest update brings back the issue?

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  • 3 weeks later...

problem has returned --   (and I'm not running grammerly)

  • Windows 10 updated a couple of days ago
  • then Windows crashed on me yesterday.
  • This morning (5-12-2017) MWB reported Web Protection turned off.
  • Rebooted and Malware Protection was off, but turned on without need for reboot.
  • Checked the VIPRE file exclusions and modified all files to have full path
    • I notice there is no "rules.ref" file anywhere on my C drive.

believe it should be located - C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\rules.ref

Since all has been good until this morning, I will wait to see if problem recurs before posting logs.

VIPRE excluded items.png

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