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On 8/30/2017 at 7:26 AM, MadDemon64 said:

After the latest Malwarebytes update, the system tray icon stopped showing up.  The program still runs fine; it still blocks malware, and it still scans as it should, but now the system tray doesn't show the Malwarebytes icon.


I had this very same problem -- no Malwarebytes icon in the system tray -- after taking the update from Malwarebytes 3.1.2 (May, 2017) to 3.2.2 (August, 2017).

The MBAMService.exe program WAS shown to be running in Task Manager. And I was able to execute a Malwarebytes scan successfully by running Malwarebytes off the desktop icon.

However, the mbamtray.exe program was NOT shown in Task Manager to be running. I also checked the StartUp tab within The System Configuration Tool (msconfig.exe) and there was NOT any kind of entry for mbamtray.exe, as there should have been.


Part of the installation -- that part that sets up mbamtray.exe to run at every startup -- failed. I suspect it failed because it was blocked by my other security software (ie, ZoneAlarm), since mbamtray.exe wants permission to run at every startup.


I created a new string registry entry within HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

I named it mbamtray -- and I gave it a string value of

C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\mbamtray.exe

[ I also deleted the entire ZoneAlarm permissions line-entry for mbamtray.exe ]

I rebooted. The Malwarebytes icon appeared in the tray. The mbamtray.exe program WAS shown in Task Manager to be running. The StartUp tab within msconfig.exe reflected the property entry for mbamtray, with a checked box beside it, to run at every startup.

Problem resolved.

For someone not comfortable with registry editing, he/she could accomplish pretty much the same thing by right-clicking on

C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\mbamtray.exe

then creating a shortcut that will be dropped on the desktop. Then drag&drop that shortcut into the folder

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\ 


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