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This shows up in task switch view, but there is no window to be activated. I can close it, and the icon in the tray goes away, but the Malwarebytes service does not stop. Is there a reason this is here?

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Greetings and welcome,

Yes, this was done to correct an issue with the tray application not functioning properly.  The Developers are working on an alternate solution to the problem this addressed so that the extra task will be unnecessary.  In the meantime I've heard of users using the switch desktops function in Windows 10 to move the task over to a second unused desktop so that it no longer shows up in the default task switch view.

Also, if you wish to exit Malwarebytes and want the service to close and not just the tray you need to leave the tray running, right-click on it and select "Quit Malwarebytes" and that will close the tray as well as all background services/processes/drivers/modules etc.

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33 minutes ago, exile360 said:

Greetings and welcome,

Yes, this was done to correct an issue with the tray application not functioning properly.  The Developers are working on an alternate solution to the problem this addressed so that the extra task will be unnecessary.  In the meantime I've heard of users using the switch desktops function in Windows 10 to move the task over to a second unused desktop so that it no longer shows up in the default task switch view.

Also, if you wish to exit Malwarebytes and want the service to close and not just the tray you need to leave the tray running, right-click on it and select "Quit Malwarebytes" and that will close the tray as well as all background services/processes/drivers/modules etc.

Thank you for the helpful answer.

I am only using MWB on free trial, but thinking of upgrading our devices, for fear that Windows Defender isn't good enough esp with Ransomware, etc

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I share your sentiments regarding Windows Defender.  While it does provide a basic level of protection from many common threats, it's far from a comprehensive protection solution and lacks components like the Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware modules included in Malwarebytes 3 designed to target these modern, nasty threats.  That said, you may even run Malwarebytes 3 alongside Windows Defender if you want to keep Defender as an additional layer of protection.  You only need to set Malwarebytes to "Never register Malwarebytes with the Windows Action Center" under "Windows Action Center" which can be found in the main Malwarebytes UI under Settings>Application (scroll down near the bottom of the Application page and you should see it there).

If there is anything else we might assist you with please let us know.

Thanks :) 

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