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I'm running three PCs with licensed lifetime standalone MBAM Premium and standalone MBAE which apparently updated itself to v1.12.1.37 on 3/8/18.

Unfortunately this MBAE update broke Firefox 58.0.2 on all three of our PCs. Most of the time Firefox will start to launch but will stop before it has finished loading the toolbar and will just sit there. I see from the beta forum that this update has been problematic for other people as well.

On one PC I uninstalled MBAE and have not reinstalled it yet.

Now the MBAM icon also no longer shows up in the task bar. When I manually launch MBAM the splash screen shows 'no protection' in the Real-time Protection field. In settings both Malware Protection and Malicious Website Protection are enabled. Why is real-time protection not turning on?

I tried re-entering my license ID and my Key but that made no difference.

Should I deactivate and re-activate my license for MBAM to regain real-time protection?




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Hello @ggeinec

Please run the MB-Clean process and let me know if that corrects the issue. That should remove the 2.x version and get you updated to the latest 3.4.4 version

Let me know if you still need help after that.




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Thanks for responding but I don't want to upgrade to the latest 3.4.4 version.

I want to stick with for now and get back my real-time protection . . .

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You can perform a clean uninstall via the tool AdvancedSetup mentioned above, but rather than allowing it to install the latest version of Malwarebytes, opt out of that option at the end and instead reinstall and reactivate your license for the 2.x version.  If you need the installer for the latest 2.x version of Malwarebytes you may get it from here.

Also, regarding the Firefox issue you mentioned in your first post, I seem to recall that problem being fixed with the latest version of Firefox, version 59 which is now available and out of beta (version 60 is the latest beta according to the sites I checked).

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You are missing so much from 3.x by using the 2.x version. I would highly suggest you let me help you get the 3.x version working.


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