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I installed 3.3.4.2398 after doing a restore and the problem started. I get a message "unable to Start ;Unable to Connect to Service"

I went to Services and tried starting it manually but It would not start.

I completely uninstalled Malwarebytes and tried version 3.3.1.2138 thinking that would fix it but I am having the same problem.

I have run FRST and mb check and attached the file

Thanks, Chuck

 

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Hi,

Thanks for posting in the Malwarebytes 3 Help forum.

 

If you are having technical issues with our Windows product, please do the following: 

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If you haven't done so already, please run these two tools and then attach the logs in your next reply:

NOTE: The tools and the information obtained is safe and not harmful to your privacy or your computer, please allow the programs to run if blocked by your system.

  • Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST)
    1. Download FRST and save it to your desktop
      Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. You can check here if you're not sure if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit
    2. Double-click to run FRST and when the tool opens click "Yes" to the disclaimer
    3. Press the "Scan" button
    4. This will produce two files in the same location (directory) as FRST: FRST.txt and Addition.txt
      • Leave the log files in the current location, they will be automatically collected by mb-check once you complete the next set of instructions
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    1. Download MB-Check and save to your desktop
    2. Double-click to run MB-Check and within a few second the command window will open, press "Enter" to accept the EULA then click "OK" 
    3. This will produce one log file on your desktop: mb-check-results.zip
      • This file will include the FRST logs generated from the previous set of instructions
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Hello and Welcome.

You are installing an old version of Malwarebytes.  Follow the steps below to get the latest version installed

Let's try to get a clean install of the current version (currently version 3.4.4.2398 CU 1.0.322)

Here are the steps to Download and run the MB-Clean Tool

  • Download MB-CLEAN Tool
  • Please Close all open applications
  • Double-click and run mb-clean-3.1.0.1031.exe
  • A prompt may open with an option to allow the program to make changes to your computer will appear: Click Yes
  • Next you will get a prompt asking you if you want to remove all Malwarebytes components from your system: Click Yes
    • Yes - will proceed with backing up the license key (Malwarebytes 3.x only) and initiating the cleanup process
  • Once the cleanup process is completed, a prompt will appear asking for a reboot:
    • Yes - will reboot and after the reboot you will be prompted to continue with the downloading, installation and activation of latest version of Malwarebytes 3
    • No - will exit the utility and you will not be prompted (post reboot) to download, reinstall and re-activate (not recommended)
      • We recommend rebooting immediately. Additionally, stopping at this step is not recommended and will most likely not resolve your issue(s).
  • Upon reboot, a prompt will appear asking if you want to re-install Malwarebytes: click Yes
    • Yes - will download, install and activate the latest version of Malwarebytes 3
    • No - will exit the utility and Malwarebytes 3 will not be downloaded, reinstalled or re-activated (not recommended)

  • NOTE: If it does not offer you to download and install the latest version after the reboot you can download and install the latest version from -> Right Here <- (currently v3.4.4.2398 CU 1.0.322)

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It looks like WMI is not running on this machine, which is a requirement for Malwarebytes. Can you please try the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open a run dialog
  2. Type services.msc and click OK
  3. Find Windows Management Instrumentation in the list
  4. Right click it and choose Start
  5. Then re-install the latest Malwarebytes
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Well I followed the instructions given above by Firefox and MB-Tool and it didn't work.

I then went to services and found Windows Management Instrumentation was not running.

I tried to start it and got a message saying It couldn't be started.

We may have found the problem.

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Please try the following, hopefully it will repair the issue:

Tweaking.com Windows Repair All-in-One

  • Download Tweaking.com Windows Repair from here and install it or if you would prefer, you may instead download and extract the portable version from here
  • Once installed or extracted, launch Repair_Windows.exe
  • Click on the Repairs - Main tab
  • Click on the Open Repairs button
  • Once it displays the list of repairs, click the checkbox next to All Repairs so that everything listed is UNCHECKED
  • Now, click the checkbox next to Repair WMI so that it is checked
  • Click on the Start Repairs button at the bottom
  • Once it completes, allow it to restart your system

Once that's done, see if Malwarebytes now works properly.

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