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This is a known issue with the latest builds of Windows 10.  You'll need to disable Device Guard for now until the issue is fixed by the Developers, though it is planned for a future release of Malwarebytes.  You also should find this information helpful.  It shows how to enable or disable Device Guard.

Please let us know how it goes and if you have any additional questions or issues.


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Yes, according to the information posted here it should be fixed in the next upcoming release, version 3.5 which is currently in beta.  Instructions on installing the beta can also be found in that post if you want to give it a try:

Here’s the list of changes / improvements in 3.5.0:

Performance/protective capability

  • Added support for Hypervisor Code Integrity (HVCI) and Device Guard to meet Microsoft compliance requirements


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Sure, that's understandable.  Version 3.5 should be released soon anyway so you shouldn't have to wait too long before this issue is fixed.

With regards to the rootkit scan setting, it depends on the type of scan you selected.  If you performed a Hyper Scan then rootkit scanning will be disabled as will be many other options because it is a more targeted scan type that mainly looks for active threats in memory and in a few locations in the registry.

If the scan was a scheduled scan, then you may need to navigate to Settings>Scan Schedule and double-click on the scheduled scan listed there then click Advanced in the Edit Scheduled Scan dialog and check the box next to Scan for Rootkits.  This is because the rootkit scanning setting located under Settings>Protection does not override the settings configured for your scheduled scans.

If the issue occurred during a manual Threat scan let us know, as that could be a bug.

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Never mind what I said about the Threat scan earlier.  While it is a bug, I just tested and it does the same thing on my own system.  This is an old bug that has been around for a long time, but I thought it had been fixed already but obviously not.  So even for your manually run Threat scans it is going to show that rootkit scanning is disabled even when it is active.

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