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Every time I do an internal MBAM3 upgrade, I lose it. Even unchecking and rechecking its settings doesn't always work. I have to uninstall and reinstall in my updateed 64-bit W7 HPE SP1 PC to make it come back fully. Why? It's so annoying. :(

Thank you in advance.  :)

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This could be due to a known issue where the context menu entry is tied to the tray notifications setting (even though it should not be) so that if you have notifications disabled in Malwarebytes, it turns off the right-click context menu for scanning items with Malwarebytes.  To fix it, open Malwarebytes and navigate to Settings>Application and beneath Notifications set the option Show Malwarebytes notifications in the Windows System Tray to On, then toggle the setting for the context menu shell extension off and then on again, reboot, and it should now be working.

Once that's complete you may disable notifications again, however the problem may return when you install the next build/release of Malwarebytes if you have notifications disabled when you do (unless they have fixed the issue by then).

Let us know if that corrected the problem or not, and if not, then please follow the above instructions in the automated reply beneath where it says technical issues and post back with the requested logs attached.


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  • 4 months later...
On 5/12/2018 at 1:19 PM, Ant Dude said:

I hope so! MalwareBytes took too long to fix it. :(

So, I just got its new via MBAM (free). Once again, I lost my Windows Explorer's right click MBAM option. I did the instructions in

, but still had the missing MBAM option in my Windows Explorer's right click after the reboot. It did come back after toggling off and on again with "Windows Context Menus" option without rebooting. I don't know why this is so complex to fix for so long!

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Honestly it's really just because of the nature of shell extensions.  They're trying to load a DLL into a process (explorer.exe) that's already running which depends on the registry as well as explorer.exe itself.  It is definitely annoying and I have seen other programs handle it better and believe me, this is something the Developers spent a long time working on to try to get it right, and while I don't know the exact technical reasons as to why it always proves so difficult to make it behave consistently, but there is a good reason because I know they tried really hard to fix it to make it work as expected consistently.  Unfortunately, while they did at least somewhat improve it, it still has issues sometimes/on some systems.  I'm not convinced that it is impossible to fix, however it will require additional research and effort on the part of the Devs to work it out because they have tried several approaches and have yet to find one that consistently works as desired.  I also think that if they forced a reboot following an upgrade install it would be much easier to make it work consistently, however many users complain when the software prompts them to restart just to replace the shell extension DLL (they hate having to reboot in general, honestly, which was the big reason Malwarebytes made the decision to work out stopping/replacing/restarting everything, including drivers and services, without requiring a reboot even though it is more often the case that other software will prompt for a reboot when such items are replaced/updated).

I will report to the team that users are still seeing this behavior though, as it may motivate them to give it another look to see if anything can be done to improve the process.

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Yes, I was just going to say it must be something on your system either blocking or removing. I do not use any type of "cleaners" like CCleaner, etc. and most of us don't use. That or similar programs could be the cause. I have several computers of my own as well as friends and family computers and some work computers that run it and none of them experience this issue.

Many computers, and many updates, both over the top as well as clean, fresh installs and I've not run into this issue myself. Yes, we do see the issue every once in a while, but my take is that it's something in the object verb namespace of the computer causing it.


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