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Is there any way to lock my Malwarebytes protection?

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I mean disable or hide the "Quit Malwarebytes" is possible? I have administrator rights. I click on it sometimes accidentally. ?

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Greetings,

Unfortunately I don't know of any way to hide the option, however as long as you are running any version of Windows newer than Windows XP then you should receive a User Account Control prompt whenever you accidentally click on anything that would disable protection, including the quit option in the tray.  Also, if you wanted you could password protect access to such options by opening Malwarebytes and going to Settings>Application and enabling the Limit access to Malwarebytes features to all users on this system under the User Access section and then clicking the Edit User Access button that appears and creating a password in the window that opens and checking the box next to Protection (along with any other settings you wish to have restricted) then clicking OK.  From now on any time anyone tries to turn off or change any settings related to protection, including from the tray menu, they will see a password prompt so that it will not be changed unless the correct password is entered.  Just be sure to keep your password in a safe place so you don't lose/forget it.

Please let us know if that solves the problem or not and if there is anything else we can assist you with.

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I already knew this password thing. If I set a password to Protection, nothing changes. I mean 'Quit Malvarebytes" is still working and if I quit, the Malwarebytes Service stops running too.

Password protected Protection asking me for password, if I want to turn off a type of protection. It's weird - try it..

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Thanks, I just tested and you are correct.  I even tried enabling the password for everything in the Settings section and it still allowed me to terminate it.  I guess in theory it could be because you could set up a password for UAC, but still, it seems to defeat the purpose of preventing users from disabling protection only to allow them to terminate the application completely which takes down all protection with it.  I will report this to the team in case it is a bug.  If it isn't, then it's at the very least a bad user experience so I will recommend they change it.

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I will try to verify this tomorrow from a limited user account. From an Admin account, you can't stop a user from ending it period. I'm heading out, otherwise I'd do it now.

Thanks

 

 

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It does not matter, if you check it with a limited user account or not.

 

Imagine that, you are using your laptop and your friend/brother/sister asking you to "please give it to me for a while, I want to check something". You don't start creating a limited user account. The person who's having your laptop, is checking+downloading something. This file is infected, so Malvarebytes alerts him/her + don't let to download this file. So he/she is simply closing the Malwarebytes application, and downloads that file. ?

 

The Eset security products can password protect their protection. Without limited user account! Malwarebytes can't - why? It's important! A Malwarebytes licenc is cheaper than Eset Nod32 Antivirus but...

 

I think Malwarebytes can defeat Eset. (price+function)

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That's a very reasonable use case.  Also, thanks to self-protection which is enabled by default, even in an admin account, if access were password protected, no one would be able to terminate Malwarebytes without the password (short of uninstalling it completely) because the self-protection driver would prevent tools like Task Manager from being able to terminate the Malwarebytes service and processes from memory.

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Moreover, I found another bug. If I set a password to protection, neither type of protection can be deactivated OUTSIDE from Malwarebytes main window.  (taskbar)

But

I can simply deactivate them in main window - without password prompt!

And I can't reactivate them from taskbar, but main window allows it.

 

Please check it! https://youtu.be/UL31JuI-Ybw

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Yes, I noted this as well and reported it to the team when I submitted your other findings.  Hopefully they will correct this discrepancy because it makes sense to me for the password to protect specific features/functions rather than just being focused on particular interfaces/pages of the UI etc. (i.e. when "Protection" is password protected then it should be protected everywhere that protection can be turned on/off regardless of where it appears, whether it's the tray, under Settings, or on the Dashboard).

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