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1 hour ago, Firefox said:

Hello and Welcome @Maja_

Sorry your having issues.  For starters you need to remove the Compatibility Setting you have for mbam.exe

C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\mbam.exe          [RUNASADMIN]


@Firefox Thank you for your answer. But please be more specific - where is this "Compatibility Setting" in mbam.exe? I don't see it in the "Dashboard" or "Settings" tab in the application.

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Here you go, this is in more detail

I see you are running MB in compatibility mode. Please remove those settings. Then restart your computer.

  1. Go to the folder C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\
  2. Find the file mbam.exe and right click on it and choose Properties
  3. In the window that pops up click on Compatibility Tab
  4. Remove any changes there that don't match my picture below and click Apply/OK


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@Firefox After I click "Yes" on the dialog "Are you sure you want to remove all Malwarebytes products? ...", the Clean button goes gray and nothing happens afterwards - no removal of Malwarebytes and no backup of a Premium key on the desktop.

I restarted anyway, but no changes whatsoever, the application is not uninstalled.

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It appears that the Support Tool is detecting an incompatible version of Windows based on the error.  That is odd because it shouldn't have any trouble running on Windows 7.  I guess whatever mechanism it uses to determine the version of Windows it is running on had an issue correctly detecting your Windows version.

Anyway, you should be able to download and install the latest version manually from here now and then test to verify that protection works properly.

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

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@exile360 I reinstalled it, entered my activation key for Premium, and the option just checked itself out. And then I uninstalled the application again (in safe mode), as I got the usual problems with Internet Explorer and Google Chrome of not being able to start (e.g. click on Chrome and the application does not start at all, there are only background processes active). It's like MB just causes complications on my computer.

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That is odd.  There is definitely something going on with your system.  That said, Malwarebytes has millions of users around the world, the vast majority of which are able to run it without any problems so there is definitely something going on with the system affecting how Malwarebytes functions.  Whatever it is, hopefully we can figure it out and get the issue corrected, whether it requires finding and fixing whatever it is on the system causing it (assuming it is some sort of issue within Windows itself or some third party application or driver that we need to identify and update etc.) or if it is some kind of obscure bug in Malwarebytes, find the root cause so that the Developers can get it fixed in a future release of Malwarebytes.  I am concerned that even the Malwarebytes Support Tool had issues running on your system.  That indicates that whatever the cause of this issue is, it is affecting more than just Malwarebytes.

Please do the following and hopefully it will help to clarify what precisely is happening when trying to launch one of the affected applications that fails to start:

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  • Exit Process Monitor and open it again so that it starts creating the logs
  • Replicate the issue by trying to launch Internet Explorer, then try launching Google Chrome
  • Close Process Monitor
  • Right-click on the Logs folder on your desktop and hover your mouse over Send To and select Compressed (zipped) Folder
  • Please attach the Logs.zip file you just created to your next reply, or if it is too large, please upload it to WeTransfer and provide us with the link to the file


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@exile360 p.s. I have this application C:\Program Files (x86)\Samsung\Easy Setting Box\EasySettingBox.exe which is started every time I start my laptop and which searches for the connection to my Samsung monitor and connects the laptop to the monitor. (it starts every time after logging in to my account, regardless of whether the monitor is cable-connected to my laptop or not). Is it possible that it makes some kind of trouble together with MB? I am not sure here if it's a good idea to uninstall this application and eventually try installing MB again and activating the premium and then seeing if it works well. Could your development team somehow find out if these two applications actually interfere when both installed? 

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