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Hi, I just downloaded the Malwarebytes upgrade this morning and spotted a brief message saying as a result I was losing the support for Internet Explorer 11. I wish that had been made clear before I upgraded. The message suggested I move to Google Chrome which I don't really want to do. I guess the really important thing I want to know is whether downloading the upgrade means I'm now have absolutely no protection at all.  Please could you advise. Thanks

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I am not aware of any messaging from Malwarebytes regarding Internet Explorer 11.  It is possible that the message was from Microsoft since support for IE and Windows 7 will soon be coming to an end and I know that they do send out messages regarding end of support from time to time through their browser as well as Windows Update.  I still have Internet Explorer 11 on my own system and saw no such messages when upgrading to the latest version of Malwarebytes, however it is possible that I did not see it due to the fact that I also have SRWare Iron, a browser based on Chromium (the same source code as Google Chrome, just without any of Google's tracking or advertising built into it).  If the message was about compatibility with Malwarebytes Browser Guard, a browser extension developed by Malwarebytes to compliment the protection in Malwarebytes Premium (though it can also be used by itself without Malwarebytes Premium) then it is nothing you need to worry about as it is just a browser extension that you may install in Chrome (or any other Chromium based browser such as SRWare Iron or Vivaldi or Microsoft's new Chromium based Edge browser) or Mozilla Firefox that can be useful for blocking additional malicious and unwanted content on the web such as ads, trackers, tech support scams, clickbait sites, phishing sites and other undesirable web content on top of the Web Protection component built into Malwarebytes, though Malwarebytes Browser Guard only works for the browser it is installed in (which is why it cannot work with Internet Explorer 11 since there is no version available for IE).

With regards to your overall protection (including when using IE11) you still have all the same protections you had in Malwarebytes 3, including Web Protection for blocking malicious websites (this component works system-wide, not just within your web browser(s) so it is fine if you use IE with it), Exploit Protection which blocks exploits for web browsers (including Internet Explorer which you can verify by clicking the Manage protected applications button under the Exploit Protection section in the Security tab under settings which you can access by clicking the gear icon near the upper right of the Malwarebytes main window), office/document applications, media players, as well as many core OS components and all the other protections provided by Malwarebytes Premium.

I hope this helps to set your mind at ease, and if there is anything else we might assist you with please let us know.


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I just wanted to add that I just checked the software requirements for Malwarebytes 4 on the bottom of the main program webpage here and it mentions nothing about any web browser requirements, only that Windows 7 or newer is required (32 bit or 64 bit):

Software requirements

Windows 10 (32/64-bit)
Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit)
Windows 8 (32/64-bit)
Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
Active Internet connection

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Yes, I'm sure it was just a coincidence.  I seem to recall seeing a similar message a while back on my own system one day shortly after launching Internet Explorer 11.  It's just Microsoft informing you about the current status of IE.  It is too bad since IE11 is by far my favorite browser (though I don't use it much these days due to many sites not working with it as well as they do with Chromium based browsers, though IE is by far a much faster loading browser than both Chrome and Firefox, at least on my systems).

Anyway, I'm glad I could help, and don't hesitate to let us know if there is anything else we can help with.


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