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I'm not a tech type person. Problem started Sat Jan 11 noonish. Noticed the MBAM tray icon had a red spot on it, I was at my Ancestry site doing geanology

work. Closed Firefox (ver WITH Malwarebytes Browser Guard ) Did a 'check MBAM for update' (ver 4.04) said it was current. Let it go and did my regular Macurim B/U as planned.

Shutdown system (Win 8.1 64 bit) - using Windows Defender.
This Am Sun Jan 12 problem still there. Searched the forum for answers, no specific answer found none, Downloaded MBAM support tool ran it seemed to go

OK.  Shut down system - Downloaded FRST tool, ran it all went ok I think.

I hope I've supplied all info for this problem ..........


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I'm sorry that you are experiencing trouble with Malwarebytes, but we should be able to get the issue corrected for you.

Issues such as this are most often caused by a new feature in Windows 10 called fast startup; please try disabling it and then restarting your PC to see if Malwarebytes starts normally.  Instructions on how to do so can be found here as well as here.

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Thanks exile360 - As I pointed out I'm using Win 8.1.  Also did use the Support tool & it worked fine.
BUT I DID ANOTHER shut down and now everything appears to be working as it should.
Don't know what the problem was ......gremlins ?

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Excellent, I'm glad it's working properly now.  The fast startup feature actually exists in both Windows 8/8.1 as well as Windows 10, so it probably was the cause of the issue.  Unfortunately if I am right, then the problem could return at any time as it is often intermittent due to variables in the timing of the system startup process, however as long as it is working now that is all that matters, though if you do run into the issue again try disabling fast startup to see if it fixes it as I bet it probably will.

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