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I've had this issue for a couple days where MalwareBytes refuses to update and I have no idea why. I have tried messing around with windows firewall settings and other various things. My internet works completely fine and I have no other anti-virus software installed besides Windows Defender.


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It looks like the Support Tool also had some trouble connecting to the web; it failed to download FRST, which is a logging tool it uses to gather part of the diagnostic information it provides.

From the info that is present in the logs, I see that fast startup is enabled.  This is not likely to be the cause of the connectivity issue, however it still may help to disable it as this feature has been known to cause problems.  To do so, please refer to the information here as well as here.  Once it is disabled, restart your system and see if updating works or not.

If the problem continues, please try switching to an alternate DNS provider to see if that helps.  A couple of options and instructions on configuring your DNS provider can be found in this article.

Please let us know how it goes and if either option helped.


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Neither of these seemed to work. If it helps at all, I also get a "unable to connect to license server" error as well and I feel like the two issues are linked. I feel like somehow my connection is blocking MBAM servers. It is 7 am where I live and I am about to go to sleep so my next response won't be till later today but I appreciate any further help.

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Yes, however I don't think FRST is hosted on Malwarebytes servers so I suspect it may be a larger issue.  If you would, please post in our malware removal section for more advanced diagnostics; not that I believe the system is infected, however they are able to use more advanced methods and tools which are not allowed in this part of the forums.  To do so, once you return, please follow the instructions in this topic then create a new topic in our malware removal area by clicking here and a technician will aid you in checking the system and hopefully getting the issue fixed.

Enjoy your rest, and please let us know if there is anything else we might help with.


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