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I've been confused as to what is causing these freezes so I kept the task manager process list open on the other monitor. When the freeze happens Malwarebytes Service goes from little usage to about 10-20% usage and that's when I get these random freezes on my game. Any help would be appreciated, and if there are any log files of the sort that I can produce to help you help me that'd be great. :)

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Thanks for the logs.  Please see if it helps to get a clean install of Malwarebytes:

  1. Run the Malwarebytes Support Tool
  2. Accept the EULA and click Advanced tab on the left (not Start Repair)
  3. Click the Clean button, and allow it to restart your system and then reinstall Malwarebytes, either by allowing the tool to do so when it offers to on restart, or by downloading and installing the latest version from here

Once that is done, restart your system and then test to see how your games run and let us know if you still experience the issue.


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Are you still experiencing the issue? May I ask if there is any particular game are you seeing this with, which ones if yes? I would like to reproduce with as close config as possible. 

I believe you have already confirmed the problem is not seen if Malwarebytes service is not running. 

Thank you,



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Right so I'm getting the bug in the 2 games I'm playing currently, Realm of the Mad God and Stick Fight: The Game, both on steam. I think it would happen to other games also but these are the 2 I've been playing currently. Just had 2 freezes while playing they happened like 10 minutes apart, and both times I saw the process in task manager go to like 15% CPU usage, then I turned malwarebytes off and it didn't happen again.

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41 minutes ago, AlexDoubleU said:

Right so I'm getting the bug in the 2 games I'm playing currently, Realm of the Mad God and Stick Fight: The Game, both on steam.

As another user I have a question. Your last log showed you were using the trial. Have you enabled the full version with a license or has the trial expired and reverted to free already.

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1 hour ago, AlexDoubleU said:

I do have a license, I'm not sure why it would show that I was on a trial. I get all the real time protection stuff.

Add the game exe's to your exclusions using the method described under the Exclude an Application that Connects to the Internet section of this support article.

See if that helps.

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Hello @AlexDoubleU

Can we please get some fresh logs for your system.


Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system.
You can check here if you're not sure if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit

  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press the Scan button.
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please attach it to your reply.
  • The first time the tool is run, it also makes another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply as well.

Thank you



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Are you a developer? Did you check out the source code for Chromium to work on development?

These are not normal entries for regular users

S2 chromium; C:\Program Files (x86)\Chromium\Update\ChromiumUpdate.exe [100352 2020-06-23] (Chromium.) [File not signed] <==== ATTENTION
S3 chromiumm; C:\Program Files (x86)\Chromium\Update\ChromiumUpdate.exe [100352 2020-06-23] (Chromium.) [File not signed] <==== ATTENTION


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Looks like BlueStacks App Player may have installed it.

Let's try doing a generic clean up on the system and see if that helps improve things



Please download the attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop or location where you ran FRST from.
NOTE. It's important that both files, FRST or FRST64, and fixlist.txt are in the same location or the fix will not work.

Please make sure you disable any real time antivirus or security software before running this script. Once completed make sure you re-enable it.

NOTICE: This script was written specifically for this user, for use on this particular machine. Running this on another machine may cause damage to your operating system that cannot be undone.

Run FRST or FRST64 and press the Fix button just once and wait.
If the tool needs a restart please make sure you let the system restart normally and let the tool complete its run after restart.
The tool will make a log on the Desktop (Fixlog.txt) or wherever you ran FRST from. Please attach or post it to your next reply.

Note: If the tool warned you about an outdated version please download and run the updated version.

NOTE-1:  This fix will run a scan to check that all Microsoft operating system files are valid and not corrupt and attempt to correct any invalid files. It will also run a disk check on the restart to ensure disk integrity. Depending on the speed of your computer this fix may take 30 minutes or more.

NOTE-2: As part of this fix all temporary files will be removed. If you have any open web pages that have not been bookmarked please make sure you bookmark them now as all open applications will be automatically closed. Also, make sure you know the passwords for all websites as cookies will also be removed. The use of an external password manager is highly recommended instead of using your browser to store passwords.

The following directories are emptied:

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  • Users Temp folders
  • Edge, IE, FF, Chrome and Opera caches, HTML5 storages, Cookies and History
  • Recently opened files cache
  • Flash Player cache
  • Java cache
  • Steam HTML cache
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  • BITS transfer queue (qmgr*.dat files)
  • Recycle Bin

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The system will be rebooted after the fix has run.




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Thanks @AlexDoubleU

Let me have you now do a clean removal and reinstall of Malwarebytes using our tool.

Uninstall and reinstall Malwarebytes using the Malwarebytes Support Tool

After the reinstall and activation please restart the computer one more time and then let us know if you're still having the same issues or not.



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