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A week ago my Malwarebytes' told me that it could not update my payment information, so I did so that it renews next year in November. It still would say it failed to update the information, so I ignored it. I assumed that it was a glitch of some sort, and now today it says that my Premium license expired. I tried re-installing, deactivating the licenses, but no dice. I hope your experts can assist because I paid a lifetime license when it was available, and the support for these situations is almost over. Here's the log.


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It appears you're using a VPN (PIA), please try disabling it and see if that corrects the issue.  I would also recommend signing up for an account at My.Malwarebytes.com if you haven't done so already, using if possible the same email you used when you originally purchased your license.  Details on how to do so can be found in this support article.  If your license doesn't show up there, or if you had to use a different email address, please refer to the information in this support article to add your license manually to your account.

Once that is done, assuming you can now see your license key in your account, try using the Deactivate all function which should be listed under the installed devices for your license in your account and then restart your system and see if it now activates and works properly, assuming you didn't already try deactivating it that way.

If it still doesn't, please try a clean install if you haven't done so already to see if that corrects the issue:

  1. Download and 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

If it still isn't working, please contact Malwarebytes Support directly by filling out the form on this page and they will assist you directly via email, however keep in mind that it may take several days to receive assistance as the pandemic and holidays have resulted in limited Support resources and a large ticket queue.

I hope this helps and if there is anything else we might assist you with please let us know.


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What Hardhead says is accurate; you didn't need to buy a new license.  It's likely just an issue with the lifetime license needing to be reset on the backend.  Please try following the steps I outlined above to sign up for an account at My.Malwarebytes.com and adding your lifetime license ID and Key there if it doesn't show up automatically, then try using the Deactivate all function described in this support article, and if your lifetime license still doesn't work to activate the product, please contact Malwarebytes Support directly by filling out the form found here and a member of Malwarebytes Support will assist you with getting your lifetime license key working as soon as they can.  They will also be able to refund your purchase for the new license you just bought since you already have a lifetime license, assuming you don't need the additional license to protect another device.

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