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I'm running Malwarebytes Premium version, update version 1.0.41943, component package version 1.0.1318 on Windows 10-64 version 21H1 .   I don't know when this started happening but the "Check for Updates" button on the Settings/General page stops working after the PC has been running for a while; I click on it and nothing happens.   If I reboot the PC, the button checks for updates but eventually stops working again.

Any cures for this?   I've tried shutting down Malwarebytes and restarting it but it doesn't help.


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It is possible that a scan is running when the button stops working, as you cannot update while a scan is in progress.  Please check to see if a scan is active by clicking on the Scan card in the lower center of the main page of the Malwarebytes window, and if it shows a scan is in progress, that is why the button isn't working.

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Exile360:   Thanks for your reply.   When I click on the Scan card I do not see a scan in progress when the Update button isn't working - however, I believe that this is related to my torrent program, qBittorrent.   When qBittorrent is running, the Update button does not work; if I shut down qBittorrent, the Update button works, so maybe it's related to something Malwarebytes is monitoring within qBittorrent?

If this is the behavior I can certainly live with it since I'm not running qBittorrent all day.


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The Web Protection would likely be the most active while using a peer-to-peer application such as a Bittorrent application because of all the connections.

OK, well thanks for reporting the issue, I'll be sure to make a note of it for the Developers.

If there's anything else we might assist with please let us know.


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