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So, malwarebytes said that there was an update available and i had to restart my computer, just as i clicked on the restart button a message: "Unaible to connect the Service" appeared and then my computer restarted anyway, after it restarted, i clicked on malwarebytes to run it to see if it had any problems and it didn't start, then i googled this and found that it could be fixed through the support tool, which i downloaded and used, but it only deleted the desktop shortcut, it also says that all malwarebytes products have been removed from my computer, but when i go to my Program Files, the malwarebytes folder and all of its contents are still untouched. I tried to delete the folder, but it says that the action couldn't be completed because the folder or file is open in another program. I went through my task manager processes and found a "Malwarebytes Service" process, i tried to end task but i got a "The operation could not be completed, access is denied" which is strange because I'm using my administrator user. I also tried to uninstall it from my control panel but it sasy "An error occurred while trying to uninstall malwarebytes version, It has already been uninstalled", which is not true at all, the malwarebytes folder is still in my Program Files with all of its contents, malwarebytes is still pinned to my taskbar and if i try to run it, it says "Unable to connect the Service". So far, i have tried to uninstall it through the support tool, control panel, even manually, but it didn't work because the "Malwarebytes Service" is still running. I would like some advice/assistance on how to remove it. (Such as using 3rd party tools like uninstallers or such or some other way). It's very strange, because i haven't had a problem with malwarebytes until now, it was running perfectly and it did the job it was supposed to do, i regularly use it to scan my computer and specific files, i'm feeling kind of bummed out for having to choose another provider now that this kind of problem has occurred, i was satisfied with malwarebytes when it was working properly and didn't cause me this problem.








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51 minutes ago, CPSC said:

I would like some advice/assistance on how to remove it.

Please do the following so that we may take a closer look at your installation for troubleshooting:

NOTE: The tools and the information obtained is safe and not harmful to your privacy or your computer, please allow the programs to run if blocked by your system.


  • Download the Malwarebytes Support Tool
  • In your Downloads folder, open the mb-support-x.x.x.xxx.exe file
  • In the User Account Control pop-up window, click Yes to continue the installation
  • Run the MBST Support Tool
  • In the left navigation pane of the Malwarebytes Support Tool, click Advanced
  • In the Advanced Options, click Gather Logs. A status diagram displays the tool is Getting logs from your machine
  • A zip file named mbst-grab-results.zip will be saved to your desktop, please upload that file on your next reply


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38 minutes ago, Porthos said:


No, thank you. It appears that in my lack of experience and panic in the situation, i have forgotten the most important step, which was to restart my computer after uninstalling. Even though after restarting, malwarebytes was still there, the "Malwarebytes Service" process did not start, so i just manually deleted the Malwarebytes folder from my Program Files and that did the job. I appreciate the support, 


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