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Hey guys. I've got a problem recently developed with MBAM where it takes perhaps a full minute to load at startup. I've got an I7-860 with tonnes of HDD and RAM running XP- there's no reason for it to take so long power-wise.

Can someone tell me if there's anything that can be done for this? There is a possibility my Smart Dual LAN is partially responsible, but I can run CMD and IPCONFIG to confirm I've been allocated an IP address and yet MBAM still hasn't loaded up yet.

I've got no other antivirus etc running whatsoever, including in the Processes tab of the Task Manager- any previous installations have been successfully uninstalled as far as I know.

Thanks in advance

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Greetings and welcome :D

I do believe MBAM is deliberately delayed to avoid conflicts with AV software that may (and should) be installed but I do not know if there's a way to change that in XP or not. In 7 and Vista it can be changed by altering the service startup from Automatic (Delayed Start) to Automatic but in XP it's simply set to Automatic so the delay is implemented a different way.

Aside from that, you really should run some sort of antivirus software along with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware as MBAM is not designed to be a replacement for antivirus protection, merely a supplemental layer of protection catch the nasties that most AV's tend to miss.

The following are my recommendations for antivirus protection along with links to downloads for them (free trials for those that require a purchase so you can try them before deciding):

Note: If you decide to use one of the trial versions of one of the paid antiviruses then you will either need to purchase it or uninstall it completely and install a replacement antivirus before the trial expires so that your PC is not left unprotected.

Also note that if using the paid version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware with your antivirus in realtime that it is generally a good idea to exclude Malwarebytes' files from your antivirus to avoid conflicts. The FAQ contains examples of setting file exclusions for some known AV products.

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hmm OK thanks mate :)

I don't suppose there are any plans to extend MBAM to encompass antivirus are there?

I've found most antivirus packages (and firewalls) seem to suck quite badly.. TBH I feel safe having MBAM running without 3rd party antivirus etc. - In all the years I've had antivirus, they've never picked up a thing whereas MBAM does!

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I don't know of any plans to create or integrate AV into Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, but from what I recall of previous discussions on the subject the developers had initially decided against it simply because it would be too difficult to try and do everything and cover every threat (this is actually why MBAM exists to begin with, because most major AV's fail at hitting the latest/nastiest threats, that's where MBAM comes in :)). I believe the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none" sums it up pretty well. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a very specialized tool that focuses on the worst, most elusive threats and leaves the more common nasties to the big AV's.

If performance is a major factor for you (I know it is for me), then any of the AV's I recommended should be a good fit if you choose to install one. They're all pretty light on resources and shouldn't drag your system down. I know from personal experience that Avira, Microsoft Security Essentials and Kaspersky are very light and I've heard the same of Avast! and NOD32 from many users.

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I am really happy that avast! V5 and MBAM are not finding anything on my system thanks to the real time protection they provide.

If I had a I7-860 system I would not waste it on XP as Windows 7 64-bit would love it. :P

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I am really happy that avast! V5 and MBAM are not finding anything on my system thanks to the real time protection they provide.

If I had a I7-860 system I would not waste it on XP as Windows 7 64-bit would love it. :)

Yeah just as soon as I can get Win7 for sub-$100 :)

BTW I installed the Microsoft Security Essentials suggested- directly after it updated the whole system was unresponsive for a minute. Thought I'd mention it on the off chance others take your advice and happen to choose the MS AV solution. Don't stress or click/press stuff during the install, just wait for it. Even my taskbar was unresponsive at one point. MBAM didn't need to be added to any exception list from what I can tell either, it's kosher.

Cheers again

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