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Windows 7: MBAM 3 Totally Useless Now

21 Apr 2017   #1

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
MBAM 3 Totally Useless Now

MBAM used to be great but the new MBAM 3 is horrible.

The Phone GUI is yet another one of the useless abominations that are all the rage these days.
It refuses to run without it's 24/7 pointless service and it takes at least a minute to start.

Those issues aside, it used to run scans on my machine.

The last few days I've noticed that the scans have stopped working.

When I run a scan it:
  • Checks for updates
  • Checks the memory
  • Finishes
It never scans the SSD or HDDs.
I tried uninstalling and then reinstalling it, but the issue persists.

Has anyone else had this problem?

I've read that malware can break AV programs, however Avast isn't reporting any issues.
I haven't run a Boot scan yet as this take >6 hours on my PC.

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22 Apr 2017   #2

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Peter, a lot of people have been reporting issues on Ten Forums. They have several threads. I've also experienced issues on my machines as well (7 and 10.) I don't know if it will help but Malwarebytes recommends using their cleaning tool to get rid of all remnants of 3.0 before you try to reinstall. Personally, I'm sticking with until it's no longer supported (supposedly June 2017.) Maybe most of the bugs will be fixed by then.

Malwarebytes mb-clean tool - Malwarebytes 3.0 - Malwarebytes Forums
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22 Apr 2017   #3

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yep before using the cleaning tool make sure to Deactivate the key first
I'm sticking to 2.2..... also :)
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22 Apr 2017   #4

Windows 10 64 bit

I've got other problems caused by the Win 10 creators upgrade, but MBAM 3 does not seem to be a problem. I don't have Win 7 anymore so I can't say how it would work for me on Win 7.
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22 Apr 2017   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I have two computer and I use Malwarebytes 3.0 on both. MSE runs active at the same time on both systems.
I have two lifetime Malwarebytes.
All I did to up upgrade to 3.0 was install it over the top of 2.0.
It picked up my License I.D. and Key and installed without problems.

To get a complete scan.

MBAM 3 Totally Useless Now-malwarebytes-scan.png


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23 Apr 2017   #6

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Thanks for your replies

If it is causing problems for other people, then maybe it's not a malware issue in my PC.
Avast is a little twitchy at the moment too, but the Boot Time scan and Quick scans run.

I regret installing MBAM version 3.
I should have kept version 2, as that worked great and it didn't need a totally useless 24/7 service.

I ran an Avast Boot Time scan, just long enough to check my OS partition and the partition with the page file.
It found a couple of broken archives and the latest CCleaner installer had become corrupted, but nothing else.

@marsmimar, thanks for the links and the tip about the cleaning tool.
I still have the old version ( in my download archives (I installed the new version because I assumed the previous versions would stop receiving updates).

@Layback Bear, I have tried creating a Custom scan, but it behaved exactly the same as the other scans.
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24 Apr 2017   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 OEM

I to have had no luck with the V3 mbam.
I have tried 3 times on different versions and after a re-boot my pc is totally non responsive.
My wife's is the same.
We have life activation so I hope they sought it out soon.
Lucky I have Paragon the Mbam restore tool
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24 Apr 2017   #8

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit

Thanks guys.
I used the MBAM cleaning tool and then reinstalled old version (

It starts in ~5 seconds and I can run scans again.
Nothing suspicious was detected.
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24 Apr 2017   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

It's very strange how 3.0 works on so many system and doesn't work on others.

I have one computer that will run TFC by Old Timer with Malwarebytes 3.0 but yet the other system will not run TFC by Old Timer while 3.0 is installed. It locks the system and I have to use the tower button to shutdown and then restart.

I haven't figured that one out yet. Computer do strange things at times.

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24 Apr 2017   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I'm still waiting until the last possible minute before upgrading.
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