Malwarebytes anti-malware solution is one of the most common antiviruses used globally. Lately, some of the users of this program have complained they cannot open Malwarebytes. This could be due to a virus infection that stops the activities of Malwarebytes.
Why is Malwarebytes Anti-malware Not Launching?
May users reported that Malwarebytes is not working properly and it is not launching as well. We investigated and found some reasons that can trigger the ill-working of this antimalware. The reason could be a context missing, corrupted application, installation errors or other technical issues. The most common reason for Malwarebytes not working can be a virus infection.
The Solutions Worth Giving a Try
We have provided some simple solutions that you can easily follow even if you are not tech-savvy. Please follow the methods provided below and fix the problem with Malwarebytes on your own.
Rename explorer.exe to mbam.exe
By renaming the executable file, many users solved the issues with their Malwarebytes program. The execution of the file might be stopped because of malware attacks. You will need administrative permission in order to rename the files. To do the changes you need to follow these directions:
Move to, C: Program Files\MalwarebytesAnti-Malware.now click on mbam.exe and choose rename from the menu. Rename the mbam.exe file to explorer.exe and run the program.
Run Malwarebytes as an Administrator
It is always advised to run the programs with administrative permission to avoid any issue. To run Malwarebytes with administrator privileges:
You need to move to the C: Program Files\MalwarebytesAnti-Malware, click on mbam.exe and then choose Properties from the contextual menu. Now you need to open the Compatibility tab. Before confirming the changes, check the “run this program as an administrator.”
If Malwarebytes is not working due to virus attacks, you can launch Malwarebytes chameleon. The infected system can create issues with some other applications. A powerful chameleon tool is already present inside the Malwarebytes anti-malware to safeguard. When the virus tries to attack the malware tool, chameleon tries to protect the anti-malware from inside.
To run the Malwarebytes Chameleon, you need to follow these directions:
Download Malwarebytes Chameleon. Use the official site to download the Malwarebytes chameleon. Unzip the contents in a specific folder after the download completes. Next, open the SHM Helo file and follow the instructions. You can also double-click on them to run the files. Follow the instructions displaying on your screen.
Run Malwarebytes in Safe Mode
Boot your system in Safe Mode with networking to avoid any third party interference. This will limit the malicious software from creating threats and resisting the work of Malwarebytes.
Follow the below-mentioned steps to boot your system in safe mode:
Shut down your PC holding and pressing the Power button. Power on and Repeat the procedure 3 times. The Advanced Recovery menu will appear the 4th time. Then you need to choose to Troubleshoot and select Advanced options. Now, click on Startup Settings. Click on Restart and choose Safe Mode with Networking from the list. Start Malwarebytes and scan for malware. Restart the PC afterward and check if it properly scans through Malwarebytes.
Reinstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
If nothing works, you can try to uninstall Malwarebytes and then download and install Malwarebytes again.
For uninstalling, type ‘control’ in the search pane and when the Control Panel opens, choose ‘Uninstall a Program.’ Now, select Malwarebytes from the list of installed programs and select Uninstall to remove this program from your system. Now download and install the latest version of Malwarebytes and check if this resolves the issue.
We hope you have already solved the issue. Do not forget to tell us about your experience and suggestions regarding the article in the comment section below.