December 20, 2016
I understand this is off topic for this Forum but because of the severity of this weekend's problem for anyone having Malwarebytes (MBAM) installed on their computer, I felt it important enough to share, in case you experienced what I did on two of my systems yesterday.
Without warning, two of my Windows 10 Creator Edition (latest version of Win 10) systems suddenly became sluggish and virtually unusable. One system actually issues a blue screen Stop Code while the other system simply went blank and did not respond.
It looked as though both my systems had been somehow compromised!
On restart, Malwarebytes reported Real Time Protection was off, and could not be enabled despite several restarts which indicated this might be the unlikely source of the problem.
An online search revealed earlier versions of MBAM ran into problems with Win10 Creators Edition due to the updated Windows Defender and required reinstalling MBAM to the latest version download from the MBAM website.
I uninstalled and reinstalled MBAM and both systems appeared to regain their stability today.
This morning's news reported what actually occurred, and is outlined in this article:
Anyone with Malwarebytes installed on their Win7 8 or10 computer should read this article and take the steps outlined to uninstall and reinstall MBAM to the latest online download version.
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December 20, 2016
Why do you install MBAM?
It is not required at all. Don’t blame Microsoft Windows 10 creator updates. Normally those virus / malware protection are virus themselves.
I only use Microsoft default defender. I believe it is enough already.
Just like when it comes to investing, each one of us has a different risk tolerance, based on needs and experience when choosing the degree of computer security we implement.
I install MBAM and recommend it to those whose systems I help manage, because of the Real Time Protection features that add additional layers of protection to services that may already be installed...in many cases being Windows Defender.
My intention in posting this notification, is solely for information to those who may not have the resources or expertise to diagnose what appears as a complete system failure, due to unexpected faulty CPU and memory usage by a program that many people use that can be fixed by knowing what to do.