Malwarebytes 3.0.6 is the latest version of the popular security program for Windows that is available as a free and premium version.
The company, also called Malwarebytes, released version 3.0 of the program not too long ago. The update changed things around quite a bit, and not all for the better.
The new Malwarebytes unified the company's three individual products Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit, and Anti-Ransomware into a single product. All three were available as a free version previously, but that changed with the release of the new program version.
The company pulled the standalone products, so that they could only be used from that moment on in Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium.
There were other things in Malwarebytes 3.0 that user worried about. Especially the program's memory consumption was mentioned in this regard, but users complained about the performance and the stability of the security application as well.
Malwarebytes released several versions since the initial release of Malwarebytes 3.0. All included stability and performance improvements, as well as other fixes. This is not different with today's release of Malwarebytes 3.0.6. The new version is available for free and premium users alit.
Highlights of the Malwarebytes 188.8.131.529 release are:
The full change log is displayed when you start the update. You may also check it out on the Malwarebytes site once the release history is updated.
Malwarebytes addressed several issues in this new version of the software. At least some users who upgraded their version to Malwarebytes 3.0.6 are reporting that they are still experiencing issues including crashes, Access Denied Code 5 error messages during the upgrade, or that Web Protection does not start.
On a personal note: I did experience the "Real-Time Protection turned off" notification issue, and it was quite annoying. I have to monitor this more closely, but it seems indeed fixed in this release.
Memory consumption of MBAMService.exe is still quite high, and it is not the only process that is used by the application.
First thing you may want to do is check the version information of the installed copy of Malwarebytes. You find the information under Settings > About.
Check the Malwarebytes version and the Component Package version. The Malwarebytes version should read 184.108.40.2069. If it is not , you need to update the software to the latest version anyway as newer versions are already available to the public.
If that is the installed version, you will notice that the component package version is 1.0.50.
The preview update brings the component package version of Malwarebytes to 1.0.69.
The download link has been posted on the official Malwarebytes forum. This is the only option to update Malwarebytes 3.0.1469 currently.
Please note that this is labeled a preview. It may not be stable, and you may experience issues installing it on a machine.
I did not notice any issues installing it on a Windows 10 64-bit PC however, but your mileage may vary.
It is recommended to create a backup of important data before you install the preview update.
The component package version should read 1.0.69 after the update.
The preview download will be replaced eventually by the public Malwarebytes 3.0.6 update.
Since it is a preview, there is no word yet on the changes that it introduces. It may fix issues that you are experiencing, and may be worth a shot because of that. (thanks AJ North for the tip)
You can check the version of Malwarebytes in the following way:
If it does not, select Dashboard to go back to the starting page. Locate Updates under scan status, and click on the link next to it there to run a manual check for update. If it is not picked up, I'd suggest you download the program anew from the Malwarebytes website to update it this way.
You are probably wondering what has been fixed in the version:
The update addresses startup issues of several of the security program's components. In particular, it fixes issues with Web Protection not being enabled properly, and Web Protection related issues, such as DNS not resolving properly when the module ran in the background.
It is too early to tell whether component update 1.0.75 will fix all issues surrounding Web Protection and other components.
A new beta update released this weekend promises to do away with that particular issue. The very first entry of the change log reads " Fixed issue where real-time protection modules do not enable correctly".
It needs to be noted that this is a beta release. It is not designed for production environments. Also, users are asked not to install the update on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, and to do a clean install. This means removing the installed version of Malwarebytes 3 first before installing the new version.
As far as other fixes are concerned, there are plenty as well according to the changelog:
Malwarebytes will push out a stable version update eventually that will patch the issues in that version as well on user systems. A release date has not been mentioned yet though.
Malwarebytes notes that the update fixes several reported security vulnerabilities in the program as well.
If you run Malwarebytes 3.0 or later on your Windows system, you may want to make sure that the latest update is installed. It fixes several security issues, and long-standing issues that at least some users of the program had to live with since the release of Malwarebytes 3.0 Final.
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