Guide to fix Malwarebytes real-time protection won’t turn on

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Malwarebytes is one of those free anti-virus tools that you can upgrade to the premium version if you want. It is one of the reliable malware scanners that is being used by over 10 million users throughout the world.

Malwarebyte is compatible with Android, Windows, macOS & iOS. No doubt, this is a stable application but sometimes even the best can create issues.

In spite of one of the best in the market, there is a recent issue faced by many users all around. The problem here is that when you are trying to turn on real-time web security settings in your computer, an error occurs on the screen that states “ Malwarebytes real-time protection won’t turn on “.

You are not facing this trouble alone, there are many others who are bewildered about what to do and how to fix the “How to turn on Malwarebytes Web Protection” error.

To reduce stress, we have compiled the best solution to combat annoying errors.

Steps to fix malware real-time web protection won’t turn on error

Follow the mentioned below steps to fix malware real-time web protection won’t turn on error:

Solution 1) 

Restart the Malwarebytes Program

Occasionally the simple solutions do not strike our brains, and we often take the other critical way around to fix a simple issue. Thus, today we will begin with the easiest solutions by restarting the Malwarebyte program.

  • Visit the Malwarebytes and make a right-click on the Malwarebytes system tray icon which is at the bottom of your screen and after that tap on the“Quit Malwarebytes” alternative.
  • Now head to the Malwarebyte desktop icon and launch it by double-clicks.

When you are done, simply examine if the Malwarebytes web protection has started working or not.not.

Solution 2)

Reinstallation of Malwarebytes

According to several users, reinstalling Malwarebytes has fixed the issue of “Malwarebytes real-time protection won’t turn on”. Malwarebytes software is possible to get corrupted somehow. Thus, if you want you can uninstall it and install it again. But while planning to do this, keep the Activation ID handy before beginning. 

  • Initially, Open MBAM and then proceed to My Account. 
  • After that click on Deactivate. From here head to Advanced Setting and disable the box which is near to the “Enable self-protection module”
  • Now, shut the program and download the Mbam-clean.exe tool from the Malwarebyte site.
  • Shut entire programs that are open in your PC and disable your Anti-virus for the time being.
  • Now, run the Mbam-clean.exe tool and mindfully follow the prompts that will come on your screen.
  • Then download the newest version of Mbam from the Malwarebytes website and install it by following the commands on the screen. 
  • Next to the Trial option diable the box. After you open the program, tap on the Activation button.
  • The final step is to copy the activation ID and Key and paste in the dialog box to activate your license.

I wish your “Malwarebytes web protection won’t turn on” issue will be gone from here.

Solution 3

Update the Malwarebytes Program to the latest version

The “Malwarebytes real-time web protection won’t turn on” error is more likely to occur from an older Malwarebytes program.  Thus, it becomes essential to keep your software updated.

Follow the steps to update your Malwarebytes Program:
  • Initially, open the Malwarebytes program by clicking on the icon on the desktop or start menu.
  • Tap on Settings and then proceed to the Application tab.
  • From the Application Update Section, tap on Install Application Updates.
  • There will be a pop-up stating ‘there are no updates available” or saying ‘Progress: Updates Successfully downloaded.
  • Simply tap on OK and after that click Yes when you will get the prompts immediately.
  • Follow the given commands on your screen properly to finish the Update.

Once you have finished the Update, examine if the Malwarebytes Web protection turns on or not and let us know if it works out.

Solution 4 

Uninstall the MBAM web protection driver

Some say that this has resolved their problem, and some argue that it may not work. But, uninstalling the driver will force the anti-virus to install itself after rebooting your PC. Follow the mentioned below solution:

  • Find the Malwarebyte system tray icon at the bottom right part of your screen and next right-click on it and select the ‘Quit Malwarebytes’ option.
  • Find the ‘Command Prompt’ and right-click on it and then select ‘Run as Administrator’ option. 
  • Now copy and paste the following illustration and then click the Enter button.
  • Once completed, Restart your PC  and then again Reopen Malwarebytes in a similar way.
  • Now head to the Settings and below it chooses the Protection tab and check below the real-time Protection section for web protection.
  • Turn the slider from Off to On and check if the problem is solved now.

Uninstalling the Mbam web protection driver can fix your issue, thus simply check and find out.

And if no solution has worked till now, then you might require a system restore.

Solution 5 

System Restore

If the above solution didn’t work out for you, this may be the final option that could troubleshoot the issue. But when you are decided to run this process, you have to guarantee that you restore your PC to a certain restore point before the error showed up and this might bring back the real version without errors.

Thus try it and let us know what really solved the ‘Malwarebytes real-time protection won’t turn on’.


We wish that after following the above-mentioned steps you would have fixed Malwarebytes real-time protection won’t turn on error. If not so or you come across any issue, dial Malwarebytes Customer support to get in touch with proficient experts who will resolve the issue within a stipulated time.