Fixed: Malwarebytes Slowing Down Windows 10

Malwarebytes antivirus suite users often report that this service demonstrates abnormally high usage of CPU. And in case they overlook this problem for a long time, then it slows down the performance of the system.  

Mostly, this issue occurs when there is a problem in the version of Malwarebytes you are using. If you are also stuck with the same issue, then you need effective hacks to get rid of this issue. 

Easy Hacks to Fix ‘Malwarebytes Slowing Down Windows 10’ Issue

Here, we are about to discuss the easiest hacks through which you can solve the ‘Malwarebytes Slowing Down Windows 10’ issue in minutes. You need to perform the hacks stated below in the exact sequence provided: 

Procedure 1: Replace the Other Antivirus Tool you are Using

Malwarebytes antivirus is designed specifically to run without any other antivirus programs (on the same system). Thus, some of the free security tools that are installed on your computer may create incompatibility issues with Malwarebytes. 

Hence, it is recommended to uninstall them. To do that, you can follow the below steps: 

  • In the beginning, go to the Start menu and tap on the Settings (gear-shaped) icon. 
  • Click on the ‘View by’ drop-down menu and choose the ‘Category’ from the list. 
  • Afterward, navigate to the ‘Apps’ category. It will open the list of applications that are installed on the computer. 
  • Now, search for the free antivirus tools that are installed on your computer. Once you get that, right-click on it and click on Uninstall. 
  • After opening the Uninstallation wizard, you can uninstall the tool by following the on-screen prompts. 

Once the uninstallation process completes, you can restart the system and then check if the issue still persists. Else, you can move on to the next method. 

Procedure 2: Perform a Clean Install of Malwarebytes

According to some tech-specialists, you can solve this issue by reinstalling the Malwarebytes program. If you are using a premium or pro version of Malwarebytes antivirus, then you need to find out the Activation key and ID to perform the entire process. 

Step 1: 

First of all, press the R and Windows key both at the same time from the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box. Then, type “regedit” in the input field and press the Enter key to proceed. 

Now, go to the location where the registries are present: 

  • Location for Windows x86 32-Bit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE \Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
  • Location for Windows x64 64-Bit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE \Wow6432Node\Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

Here, you will see the Activation key and ID that you can use further. 

Step 2: 

Now, open the MBAM application and navigate to the ‘My Account’ section. Tap on the Deactivate button. Then, go to the Settings and click on the ‘Advanced Settings’ button. Untick the ‘Enable self-protection module’ box. 

Step 3: 

Afterward, exit from the MBAM and then visit the official website of Malwarebytes. Search for the ‘mbam-clan.exe’ and download that on your computer. If other security tools are enabled on the device, then you can disable them temporarily. 

Step 4: 

Next, go to the location where you have saved the ‘mbam-clean.exe’ tool. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen. If it prompts to restart the system, tap on the Restart button. 

Step 5: 

Now, download the latest version of MBAM from the official website of Malwarebyte. Afterward, install it by following the on-screen prompts. Next, untick the Trial box and tap on the Activation button. 

Note: If you re using the trial version, then you don’t need to download it again. In that case, you can skip this step. 

Step 6: 

Provide the Activation key and ID that you received previously. Afterward, it will activate the license automatically. 

Note: If you are not using the Pro or Premium version of MBAM, then you only need to follow Step again. 

Procedure 3: Stop the Malwarebytes Service

If you stop the Malwarebytes service to run effectively, then this will prevent running some features like real-time protection, but you will be able to use the malware scanner. 

It is indeed a simple procedure if you don’t want to uninstall Malwarebytes. When the latest update is launched, you have to install that and then makes the changes as described below: 

Step 1: 

First and foremost, open the Run dialog box and type “services.msc” in the input field. Then, tap on the OK button to open the Services tool. Afterward, open the Control Panel by going to the Start menu. 

Step 2: 

Afterward, click on the drop-down button of the ‘View by’ tab and choose the ‘Large Icons’ from the list. Now, scroll down the list of options until you will get the ‘Administrative Tools’ option. Tap on it and search for the shortcut button of Services. Once you get that, open it. 

Step 3: 

Now, find out the ‘Malwarebytes Service’ from the list and right-click on it. Afterward, choose ‘Properties’ from the list. If you see that the status of the service is showing ‘Running’, then stop it by clicking on the Stop button. Or, if it is stopped, then do not change the status. 

Step 4: 

Thereafter, make sure that the Startup type is set to Automatic under the Services Properties window. After changing the startup type, a pop-up box will appear to confirm the action. Tap on the Start button to confirm the action. 

Lastly, exit from the window and restart the system. Now, the ‘Malwarebytes slowing down Windows 10’ issue is resolved as expected.