What to Do If Malwarebytes Web Protection Won’t Turn [Fixed]

Malwarebytes is one of the most popular antivirus software which safeguards the operating system (Windows OS, Mac OS, and iOS) from unwanted malware. But sometimes you can face issues while turning it on. 

If you have downloaded a corrupted or damaged version of the Malwarebytes software, then you can get this particular error. Besides, for not updating the application for a long time, this error can get triggered. Moreover, due to corrupted MBAM Web Protection Driver, this issue can occur.

So, if you are unable to open the application, then it is suggested to fix it at the earliest. And to do that, you need to implement effective measures to solve this particular Malwarebytes error. 

Methods to Resolve “Malwarebytes Real-Time Protection Won’t Turn On” Error

This section consists of the primary methods to fix the error so that you can turn on the Malwarebytes application on the device. You just need to implement the below-mentioned steps properly as per your convenience.

Method 1: Update the Malwarebytes Antivirus Software

There is a high chance that the Malwarebytes won’t turn on if you are using an outdated version of the application. In that case, you need to update the application to get rid of the error. And to update the application, you need to implement the below-mentioned steps:

  • Go to the Start Menu and choose the “Malwarebytes” application.
  • Double-click on it and then go to the “Settings” section. 
  • From there move to the “Application” tab. Now, tap on the “Install Application Updates” option.

Note: You will see the above option under the “Application Updates Section.”.

  • If there is no update available for the Malwarebytes, you will be notified with a pop-up message “No updates available”.
  • And if there is an update available for the application, you will get the “Progress: Updates successfully downloaded” message on the screen. 
  • First, tap on the “OK” button next. And then tap on the “Yes” button to get the latest version of the application.
  • Now, you need to go through the onscreen instructions to finish the updating process. 

After updating the Malwarebytes, now check if you can successfully open the application. If not, then you need to move to the next section. 

Method 2: Uninstall the MBAM Web Protection Driver

Sometimes, for the damaged or corrupted MBAM driver, you can get the “Malwarebytes Web Protection won’t start” error. In that, you need to first uninstall the corrupted version of the MBAM driver. And then install a fresh copy of the driver in the device. 

How to Uninstall the MBAM Protection Driver?

To do that, you need to do the below-mentioned steps:

  • First, tap on the Malwarebyte icon and then choose the “Quit Malwarebytes” option from the drop-down menu. 
  • Now, go to the Start button and write “Cmd” in the search box.
  • From the searched result, choose the “cmd” and then right-click on it,
  • Choose the “Run as Administrator” option from the drop-down menu. 
  • Now, in the opened Command Prompt window, write “sc delete mbamwebprotection”.
  • Hit the “Enter” button next to run the command. 

Now, restart the device and go to the Start menu, From there tap on the “Power” icon and then open the Malwarebyte application again. Go to the “Protections section in the Malwarebytes window.

Go to the “Web Protection” section under the ‘Real-Time Protection’ section. Now, turn the “Web Protection” option off and now try to turn on the application. 

How to Install the MBAM Protection Driver?

When you are done with uninstalling the protection driver you need to install the drive again on the device. And to do that you need to do the below-mentioned steps:

  • Open any Web Browser. In the address of the web browser, write “MBAM protection driver”.
  • Hit the Enter button next. Tap on one of the results and then click on the “Download” button.
  • After downloading it, you need to install it on the device. 

When you are done with installing the latest version of the MBAM Protection driver, open the application. And check if you have solved the “Malwarebytes Malware Protection Won’t Turn on” error. But if not, then it is suggested to go to the next segment. 

Method 3: Restart The MBAM Service

Often due to corrupted MBAMService.exe, you can come across this error. In that case, you need to restart the service so that you can turn on the Malwarebytes application again. And to do that, you need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Hold the Ctrl, Shift and Esc key together. This will open the Task Manager window.
  • In the Task Manager tab. Now, search for the Malwareservice.exe entry form the list of the Processes tab. 
  • Hit the “Yes” button next. 

Note: You will get a warning message after tapping on the “Yes” button. 

  • After that, tap on the “New” option and then click on the “Task”.
  • Now, the “Create a new task” Window will popup on the screen. Write “MBAMService.exe”. 
  • Tap on the “OK” button next to run the command.

Now, restart the device and check if you can open the Malwarebytes. But if the error persists, you need to skip to the next section. 

Method 4: Uninstall and Reinstall Malwarebytes 

There is a high possibility that the downloaded Malwarebytes application can be corrupted. If this is the case, then you need to uninstall the application from the device. And after uninstalling it, reinstall it again on the device. 

How to Uninstall Malwarebytes?

Here, we will guide you on how to uninstall the Malwarebytes application. Just follow the below-mentioned instructions:

  • Hold the Windows and R key together. This will open the Run Dialog box.
  • In the pop-up Run dialog box, write “regedit”. Hit the “Enter” button next. This will open the Registry Editor window.
  • In that window, search for the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware”.

Note: If you use Windows x64 64-Bit, then you need to search for the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware” location.

  • Now, open the MBAM application. From there, go to the “My Account” section.
  • Tap on the “Deactivate” button. Next, move to the “Open Settings” option. 
  • Choose the “Advanced Settings” option. Make sure the “Enable Self-Protection Module” option is not checked.
  • Now, close the program.

Check if you have successfully deactivated the Malwarebytes application. Now, open a web browser and go to the official website of Malwarebytes to download the mbam-clean.exe tool. 

Run that tool and go through the onscreen instructions to uninstall the application completely from the device. 

How to Reinstall Malwarebytes?

Once you are done with uninstalling the application from the device, you need to download the latest version of the application. To reinstall Malwarebytes, you need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Open any Web Browser. Go to the official website of Malwarebytes.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to download the application in the device. 

After downloading Malwarebytes, install it. Now, run the application and you will be able to fix the “Malwarebytes Web Protection off” error completely.