How to Temporarily Disable Malwarebytes

by Ruri Ranbe

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO features a protection engine that provides proactive defense against attack. The anti-virus software monitors your computer for suspicious activity, alerting you whenever it detects a potential threat. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, however, can sometimes miscategorize benign programs or activities as harmful, reporting what's known as a "false positive." You can disable temporarily real-time protection to prevent conflicts.

Step 1

Expand the system tray in the taskbar to view the list of applications running in the background.

Step 2

Right-click the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware icon and then select "Enable Protection" from the context menu.

Click "Yes" when prompted to turn off Real Time Protection.


  • To prevent the protection engine from reactivating at startup, click "Start with Windows" to clear the check box next to it in the context menu.
  • If the "Enable Protection" option is grayed out, select "Exit" from the context menu instead.

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About the Author

Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.

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