Check the Real-Time Protection status in Malwarebytes for Windows v3

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Real-Time Protection is a Premium feature available in Malwarebytes on Windows and other home devices. Depending on your operating system, Real-Time Protection can block malware, exploits, ransomware, or malicious websites. To confirm Real-Time Protection is on or off, open the Malwarebytes application and view your Dashboard or refer to the instructions below.


Check Real-Time Protection in Malwarebytes on Windows

Windows computers receive real-time malware, exploit, and malicious website protection from Malwarebytes Premium. Ransomware protection is available on Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 10. See below for two different ways to check and toggle Real-Time Protection features.


Check Real-Time Protection from the Dashboard

  1. Open Malwarebytes.

  2. See the right-hand side of the Malwarebytes Dashboard to see which protection is On, Off, or Unavailable.
    Image of the Dashboard for Malwarebytes for Windows devices.



Check Real-Time Protection from Settings

  1. Open Malwarebytes.

  2. Click Settings, then click Protection.
    Image of Settings in Malwarebytes for Windows.

  3. Under Real-Time Protection, you can toggle protection or see which protection is On, Off, or Unavailable.
    Image of Real-Time Protection features in Malwarebytes for Windows.


Real-Time Protection is more effective with all protection layers turned on. If any Real-Time Protection layers are turned off, we recommend turning them on as soon as possible. For help protecting your devices, refer to the article Turn Real-Time Protection on or off.


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