How to Troubleshoot Malwarebytes Won’t Update Windows 10 Error?

Malwarebytes anti-malware is a security software well-known for removing PUPs from the device. Along with malware detection and removal, Malwarebytes provides various other security tools for good security. Malwarebytes antivirus has a good interface which can be easily managed by everyone. But still, there are free issues which are reported by many Malwarebytes users. Many people reported that they are facing Malwarebytes won’t update errors. Update error appears when your device or Malwarebytes setup is dealing with some error. You have to check all possibilities for troubleshooting the error.

Try updating Malwarebytes manually

If your Malwarebytes will not update automatically, try the manual process. Close your running programs and press the Windows button. Click on Settings option and navigate to Apps and Features. Now click on Malwarebytes antivirus and click on Update button. Malwarebytes will take some time for searching for a new update. Wait until the Malwarebytes update completes. Now restart your device and check whether your Malwarebytes antivirus gets updated or not.

Check the internet connection

Your internet access can be a potent reason behind the Malwarebytes can’t update error. If your Malwarebytes process interrupts or takes too much time then check the internet connection. Updating errors appear when your internet is weak. If you are using a wireless internet connection on your device then try to place the PC near the Wi-Fi source (router). You can also try connecting the internet via LAN cable as it helps in improving your internet speed. Now try to update your Malwarebytes. Update issues can also appear when you are using a shared internet connection. You should always update your OS and software on secured internet connection. Connect your device to a private network and then try to update Malwarebytes antivirus. If your internet connection is unstable then wait until it gets smooth and update the program.

Check your firewall

Sometimes update issues can appear due to the firewall. The firewall is used for checking the incoming and outgoing traffic on your network. Sometimes, firewall disallows the updates. You should check the firewall settings and check the permissions. Here are the steps for checking your firewall:

  1. Go to the Windows search bar
  2. Type Allow
  3. Click on Allow an app through Windows Firewall
  4. Select the Change Settings option
  5. Tap the Allow another app option
  6. Go to the installation folder of Malwarebytes and add he executable files
  7. You have to enable Malwarebytes to form connections with a public and private network
  8. Save all the changes
  9. Hit the OK button
  10. Restart your device and try updating your Malwarebytes antivirus. 

Check the disk space

Every new update needs some disk space on the PC. After updating, the size of the program increases. If your device is lacking free disk space then Malwarebytes updates not current will get on the device. You should check the free space before updating the antivirus. If the free space is low then add a hard disk on your device. You can remove large files from your device. Go to the Apps folder and uninstall all the unnecessary programs from your device like gaming and editing applications. Remove movies and other big files from the PC and then try to update your antivirus. 

Remove the system and browser junk

Junk files can also create the updates issue. You should remove the browser junk from time to time. Go to your PC and remove the temporary files. Now open your web browser and delete cookies and caches. You can use the Windows cleanup tool for cleaning all system junk. You can follow the given steps for using Windows cleanup tool:

  1. Close your web browser
  2. Press the Windows button and type command on the search bar
  3. Hold and press the ctrl and shift keys
  4. Now hit the Enter button
  5. You will get a permission wizard
  6. Click Yes on the wizard
  7. The command screen will appear on the desktop
  8. Type cleanmgr on the command screen (black box with blinking cursor)
  9. Hit the Enter button

Disk cleanup tool will scan the PC and show you a list of items you can delete from your device. Check the list of items and click on the items you want to delete. Hit the OK button and the files will get removed from the device. Now restart your device and again try to update your Malwarebytes antivirus. 

If you are getting the Malwarebytes update issues due to Malwarebytes program files then you have to restore the program files. If you are unable to restore the files then uninstall your Malwarebytes setup and reinstall the updated Malwarebytes setup on your device.

Check for the system update

The error on the Malwarebytes update can occur when you are using the outdated OS. Outdated operating systems can get the user into various errors. It may interrupt the antivirus or other programs’ updating process. When Malwarebytes is showing an update error; check for the Windows update. Go to the Update and Security tab and update your Operating system. After updating the OS, restart your Windows 10 and now try to update the Malwarebytes.

Check the Malwarebytes registry files

The updating process on Malwarebytes can interrupt when the program related registry files get corrupted. You can repair the files from the Windows registry editor. You should create the backup for the keys to preventing any kind of issues. Open the Registry editor on your device. Now choose the error related keys (Malwarebytes keys) and save them with the .reg extension. Now export the Malwarebytes backup keys to the desktop. Edit the corrupted Malwarebytes registry files to repair. If you don’t know the steps to repair then do not try to edit the reg files and ask for technical help.

Disable/uninstall another antivirus on your device

Malwarebytes is a different type of security program. You can install another antivirus with it easily. Usually, installing multiple antiviruses on the device starts interrupting each other. But Malwarebytes can work with another antivirus as well. The user has to adjust some of the settings on Malwarebytes and then you can run Malwarebytes with another security program. But if the user hasn’t changed the Malwarebytes settings then he may face issues while scanning or updating Malwarebytes. If you are using another antivirus on the system then disable it for a while. Now try to update the Malwarebytes. If the antivirus is still interrupting the process then uninstall it from your computer and then update your Malwarebytes antivirus to the latest version.

Repair the Window system files

Errors on your Windows system files can get you to antivirus updating issues. You can’t fix the update error until you repair the Windows system files. But repairing these files manually is difficult. Do not edit any of the system files manually. You can use the inbuilt file checker tool of Windows. This tool can repair all the corrupted Windows system files automatically. Go to the run wizard of your Windows and search for sfc/scannow. The system file checker will scan the computer for the broken files. After fixing the system files, restart the computer and now run the Malwarebytes update. 

Uninstall Third-Party software

Update errors can occur on security programs due to third-party software. Third-party programs are free but can be very dangerous to your device. These programs carry malware like adware, Trojan Horses etc. These malicious programs interrupt the updating process of antivirus. If you have installed any third-party program such as a third-party online game or editing software then remove it from your device. Visit the Apps folder on your Windows 10 device and remove all of them one by one. After uninstalling the programs, restart the PC and try to update the antivirus.