Thanks exile360 for your candid response.
I am not sure if you have had time to read the entire post... I am just here sounding off that the free MBAM is being flagged by Norton 360 Premier 2013 Edition as well.
Second, would you please accept and pass along my humble Thank You for you and everyone at Malwarebytes for your product. I actually heard of you through "word of mouth" about 3 years ago. I was impressed someone had told me that Malwarebytes (not sure if it is true or not) was started by former hackers who had a change of heart. THANK YOU for designing a product that is another layer of protection. Because we all need ALL the help we can get from the bad guys.
You're quite welcome, and thank you for the compliments (and yes, I've read this entire thread
). While the history of our company is quite interesting, it's not quite as interesting as being started by former hackers. Marcin, our CEO, started things up while working at a PC repair shop (just like myself actually) and became frustrated by the fact that the tools available to him for fixing PCs weren't doing the job at eliminating the nastiest threats of the day such as rogue/fake antivirus software and spyware and that time and time again it was his workplace's policy to format systems that couldn't be easily fixed (i.e. those which required manual repair via tools such as HijackThis etc.) and it really hit home when he himself got infected. He went online to search for help and came across one of the many wonderful security forums where trained experts offer free volunteer assistance in cleaning up machines and worked with them for several days until his PC was back in proper working order and free of infection. He observed them having to use manual removal tools like HijackThis in order to get his PC cleaned and decided to try his hand at building his own, so he learned basic programming and began developing tools to target these nasty threats such as AboutBuster (to kill the then prominent About:Blank infection) and other tools of the like, working with the same experts who had helped him to get his own PC clean to find out what threats they were seeing and how to make tools to automatically remove them, making their jobs much easier.
There's a lot more to this story, but I don't want to get too far off topic here. Needless to say, while Malwarebytes does have humble beginnings, it wasn't started by hackers/ex-hackers, just frustrated PC users like yourself who got sick and tired of these threats getting past all security software and requiring the hand of an expert to remove. That's our goal as a company, to protect against what others fail to, catching the threats they miss and covering the attack vectors that they do not and so far it has proven to be quite successful for us and part of our desire to keep on track with our mantra of believing that everyone has the right to a malware free existence is to continue offering our free version which will update, scan and remove any infections it finds without charging a penny. That's also the reason that we ourselves run our own free, volunteer run malware removal forum located here
so that we can keep giving back as much as we can and stop malware in its tracks no matter what it takes.
An article explaining much of the history of how Marcin started things can be found in this article
if you'd like to learn more about the history of Malwarebytes