Louis James

Malwarebytes Hijacked - Is it True?

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Recently, while using Malwarebytes, the application "detected itself" with a "Don't.Steal.Our.Software" worm or virus. Even though I regularly download the application from www.malwarebytes.org or cnet.com, I became suspicious. I later found some articles that IOBit had "apparently" hijacked the Malwarebytes database.

I've waited a few weeks and was hoping to see some type of info/update about this or even if it's true. Is it? How can I know that I've got the correct version? The correct database?

I look forward to your comments.

Louis James

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Greetings and welcome :)

Was the file detected by the scanner or the protection module? Would you please post a log of what was found as I suspect this may actually be a false positive?

Thanks :)

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Was the file detected by the scanner or the protection module?

Well... that's a problem. I do know that it was the scanner. But logs I don't have because once I read articles about the problem, I "kinda ran away" for a time.

In fact, when it happened (04-26-2010), I posted this to some of my team:

Well, as much as I

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So any conclusions to this question? Becuase I just had something strange happen. While searching for something I opened an unknown website and got a window that said I had some viruses or something like that...so I ctrl alt del and closed the window using my keyboard...... so I went to open malwarebytes and it said.....something like.... an update has installed and ( I then needed to click ok or cancel I clicked OK) and then it said malwarabytes has been installed!!! I thought I already had it installed (does it install every time you use it?) anyhow so went ahead and I right clicked my original malwarebyte icon and started a scan...then a window popped up and said scan complete which took all of 11 seconds...to sum this up I had 2 scans going at once. I am sorry if I am confusing ...but I am confused! I don't what I installed on my computer.

Anyhow I scanned and my computer was clean. I have the free version, does it update on it's own? Has malwarebytes been hijacked???

Should I uninstall and install again? HELP

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Iobit did indeed steal the Malwarebytes database & intellectual property;

http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=29681

http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=30989

http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=33217

Louis James & dazgoby

Malwarebytes has NOT been hijacked to my knowledge.

dazgoby; it sounds as though you are infected and have a fake antivirus/fake antimalware application on board.

Please read the following so that you can begin the cleaning process:

Please read and follow the directions here, skipping any steps you are unable to complete. Then post a NEW topic here.

One of the expert helpers there will give you one-on-one assistance when one becomes available.

Please note that it may take 48 hours or more for you to receive a response in the malware removal forum, as it is often busy at times. Please do not reply to your own post asking for help unless its been more than 48 hours since you originally posted, as this can make it appear as though you are being helped and take longer for you to get help.

If you are unable to do all or any of the steps in the link to the directions above, just post your problem into the forum I gave you a link to anyway and someone will be able to assist you.

Also, when replying, please use the "ADD REPLY" button located at the bottom of the page, as this makes the forum easier to read.

After posting your new post make sure under options that you select Track this topic and choose one of the Email options so that you're alerted when someone has replied to your post.

Thank you :)

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What IObit allegedly did was steal the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware detection database and use it in their own security product to improve their detection rate, not hijack the application itself.

I believe the detection you saw is simply due to a heuristic detection, possibly based on where the file was stored which is why I need to see a scan log so we can figure out what happened and hopefully resolve it for you.

If you wouldn't mind, please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware again from here and install it. Then run a Quick Scan and copy and paste the contents of the log into your next reply so we can find out what is causing this detection. Make sure that the installer is stored in the same folder that you had it in previously when it was detected by the scan.

Thanks :)

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Anyhow I scanned and my computer was clean. I have the free version, does it update on it's own? Has malwarebytes been hijacked???

Should I uninstall and install again? HELP

First, Malwarebytes in general has not been "hijacked" - Scamware people hate us because we do such a good job removing them -

Second, the Free version will not Automatically update - You open the main page (click on the icon) and click Update > Check for Updates > Done -

Third, as your post is a bit long it should have its own thread - It gets hard to actually know your problems as we are posting over each other now -

- If the program works OK , Do not uninstall now -

Thank You - :)

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