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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware now targeting registry cleaners


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#1 Sintharius

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 03:01 PM

Digital Snake Oil - Malwarebytes Unpacked

We have seen the large number of complaints on forums about these programs. We have seen the deceptive methods they use to sneak onto computers in an effort to extract payment for non-existent errors detected by a program of little or no value.

We have revised our Potentially Unwanted Program stance in the past, and now have revised it again to include Registry Cleaners that exhibit these aggressive traits.

It's about time.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 03:25 PM

Missing from the original post, is this clarification.

There are many software companies all over the world who make registry cleaners. Not all of them are included in our PUP classification.


So before everyone gets all up in arms about the new 'feature', lets take a deep breath and verify which vendors are being targeted.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 03:30 PM

I tend to agree but suspect they may receive some kickback from larger reputable software vendors which offer registry cleaners if they are targeted.

Wise and Auslogics comes to mind. Also jv16 PowerTools, CCleaner & Glary Utilities have been around for years and they incorporate many useful features but all have a registry cleaning function.
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Posted 23 June 2015 - 04:12 PM

There's been two complaints in the False Positives section of Malwarebytes so far about software publisher that have their software targetted as PUP by Malwarebytes because they include Registry Cleaner and put pressure on the user to buy their products. They haven't been solve publicly but from what we can see, they weren't winning either.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 04:35 PM

Malwarebytes has had a dedicated topic specifically for developers who want to dispute detections with their legal team. Arguments in a public forum do not carry much weight.
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Posted 23 June 2015 - 04:38 PM

I know but it they allow to see what kind of programs gets tagged as PUP by Malwarebytes and for what reasons as well. It's really instructive if you ask me.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 04:52 PM

When attorneys get involved...all bets are off the table.
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Posted 23 June 2015 - 06:00 PM

Malwarebytes has had a dedicated topic specifically for developers who want to dispute detections with their legal team. Arguments in a public forum do not carry much weight.

 

Agreed, Arguing the toss in a public space also lessens the decorum surrounding a good product......it has the undesirable effect of 'cheapening' the products reputation.


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