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MWB Anti-Exploit and Defender did not protect me....


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#1 robby501

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 08:37 AM

....Against the Local Moxie browser hijacker/re-direct yesterday. Not sure how my device contracted this malware, possibly through using a well-known tv streaming service 24 hours prior. Other than that, I have been practising safe surfing habits as far as I know and have not opened any spam emails/attachments. Numerous pop-ups ensued, including porno webcams and scareware/ransomware from a fake tech support outfit which locked my device briefly.

 

What I thought was unusual is that subsequent scans with Zemana, MWB AntiMalware and HitmanPro did not detect the infection once acquired, even after trying to terminate the activities of the malware process itself by using Rkill prior to scanning (which detected nothing suspicious anyway).

 

Dealt with the problem in the end by resetting my notebook, managing to save my files although losing many useful programs.

 

So yeah.....just reporting this issue to those who might be interested. Especially disappointed with MWB Anti-Exploit in not being able to prevent the infection. 

 

That is all.


Edited by robby501, 23 April 2017 - 05:52 AM.

Im a rookie and purely recreational pc user. Im utterly obsessed with security (even though I consider myself a safe and law-abiding internet user!) and run a combo of the following freeware security suites.....

Windows Defender/firewall

Regular scans with Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, JRT, HitmanPro

 

 

 


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 07:08 PM

You would know as well as anyone here robby that nothing is 100% perfect mate (I was goign to say peeeeerfect because of the cat!).

 

I would ration a thought that you would have been infected by java script and or a iframe mate.



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 05:52 PM

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is primarily for protection against software exploitation... it does not protect against social engineering, the human exploit often resulting from fraud, trickery, spam and phishing emails.
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Posted 25 April 2017 - 04:13 AM

Ok gentlemen, thanks for the info....

But scans by Zemana, HitmanPro, MWB all reporting my pc was clean at the time of the infection? 

Local Moxie appeared to be a highly virulent and aggressive piece of malware/scareware/adware....must have surely been detectable to at least one of the scanners I used? But I can report with 100% certainty that it wasn't. Just thought the point was worth raising.

 

Again, thank you for your input.


Edited by robby501, 25 April 2017 - 06:00 AM.

Im a rookie and purely recreational pc user. Im utterly obsessed with security (even though I consider myself a safe and law-abiding internet user!) and run a combo of the following freeware security suites.....

Windows Defender/firewall

Regular scans with Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, JRT, HitmanPro

 

 

 


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 08:46 AM

Local Moxie is also known to be bundled with other free software downloaded from the Internet. Security scanners do not always detect bundling.
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Posted 26 April 2017 - 01:28 AM

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is primarily for protection against software exploitation... it does not protect against social engineering, the human exploit often resulting from fraud, trickery, spam and phishing emails.

 

Ahh.. but therein lays the problem in the way Malwarebytes are now marketing their product.

 

They claim ( see this link ) that Malwarebytes Premium makes antivirus' obsolete.

 

An absolutely ludicrous claim in my opinion, which will do nothing in the long term apart from harm the excellent reputation they've built up for themselves over the years.

 

Due to its ability to run alongside other Security products with Real Time Protection enabled, Malwarebytes has always been (and continues to be) an excellent addition to any computer protection regime, but now they're claiming you don't even need an antivirus if you run Malwarebytes Premium.

 

Now that's just a ridiculous statement to make that I predict will do them far more harm than good in the long run. It might drum up a few more sales in the short term, but in the long run, it's almost certainly going to cost them - and big.

 

I hope they re-think their marketing strategy .. remove such claims  .. and do it fast!

 

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 05:33 AM

...They claim ( see this link ) that Malwarebytes Premium makes antivirus' obsolete.
 
An absolutely ludicrous claim in my opinion, which will do nothing in the long term apart from harm the excellent reputation they've built up for themselves over the years....

As I noted in response to your reply in another topic...read this explanation by David H. Lipman, a trusted Security Colleague and Malware Researcher/Analyst.
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