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[NEWS] Malwarebytes Acquires Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)

Exciting news, the Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) acquisition by Malwarebytes will make the outstanding malware removal tool Malwarebytes Anti-Malware MBAM (detects and removes e.g. worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and more)  stronger and better.

MBAM Press Announcement:

SAN JOSE, CA – June 22, 2015 – Malwarebytes, the company founded to protect people and businesses from sophisticated malware attacks, today announced the acquisition of Junkware Removal Tool, a security program that searches for and removes potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) such as adware, spyware, and toolbars. The acquisition will integrate its definitions and tactics into the Malwarebytes product line.

Junkware Removal Tool owner and developer, Filipos Mouliatis, will also be joining Malwarebytes Labs out of Houston, Texas. “Malwarebytes is a highly respected anti-malware and anti-exploit company that I’ve known of for years, so I was excited to hear about the possibility of working together,” said Mouliatis. “I look forward to helping further develop software that will destroy potentially unwanted programs such as adware and spyware.”

“Let’s face it, PUPs are a growing problem, and the Junkware Removal Tool is a fantastic addition to strengthen our ability to address them,” said Malwarebytes founder and CEO Marcin Kleczynski. “We’re proud to be integrating this technology. Not only that, Filipos’ creativity and ingenuity are great additions to the Malwarebytes team. With this move and others to come, we’re doubling down on expanding our PUP protections, and our customers will see the benefits very soon.”

Junkware Removal Tool is a popular download on sites such as CNET, MajorGeeks, and BleepingComputer.com. The security utility consistently ranks in the top 10 downloaded Windows apps on all three sites, and has had more than 4 million downloads on BleepingComputer.com alone.

“At BleepingComputer.com, we’ve found that adware and PUPs have increasingly become one of the largest sources of problems for our visitors,” said Lawrence Abrams, owner of BleepingComputer.com. “With Malwarebytes and Junkware Removal Tool being two of the most popular downloads, it’s going to be exciting to see how these two programs will join forces to further protect our visitors against adware and PUPs.”

Malwarebytes has already taken an aggressive stance on targeting and removing PUPs, adware, spyware, and grayware. Acquiring Junkware Removal Tool reinforces its commitment to fighting not only harmful and deceptive PUPs, but also annoying and misleading ones.

The integration of Junkware Removal Tool within Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will take place over the next few months. The stand-alone JRT program will remain intact for those who wish to use it.

Announcement source: Malwarebytes Press Center

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) homepage: here

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June 22, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Important Newsflash: Malware is evolving, HijackThis not – OTListIt2 Log/Report Tool as replacement

Malware is evolving at a very fast rate, sadly HijackThis isn’t evolving so quickly. To be frankly, in the opinion of my Malware Hunting Team on my board Smokey’s Security Forums, HijackThis is past. So, time for a quick/necessary change.

We needed and found a sophisticated log/report tool to replace HijackThis, aimed at today’s demands AND futured ones. A tool that can coop with fast evolving malware: ‘OTListIt2’. This tool will serve our members looking for malware removal help in an optimal way, and it will accomplish at the same our high board demands and standards.

Smokey’s Security Forums is always looking for new development and improvement. OTListIt2 is just one of them.

More info: http://www.smokey-services.eu/forums/index.php/topic,27494.0.html

Smokey’s HijackThis & OTListIt2 Log Analysis and Malware Hunting, Removal & Cleaning Forum:

– English language: OTL (formerly OTListIt2) Log Analysis – Malware, Adware and Popup Removal & System Cleaning
– German -Deutscher Sprache: Hilfe bei Problemen mit Viren, Trojanern, Würmern, Spyware, Adware, Ransomware, Popups und sonstigen Schädlingen

Regards,

Smokey

On behalf of Starbuck, HJT/OTListIt2 Team Leader Smokey’s Security Forums

Update 2010-14-03: Guests allowed to post on Smokey’s for Log Analysis and Malware Removal help

April 18, 2009 Posted by | Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, News, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

OpenDNS Unveils Major Upgrades to Statistics System, Provides Botnet Protection Service and Actionable Network Insight

Leading DNS infrastructure and security provider OpenDNS announces new account statistics functionality, giving network administrators even more insight into network activity, and a new OpenDNS Botnet Protection feature, which will be used e.g. to fight the Conficker virus. OpenDNS services are for free.

Feb 9, 2009 — San Francisco, CA — OpenDNS, provider of the award-winning service that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced a series of new functionalities for its robust network statistics system. OpenDNS network statistics are rich with data that provides network administrators insight into what is happening on their network, from traffic patterns to malware, coupled with tools to take action.

The enhancements to the OpenDNS statistics system include the addition of the much-anticipated Top Domains feature, which allows network administrators the ability to monitor all domains visited from within their network. Further, Top Domains is now integrated with the OpenDNS Web content filtering system, and provides the ability to manage blocking preferences directly from the Top Domains list. This new integration empowers network administrators to spot trends before they become problems and immediately take action, blocking Web sites or categories of Web sites appearing in their network statistics they deem inappropriate.

Also announced today is the new OpenDNS Botnet Protection feature, and its timely use to fight the Conficker virus. Conficker, also known as Downadup, uses a set of seemingly random domain names as a meeting place for the virus to exchange data with its author, such as how many new machines each host has brought into the botnet, or details on any code upgrades or attacks the owner wants to take place. These domain names are generated using an algorithm so they change every day, making traditional methods like revoking domain registrations used by botnet authors ineffective. OpenDNS and leading anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab have teamed to identify whether the virus has penetrated an OpenDNS users’ network, and stop resolving the domain names the virus is using. This effort effectively prevents the virus from causing damage, and the new OpenDNS stats system immediately alerts the network administrator.

“The OpenDNS stats system and its recent enhancements provide invaluable tools to those tasked with operating a network and spotting trends before they become problematic,” said OpenDNS Founder and CTO David Ulevitch. “To be able to see that a certain Web site – which consumes a disproportionate amount of bandwidth – is among the most visited, or that Conficker has managed to penetrate the network, is extremely helpful to any network administrator.”

About OpenDNS

OpenDNS is the leading provider of free security and infrastructure services that make the Internet safer through integrated Web content filtering, anti-phishing and DNS. OpenDNS services enable consumers and network administrators to secure their networks from online threats, reduce costs and enforce Internet-use policies. OpenDNS is used today by millions of users and organizations around the world. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: www.opendns.com.

February 15, 2009 Posted by | Advisories, Anti-Virus, Downloads, Friends, Recommended External Security Related Links, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Will Kaspersky Lab be acquired by Microsoft Corp.?

The normally very well-informed anti-malware branch insider Bill Guttman told me past week he had (not confirmed) information that Microsoft Corp. would be interested in acquirement of the Russian security software vendor Kaspersky Lab.

It is no secret that Microsoft H.Q. isn’t happy with the negative resonance of the Windows user on products like e.g. Windows OneCare and Windows Defender, and that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is determined to go new directions with the Windows Vista successor Windows 7.

Like Vista, security is a main issue in Windows 7 development and it is the intention of Microsoft to revamp the Security Center in Windows 7 thorough. Part of the plans is to rebuild it on modular base with the components antivirus, HIPS, antispyware and firewall. It seem to be the intention too that development of the new Windows 7 Security Center will be performed by Kaspersky Lab for reason of it’s know-how and excellent security products.

Amount that will be paid for the (possible) Kaspersky Lab acquirement is not known but seem to be considerable. Not known too is what will happen with the antivirus products running with a Kaspersky engine if Microsoft succeed with it’s efforts to acquire Kaspersky Lab.

Of course i have tried to become confirmation about what Bill Guttman told me, but (as expected) both involved companies reacted with the usual: “no comment”.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Friends, Malware, News, Recommended External Security Related Links, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Important news about Neoava Guard HIPS development

The future of Neoava Guard HIPS is up to you: Arman Nayyeri, NG HIPS Developer, is waiting on your opinions, comments and suggestions to decide about the future of NG. It is possible to do such via this link.

March 15, 2008 Posted by | Downloads, Friends, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , | Leave a comment