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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

Smokey’s Security & Anti-Malware Software Updates Survey Forum Entirely Revamped

I’m pleased to announce that the Security & Anti-Malware Software Updates Survey Forum on Smokey’s Security Forums is entirely revamped. As you know, a safe surfing experience will only be possible when all (security)software on your box will be up-to-date, the Smokey’s Security & Anti-Malware Software Updates Survey Forum provides you with the possibility to stay current and to avoid outdated software.

The forum is rebuild from the scratch, all Security/Anti-Malware software is sorted now into alphabetical order and up-to-date. Additional features are sorting software by Category/Tag and to stay current by way of subscribing to the Security & Anti-Malware Update Topics.

The revamped Software Updates Survey Forum is entirely designed by Smokey’s new Team Leader of that forum: Creer. He invested lots of time in the design, I’m grateful for all his hard design work and continuous efforts to keep the forum up-to-date.

Like before, in case you need (of course free!) malware removal help please don’t hesitate to visit our Malware Analysis & Removal Help and Support Forum, fully trained/graduated/qualified malware removal staff will be pleased to clean your box/removing malware.

February 12, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bug in NIS 2009: “user names and passwords AutoComplete” always enabled in IE7

Alert: bug in Norton Internet Security 2009 reported by the Norton Community: “user names and passwords AutoComplete” always enabled in IE7.

Fix: change “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FormSuggest Passwords” to “no” and change the permission to read-only in regedit.

Advice: before editing the registry, make a backup of it.

Source/more: Norton Community.com

January 2, 2009 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Friends, Norton Internet Security, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bogus Grand Theft Auto IV Contains Trojan

Hundreds of Grand Theft Auto IV fans eager to get their hands on a free copy of the game have been targeted by a Trojan virus, according to DriveSentry.

Hackers planted the virus in bogus game files, which are being illegally downloaded from P2P networks by those keen to experience the game without purchasing it.

John Safa, chief technical officer of DriveSentry, said: “People are exploiting the popularity of GTA IV in a way which could bring mayhem to the internet.”

“Hackers are increasingly sophisticated in the way they disrupt the web. They will piggyback on anything popular to wreak havoc. The only thing that many gamers can think of at the moment is GTA IV and hackers are using that interest to try to generate chaos as quickly as they can,” he added.

Former hacker Safa highlighted that within two minutes of logging on to P2P network Limewire he found evidence of Trojan viruses disguised as GTA IV files.

“Such computer viruses have the potential to wipe out or steal sensitive information such as a user’s bank details or wipe out important files. Some of these links were offering free downloads for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV even though it is not available yet.”

“I would urge anybody to tread very carefully around these links, as some links are designed to look official — or even better invest in a good anti-virus package that is capable of protection from the latest threats for their computer.”

Source: PCWorld

May 24, 2008 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Downloads, Friends, Malware, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment