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By Martin Brinkmann on February 4, 2016 in Security - Last Update: February 4, 2016


A recently disclosed vulnerability in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (free, premium and enterprise) allows attackers to run man in the middle attacks against systems running the software.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a popular second-opinion scanner, and the premium and enterprise editions of the program add real-time protection among other things to it which bring it more in line with traditional antivirus solutions.

The program is held in high regard by many for its malware detection and cleaning capabilities.

Google researcher Tavis Ormandy alerted Malwarebytes in early November 2015 to several security vulnerabilities that he found in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

Users who run the premium or enterprise version of the application can protect it by enabling the built-in self-protect module:

1. Right-click on the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware icon in the system tray and select the open option from it.
2. Switch to Settings > Advanced Settings.
3. Check "Enable self-protection module" if it is not enabled already.


Google's Project Zero initiative revealed vulnerabilities in products by security companies such as AVG, Kaspersky, Sophos and TrendMicro in the past.



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Thank you very much! I just enabled the "Enable self-protection module".

I will do that on my laptops, too. I have the premium version.

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You are welcome, Susa.

I have the free version.

I'm not entirely happy about Malwarebytes because of the unneeded deletions it made but I still have it and I will set the self protection module soon.





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I have decided to uninstall free Malwarebytes because the self protection is offered to premium pay for users only.

I don't need another AV/malware scanner that's vulnerable to attack.

I know that Avast AV is vulnerable too even their pay for sandbox is unsafe also.



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I love Malwarebytes and you can choose what it deletes.

I have never had Malwarebytes delete one thing that harmed my machine. With the paid version, it blocks things from even getting on your computer. Of course, nothing catches everything. I am sticking with Malwarebytes and Malwarebytes Anti-exploit, which is free. I am sticking Avast, too, but it annoys me. I rarely ever do a scan because the just want you to buy the pay version and in order for it not to be annoying you have to pick your scan carefully, rather than doing their Smart Scan. I have thought about switching from them because of that. Maybe someday I will, but I don't want to fiddle with it right now.

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But in my experience with Malwarebytes it gave no description of what they recommended to be deleted, they only showed a 20 number string of code numbers. Eventually my computer did recover from the deletions.



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Unfortunately hubby has Norton set up to auto [sign in to see URL] I'm stuck with that.
But I have SpyBot search and [sign in to see URL] I have the Malwarebytes FREE version.
I may uninstall [sign in to see URL] because Hubby will not want to pay for another thing.. emoticon

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I have not heard good things about Norton. I think Malwarebytes, even the free version, gets more things than Norton. They will soon fix that security issue. They are a good company.

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I HATE [sign in to see URL] have. It came free one year with this laptop and with hubby's work laptop. So he just set it up to auto renew.
I prefer the paid AVG version best of all of them. I told him last year that I wanted to switch over to AVG when it came time to [sign in to see URL] he never changed it. AND so now it won't be done till [sign in to see URL] he's NOT one to waste money. emoticon
[sign in to see URL] supposedly WENT in and stopped the auto renewal for Norton. emoticon

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I am glad that he stopped the auto renewal for Norton!

I need to search out the paid version of AVG. However, I have paid Malwarebytes and don't want too many paid things. I will still search it out.

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