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  1. Yes, and once it finishes reinstalling, try activating with your license key again to see if it works this time and let us know how it goes. Thanks
  2. Wow, that's awesome I wish all banks provided such protection for their customers.
  3. I've been on a sort of video games/AI/VR kick lately and I decided it was time I owned the classic Tron: https://smile.amazon.com/Tron-Plus-Bonus-Content-Bridges/dp/B078WDK645/
  4. By the way, if you wish to modify how Malwarebytes handles PUPs you may configure it via the options described in this support article.
  5. Of course you can disable it, however bundleware and built in web browsing data tracking and advertising are all individually reason enough to classify an item as PUP.
  6. With the next gen consoles ramping up to their ship dates later this year, and the recent resurgence of VR and its sudden emergence in the consumer space on the largest scale that it has ever been (though it still seems like a niche at this point), I am convinced the new consoles will bring with them a massive shift towards making VR a mainstream platform, especially with the likes of Valve simultaneously pushing VR on the PC side of things. The following videos cover the history of VR as well as indepth reviews of Valve's recently released and much anticipated Half-Life sequel, the VR title known as Half-Life: Alyx which they are likely hoping will do for VR what past Half-Life titles did for PC graphics and gaming in the past, and while I am certain they will expand the market for VR, I do not believe it will be the absolute home run that their previous titles (as well as many of the games built on the same engines used by them) were, however I believe both Microsoft and Sony, and eventually Nintendo too, will be pushing VR for their new consoles and that it will be VR, not real-time ray-tracing, that will define the upcoming console generation and will be what it is remembered for, even more so than the massive increase in storage throughput that Sony and several tech analysts have been praising as the big innovation that will have the most impact on the upcoming generation.
  7. Greetings, If you open Malwarebytes and follow the instructions in the article linked by Porthos above, including following the directions in step 4. in particular, that will allow you to enter your ID and Key. I have quoted the step below for reference:
  8. Love that movie, Joe Pesci was great in that one
  9. I'm sorry, but I have to strongly disagree. If the information found on Wikipedia regarding the bundling of the likes of Ask.com is accurate then I would definitely classify it as adware (as well as PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program)):
  10. Of course you have the right to your own opinion, however I must strongly disagree on this point. No commercial antivirus or anti-malware vendors make their products open source, though Malwarebytes always has provided threat detection and removal for free, and of course Malwarebytes Browser Guard is being offered for free as well. Whether or not you choose to use any or none of the provided solutions is up to you, however I would be curious as to what, if any security software (AV, firewall etc., if any) you are running which is open source, because I am not aware of too many other than Clamwin/ClamAV and a handful of others based on the same source. Additionally, Malwarebytes Browser guard displays block information in its menu/icon and also displays a redirect page when blocking a connection to a website that is blocked by its rules and you are able to add any sites you choose to its allow list (the same goes for the Web Protection function in Malwarebytes), so if anything is blocked which you do not want to be, you can easily allow/exclude it so you still have full control over what it does and does not block. Malwarebytes Browser Guard also includes settings for each individual category of detection type so that you may modify its behavior in any number of ways to control what types of content it will and will not block. I would also mention that while I have long been an advocate and user of large HOSTS files as an additional layer of defense (my last HOSTS file had nearly 1 million entries in it; the result of compiling numerous public HOSTS files and block lists along with many additions of my own), I no longer use one as I have found that not only are they not updated nearly as frequently as is required to stay on top of the latest threats, ads or any other such content which changes over time (especially now with the bad guys swapping domains rapidly and even using semi-randomly named variants to evade such block lists; something the behavior based blocking capabilities which are only possible within the browser itself via an extension and have been developed as components of Malwarebytes Browser Guard can overcome), but also that Windows 10 does not allow easily disabling the DNS Client service which means the system and connection may be brought to a crawl if a large enough HOSTS file is used. Of course if the HOSTS file you are using isn't too large then it shouldn't make too much difference keeping the service enabled; I just know that I've always had to disable it on my own systems due to the enormous size of the HOSTS file I was using.
  11. Greetings, Unfortunately the HOSTS files and databases at hosts-file.net are no longer being maintained, however Malwarebytes does make available the free Malwarebytes Browser Guard for Chromium based browsers (for example Chrome, the new MS Edge Chromium, SRWare Iron, Opera etc.) as well as Mozilla Firefox. It blocks ads, trackers, scams, malware and many other online threats. If you are a user of Malwarebytes Premium then you also benefit from the Web Protection function which blocks malicious sites and servers for the entire system and it also works with Malwarebytes Browser Guard. You may also find the information in this topic to be beneficial if you seek tools and information on keeping your system free of malware. I hope this helps and if there is anything else we might assist you with please let us know. Thanks
  12. It seems some developers never learn, as video game producer Riot Games implements a kernel level driver in their upcoming title Valorant that runs on system boot to attempt to protect their games from cheaters. Similar to the rootkit Sony once installed on customers' PCs to copy protect their audio CDs (references about that may be found here, here and here), this driver will run from Ring 0 which is the most privileged, lowest level a driver or application can run from, giving it much more access to the operating system itself as well as all the applications that run on it, which in turn could present an attack surface for exploits should any vulnerabilities be discovered in the code being used for the driver. That potential for risk is one of the primary reasons Microsoft (as well as Apple, Google and everyone else that publishes operating systems) have been pushing developers to have their applications run strictly in user mode, the least privileged level of access for applications in memory, whenever possible and also why users are encouraged to use limited user accounts (which Microsoft have taken upon themselves to rename to 'standard user accounts', likely in an effort to influence more users to configure their user accounts this way) to help mitigate risk and why technologies like User Account Control were developed in order to isolate and protect access to certain levels of permissions to make infection by malware more difficult for the bad guys. At this point I am unaware of any known vulnerabilities in the driver being used by Riot Games, however given the choice, I likely won't be purchasing any of their titles which include such drivers as I prize my system's stability and security over such amusements. You can read Ars Technica's article on the subject here.
  13. exile360


    Unfortunately, these days there are so many scams and so much junk/spam, you really can't trust any sort of marketing/advertising or much of what you see/read online. I highly recommend the Malwarebytes Labs blog if you want to learn more about many of the common scams and threats on the web. It's a great resource for getting educated on the many threats out there and provides guidance on how to deal with them as well as how to avoid them. Of course you may always ask us here on the forums if you have questions and need help. We're always happy to help out.
  14. Greetings, If you would like to seek assistance with this issue, please do the following: Download and run the Malwarebytes Support ToolAccept the EULA and click Advanced tab on the left (not Start Repair)Click the Gather Logs button, and once it completes, attach the zip file it creates on your desktop to your next reply Thanks
  15. Very true. If you're a gamer, if you're playing any demanding modern titles I would definitely recommend going with at least 16GB or even 32GB (I'm running the latter) as games are very RAM hungry these days. Of course if you aren't playing anything intensive then it doesn't matter (I play a lot of Bejeweled myself, though I do run more demanding games on occasion). As for what Malwarebytes uses; I'd advise watching the RAM usage of your web browser to get an idea of how many programmers approach memory usage these days, optimizing for performance rather than focusing as much on a lightweight footprint (within reason of course; not every customer will have 32GB+ of RAM after all). The advantage is that processes/connections and other content get checked much more quickly, resulting in faster performance and better overall system responsiveness when performing tasks because you aren't having to wait on Malwarebytes to load up its databases to check if a new object/connection is malicious or not (I believe the bulk of the RAM is used for storing databases in memory, which explains the high and variable RAM usage and high performance compared to many of the AV/AM products which elect to keep a light footprint in memory (though some hide their RAM use through drivers, concealing their real RAM usage from common tools like Task Manager) but create more delays when performing tasks due to needing to load/check databases). I once thought that using too much RAM was bad and that it would make my computer slow if applications consumed too much (even though I still had plenty of unused/free RAM at the time) until I did some research and learned more about what RAM is, what it's used for and how it works. The following articles should prove helpful for anyone who is curious about the subject: https://www.howtogeek.com/128130/htg-explains-why-its-good-that-your-computers-ram-is-full/ https://linux-mm.org/Low_On_Memory
  16. Yes, it's an issue with NVIDIA GPU's I believe, as I too experienced this issue early after hardware acceleration was integrated and all my my rigs use NVIDIA GPU's. I guess their QA guys are using AMD GPU's, Intel IGPU's or they're testing in VM's, though looking at NVIDIA's sales numbers every year and their wide adoption in the OEM space, not to mention just checking the Steam hardware survey numbers, I would think testing with what is likely to be the same graphics chip/driver most of your customers are likely using (and if they're pulling telemetry they should already know) when implementing such a feature would be a priority. Of course I too am using MXM/mobile GPU's so it is also possible that it does not occur on desktop standard PCIe models (which is what they may be using in their test rigs if it does only impact the mobile chipsets).
  17. Excellent, I'm glad it's working now, thanks for letting us know.
  18. Greetings, Please try disabling your VPN to see if that helps. It may be blocking Malwarebytes' licensing servers for some reason. Please let us know how it goes. Thanks
  19. Ah, I see, good deal, I just wanted to make sure you have the best protection possible. Anyway, did reinstalling Malwarebytes fix the problem, or is it still interfering with your internet connection? If it is, try disabling Web Protection by right-clicking the Malwarebytes tray icon and unchecking the option for it to see if that fixes it rather than manually terminating the service (killing the service like that could cause system instability or even a system crash). If you have to quit Malwarebytes completely, right-click the Malwarebytes tray icon and select the option to quit and that will remove it from memory completely.
  20. You would be far better off if you upgraded to Windows 10, or at least Windows 7 as either would be far more secure than any version of XP. There is only so much that anti-malware and antivirus software can do; once an operating system and the other software you use gets too far out of date with many vulnerabilities that will never be patched securing the system from threats becomes nearly impossible.
  21. Greetings, Since you are using XP you will need to make certain you are running the latest version available for the older operating system. The latest supported version for XP and Vista can be found in this post. With that said, Malwarebytes should not be interfering with your internet so I would recommend uninstalling Malwarebytes, then restarting your system, then downloading and installing the last version for XP from the link above to see if that resolves the issue. If it does not then please do the following so that we may try to determine the cause of the issue: Download and run the Malwarebytes Support ToolAccept the EULA and click Advanced tab on the left (not Start Repair)Click the Gather Logs button, and once it completes, attach the zip file it creates on your desktop to your next reply Please let us know how it goes. Thanks
  22. exile360


    I checked it, yep, it's a game mod. It also gets detected as a cheat engine by Defender. I guess they don't take too kindly to executables that patch other processes in memory these days given the prevalence of exploits (of course if game developers would include a standard set of cheats in their games for single player mode then such 'hacks' would not be necessary). Anyway, I see why it is detected now, thanks
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