DarkDaggler started following How Good Programs Go Bad -- the Fall of Malwarebytes
DarkDaggler posted a topic in Malwarebytes 3What does most malware do? It tells you you are in sudden danger when you are not, in order to scare you into buying something. That by itself doesn't mean a program is malware. It takes more. Like the following: (1) When you install Malwarebytes Free, it defaults to the 14 day Premium Trial. (2) When the trial runs out, a warning appears that is intended to scare users into buying the Premium version -- a warning that implies the user is in imminent danger. (3) If users downgrade to the Free version, it gets switched back to Premium (and re-starts the 14 day countdown to the scareware message) EVERY TIME you do a full upgrade. (4) Full upgrades seem to be more and more frequent... Now this last one might be a necessity of battling modern malware. But when you combine all four you get something that looks a lot like a virus. At the very least, it's disappointing. "HOW CAN FREE STUFF BE DISAPPOINTING?" Because we're spoiled by good free stuff. But MBAM also makes $, yeah? (You must -- I've advised many virus-prone clients to pay for MBAM.) And it's good to get paid. Especially if you deserve it because you made a light, fast, effective, safe cleaner and made it available for free. But beware the road that so many have taken. AVG --> Crapware Bloatfest. Avast --> Turdpile Scumbladder. There's more but I'm lazy. Oh yeah -- Norton. Yes I invoke Norton, the Nazis of fake security. Decade after decade, trusting grandpas gently shell out $50-$100 per year for one of the worst AV programs in history, just because, once upon a time, Norton was clever enough pay HP and Dell to infect countless generations of PC's with "Free 90 day trials" which ended with, you guessed it, scary warnings. (Another Norton tactic: they convince journalists that Norton is the go-to authority on malware. They conduct interviews in "war rooms" -- big darkened high-tech workspaces full of busy technicians toiling under giant screens that show the global progression of "the threat". Jesus.) PS - How long till Adwcleaner starts having nag screens about the pro version?