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  1. And like that you added yet another reason to hate Microsoft to my growing list. I can't understand why Microsoft would do that. It doesn't seem to benefit them in any way, and it just hurt their customers that much more. But you know what I also I don't understand? Why people code viruses and malware in the first place. According to an interview with an FBI agent that I read, the code for many virus and malware applications can be very complex! They can contain hundreds of lines of code that would take a single person MONTHS to code! I don't understand what they get out of that. Like you said, with ransomware, spyware, and trojans, at least the developer has a chance at making a significant amount of money either by stealing financial information or by stealing personal information and using it to acquire funds in the person's name. With that, at least they get compensated for their work in coding the software. But with viruses and malware, they don't get paid at all. They spend all of their personal time coding an application that damages someone's operating system, and they get nothing in return. It's completely pointless! I just don't understand why malware even exists. It doesn't profit the coder in any way.
  2. Well, you mean Malwarebytes looks for things that are behaving weirdly providing the user has the "signature-less" options selected. If they don't, the Malwarebytes goes back to being signature based just like any other anti-virus software. So it's obvious that Malwarebytes has and maintains a signatures database. With that being said, they could use that for offline scanning.
  3. Other companies, such as Bitdefender, Kaspersky, and Avira scan for the exact same things using their offline scanners. So it should be possible for an offline Malwarebytes scanner to do this. Do you know why Microsoft made changes to their licensing? What's the backstory on this? I'd like to hear more about this. I sure hope so. A Malwarebytes Offline Scanner would be pretty sweet. And another thing, I think it's a little unfair to compare the Malwarebytes of the past to the Malwarebytes of the present. Currently, Malwarebytes is the second largest anti-virus vendor in the entire world (by reason of market share). They have far more money, resources, and engineers/developers than they did in the past. What would have been considered impossible in the past could potentially be within reach here in the present.
  4. Well, that's a bummer right off the bat. So just out of curiosity, how do other companies like Bitdefender, Kaspersky, AVG, and Avira do it? They seem to have no issues creating Linux scanners that have no issues reading and making changes to the registry and filesystem without screwing anything up.
  5. For particularly nasty infections, the go-to cure is typically an offline scanner such as Windows Defender Offline, Bitdefender Rescue CD, or Kaspersky Rescue Disk. In fact, I see those products recommended even here in these forums. However, one thing I'm wondering is why Malwarebytes simply doesn't develop their own offline scanner? Then, people would be able to recommend a Malwarebytes exclusive program instead of constantly advertising for the competition. When it comes to offline scanning, you're literally a walking advertisement for other companies. Most versions of Linux are free and easily bootable from a USB drive or DVD, and you already have an entire signatures database and scanning software. So it I can't imagine it costing your development team too much time or effort to create. Come on guys, you can do it!
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