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  1. @PeacheaterUK That last post describes my experience.
  2. I should add that this occurs on the latest Firefox version as well as the chromium browser CCleaner [Avast] browser.
  3. Late on Saturday, Jan 25th, I received Browser Guards blocks on the following sites: https://www.schneier.com https://www.oldergeeks.com Earlier in the day and before Saturday I had had no trouble accessing these sites. "do not block this site in the future" can briefly be checked, the screen refreshes, and the checkmark disappears. "I want to continue.." works for this instance but not for accessing sites again later. Temporary fix: Manually add sites to allow list checking ALL of these options: Ads / Trackers, Malware, Scams, PUPs. Did not want to spend the time to play with various combos. MWBG v2.1.8
  4. Glitter Bomb Trap to Bust Porch Pirates? It’s Back with Awesome Upgrades https://youtu.be/a_TSR_v07m0 Mark Rober creates a non-lethal IED-like device to get revenge on package-stealing porch pirates; see both the device details AND videos of the results. Devilishly ingenious.😂. @10:16 - Watch Rober get his revenge on volunteer who reneged on promise to deploy package and ghosted Rober. It's revenge designed to keep on giving! You don't want to get crosswise with this guy. 😂
  5. I too use Textify. Can confirm just completed MWB scan does NOT identify it as malware when scan yesterday did report it as malware.
  6. A cinematic snowball fight shot on iPhone 11 Pro by David Leitch, who has directed: John Wick, Deadpool 2, and Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw.
  7. @unknownguy I used Secunia PSI and had the same reaction moving from v2 to v3. I have used Patch My PC but found the interface frustrating. In the left pane it lists ALL the applications it covers whether or not they are installed on YOUR computer; updates for your installed software are color coded in red but finding them by scrolling in this long list is a pain. The right pane lists only your installed software, color coded to show new updates. Unfortunately, many listings here only show the CURRENT version number not the new version number forcing you to search through the left pane list. Worse still, on my system completely separate applications were listed on the SAME line -- confusing. Posted on their support forum but received no response; uninstalled Patch My PC. As I originally said I now use SUMo [lite=free version] exclusively to alert me to new updates. Be aware that SUMo apparently relies to some extent on community members to alert the developer at kcsoftwares about new updates. Even though I have EXCLUDED listing BETA versions through the settings menu I still receive some BETA version notices. Occasionally, I also receive notice of an update in SUMo when the software developer's website shows no new release. The paid version offers to automatically update SUMo itself; it also allows users to download new application updates from the kcsoftwares website or from the developer's website. But according to SUMo's user forum the user is sent to the developer's website HOME page and not directly to the DOWNLOAD page. From skimming the forum a few weeks ago it appears this has been a longstanding complaint. There's also an online service called Ninite that promises to 'Install and Update All Your Programs at Once'. Like Patch My PC it covers several hundred applications. Like you I am not interested in bulk or batch installing updates and will stick with SUMo lite despite its imperfections to alert me to new application updates. I can finish the remainder of the update process on my own.
  8. @exile360 Thanks for your detailed reply. I take your point about MWB acquiring experts in software updating applications and using a modular development process. Certainly, the complexity is in the software update module alone rather than the entire MWB product. I assume that one initial development decision is whether to limit the update component to alerting the MWB user of available application updates or to offer installation from within MWB. Another choice is how do you streamline keeping track of new updates [and separating them from beta releases]. At least some of the cost would be for Malwarebytes acquiring experienced personnel; another cost would be in maintaining an accurate and up-to-date listing of available updates. I was aware of your previous role in MWB development and defer to your expertise. Good that you mention it here for those members who were unaware of your previous role with MWB. I noted your personal opinion that software updating should not be part of MWB. So, I took your reply as a way to clarify the MWB modular development process and to reassure members about any future additional enhancements to MWB. Thanks again for the detailed explanation. C
  9. I strongly oppose integrating a software update checker into MWB. MWB should remain focused on its core mission of malware detection, prevention and removal. Adding an update checker creates unnecessary complexity, added cost, and slows development. Moreover, with this addition MWB moves toward becoming bloatware. BTW, I feel the same way about integrating AdwCleaner and Windows Firewall Control into MWB; create links in MWB to the other two but keep them as separate programs. I do not understand the need for automatic update checking. I use Software Update Monitor [SUMo, lite=free version]. Daily, at Windows startup I click on SUMo to check for new application updates. No big deal; it's become a habit. I use SUMo only to alert me to possible updates; I don't need or want any update checker to take over the process of actually updating the software. Even the best checking software makes mistakes. Some application have unique requirements as part of their update process. Sometimes new updates create more problems than they solve. Recently, one application update resulted in a registry corruption that caused the software to not open; luckily the developer quickly issued a hotfix update. Another developer switched to a subscription model via a .x update resulting in problems for older installations and clamor for clarification from existing users. In a few other cases the update was not appropriate for my version of Windows. Moral = It's best to check out each update on the developer's website to determine how it might affect my installation before applying the update. This still requires human judgment not artificial intelligence. C
  10. Well said. MWB is a security application not a productivity application. As such it needs to do its job in the background and not become a distraction. When the user needs to interact with it, MWB's screens or popups should communicate clearly the reason for the alert and the actions [options] available or the current status of any activity and database update status. In v3.x the use of recognizable color-coding [green, orange, red] and recognizable graphic elements [ checkmark, exclamation mark, and stop sign] quickly signaled current status information even before the user read the accompanying written information. MWB isn't [ and shouldn't be ] my main working focus. When necessary to interact with it I want it's interface to be easy to decipher. I do not want or need graphics or animations that do not add any additional useful information. I do not want to spend unnecessary time searching for settings or repeatedly reading docs to determine how to work with quarantined items or add exclusions. Thanks to the MWB team for listening to our feedback.
  11. @Suitiepie I like it. Great first start. Under System Status: Last Update - consider adding system time of last update. Helpful for those users who reported false positive and have been advised it will be white listed in next update.
  12. @Gt-truth FYI, Are you familiar with https://www.askwoody.com/ ? If not: It now incorporates the old Windows Secrets [Brian Livingston] site and newsletter. ♦️Suggest you read the FAQ for overview of site and then use the Search The Lounge to look for " Controlling When Windows 10 Updates " or " how do i block the 1903 feature update from installing ".♦️ Hope this helps Carson Disclaimer: I am a paid subscriber but otherwise not connected with the AskWoody site operation.
  13. Regarding displaying Last Scan and Last [Signature] update/download: While sympathetic to users' wish to display this information on the Dashboard/Main Screen exile360 reasonably asks us to make a case [to MWB developers] for including this information. Although I was aware that MWB always checks for updates before any scan and also regularly [default = every 60 minutes] I still asked that they be included on the Dashboard. Now I'll try to make the case why. In a way the MWB Dashboard is similar to the dashboard in your automobile. If well-designed it provides important information about the current status of the application [or automobile] and it does so with a minimum of confusion and/or clutter. I'll use elements of the version 3.x [Premium] Dashboard to illustrate this point and lead directly to making a case for last scan and last update inclusion. Parenthetically, I need to add [for the version 4.x UI enthusiasts] that I am not subtly arguing for retaining the version 3.x UI, just using the more widely known 3.x UI elements to make my point. Opening MWB to the Dashboard your attention is first drawn by its central position and relative size to the [hopefully!] encircled green check-mark. Even if the accompanying text were in Klingon most users would know by the color and the check-mark symbol that 'Everything's OK'. You are free to move on to the real reason for firing up your computer, developing that great spreadsheet or composing an email to Aunt Mary. Remember, most people use MWB as a security tool to set and forget until needed and not as their primary computing focus. Just as most of the time people use an automobile as a means of transportation for more important goals, such as getting to work or a doctor's appointment. They're not interested in spending ten to twenty minutes viewing various dashboard displays. In the same vein the four green 'on' symbols for the Real Time Protection elements tell you they're up and running. No red dot on the upper right corner Notification symbol says 'move on, nothing new here to see'. To reiterate these display elements quickly and clearly provide current information about the overall operating status of MWB and MWB functions/processes. They convey everything is OK or that the user needs to address certain problems.These current status reports are important enough to display on the Dashboard/Home screen rather than tuck away on other tabs or bury in Settings tabs. The case for including Last Scan and Last Update here is that they also provide important enough information that completes the Dashboard screen's purpose of displaying current status information. I agree with exile360's suggestion that the Last Scan include scan type, date and time. In addition to [Premium's] Real Time Protection, various scans are another extremely important MWB operation. Listing last scan information here allows the user to quickly verify whether their scheduled scans are executing properly and whether they have remembered to run their manual scans as planned. Again, taking a cue from exile360 I think Last Update should list the date and time of the last successful signature download/update not the last attempt to download. The value of listing date/time information is that it gives the user a specific reference point in time. The user can quickly verify that their update settings and the update process itself are working properly. It also will give some users a specific reference point when reading in a forum that item X has been white-listed in the most recent update. Might save some aggravation and unnecessary forum posts. Including an option to manually check for updates would continue the options from v3.x dashboard and tray icon right click. It would allow users to insure they have latest updates before, for example, filing a false positive issue that has already been remedied in the latest update. It would also give users a chance to include the date/time of their MWB last update [if relevant] when posting about certain issues on the forum. In summary, Last Scan and Last Update provide information about important functions of MWB and should be included on the Dashboard.
  14. Add my vote for 'check for updates' appearing on home screen along with date/time of last scan.
  15. First Look at Malwarebytes 4 by Martin Brinkmann on August 28, 2019 https://www.ghacks.net/2019/08/28/first-look-at-malwarebytes-4/ Here I reproduce only his summary: "Closing Words The new interface looks a lot cleaner than the old but that comes at the expense of some information that is no longer displayed on the dashboard. The Malwarebytes 3.x dashboard listed information about previous scans and updates, the new dashboard does not display the information anymore. Another change is that you cannot jump to reports right away anymore. You need to click on scanner and then on reports to access the data. Some of Malwarebytes recent acquisitions, Windows Firewall Control maker Binisoft in particular, are not integrated in the client. The three Malwarebytes processes MBAMService.exe, mbamtray.exe and mbam.exe use still quite a bit of RAM but the situation has improved since the release of the first Malwarebytes 3.x version which used a lot of it." I would encourage readers to view the entire article as Martin has many observations about changes from v3.x and the new interface design that are not captured in the Closing Words.
  16. Malwarebytes Browser Guard for Firefox and Chrome leaves Beta by Martin Brinkmann on September 02, 2019 https://www.ghacks.net/2019/09/02/malwarebytes-browser-guard-for-firefox-and-chrome-leaves-beta/ Read the entire article for context. Here I reproduce his summary: "Closing Words Malwarebytes Browser Guard is a protective browser extension that blocks certain types of outright malicious content and content that may be unwanted. I did not run into any issues using the extension and the ad-blocking part worked fairly well during initial tests. One of the issues here is that the extension offers no controls other than toggling a protection entirely for a site or globally, another that the extension does not provide a whole lot of information. It is also unclear why the extension needs the " Communicate with cooperating websites" permission and what the cooperation with msn.com entails. The extension has a larger memory footprint than uBlock Origin; it was about 50% larger during tests. Malwarebytes users who trust company products already may be the most suitable candidates for installation of the browser extension. The extensions extend the functionality of Malwarebytes offerings."
  17. +1 f14tomcat. Excellent point. Specifically, it's the "weight" = The relative darkness of the characters in the various typefaces within a type family. Weight is indicated by relative terms such as thin, light, bold, extra-bold, and black.[from Adobe Type glossary] And also a typeface optimized for UI. See for example: Segoe UI is a member of the Segoe family used in Microsoft products for user interface text, as well as for some online user assistance material, intended to improve the consistency in how users see all text across all languages. It is distinguishable from its predecessor Tahoma and the OS X user interface font Lucida Grande by its rounder letters. Segoe UI was produced by Monotype Imaging. Segoe UI is optimized for Vista's default ClearType rendering environment, and it is significantly less legible when ClearType is disabled, except at key user interface sizes (8, 9 and 10 point) where Segoe UI has been hinted for bi-level rendering. The standard font size increased to 9 point in Windows Vista to accommodate for better layout and readability for all languages. From Wikipedia, emphasis added. I'm not suggesting using Segoe UI specifically, only as an example of a typeface optimized for UI.
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