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In future Malwarebytes program update it would be nice to specifically disable notification when having Malicious Website Protection disabled per user choice. I know I have that particular protection disabled and I don't need to be notified of it when I boot up the PC or even when I open the main dashboard window.

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I agree. The same goes for "Real-time protection", there's a reason I disable them when I do. If you give a user the option to disable something manually it should maybe have a prompt (once), after that he's on his own, don't nag the rest of us to death, or treat your users like clueless sheep a la Microsoft.

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While you cannot specifically disable this notification currently, we do plan to provide more granular control over specific notifications in a future release so that you can.

As for the Dashboard, it is unlikely that we will change this behavior as I have never seen any security product which allowed the user to disable any core component of protection without continuing to indicate that there was a problem. For example, if I turn off the web filter or virus protection in my antivirus, its UI and tray continue to display warning indicators for as long as either of those components is turned off. This is for several reasons, not the least of which is that a user might disable one component temporarily and then forget that they turned it off and continue to use their PC believing that they are fully protected when in fact they are not.

If there is a specific issue with Malicious Website Protection, such as blocking of a specific application such as a peer-to-peer program such as a Bittorrent client, then Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 can now address this by allowing you to exclude specific processes from Malicious Website Protection via the 'Add Process' button in the Web Exclusions sub-tab under Settings. This way you can stop Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from blocking connections from that specific piece of software without having to disable Malicious Website Protection completely. Currently this feature is only available in Windows Vista Service Pack 2, all versions of Windows 7 and all versions of Windows 8 and 8.1 but we plan to support it for older operating systems such as Windows XP if it is possible in a future release.

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Exile,

Disabling notification during boot-up would be good enough, I can live with the Dashboard notification. That way the wife won't get freaked out, and she easily gets freaked out with pop-up windows, like when Comodo Firewall gives an alert.

 

I just don't see the need for Malwarebytes' website protection. Ad-Block disables most of the malicious stuff for me on webpages believe it or not, so no need for Malwarebytes to notify me of the same malicious content that's already being blocked by Ad-Block. I also use Spybot to insert malicious website blocking into Firefox as well as into Windows' Hosts file, and I use OpenDNS as well, along with AnalogX's Script Blocker, WinPatrol(paid version) and Comodo Firewall. Just like having Malwarebytes' for that little extra protection in case anything else finally gets through.

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"there's a reason I disable them when I do." 

"As for the Dashboard, it is unlikely that we will change this behavior as I have never seen any security product which allowed the user to disable any core component of protection without continuing to indicate that there was a problem"

 

The "problem" here is the user may not see that as a problem, but as a choice.

I really do want control over my programs behavior, even if is in someones opinion, that is not to my advantage

Refusing to do so only opens the door to a compeditor who will. The more annoying a program is the less likely it is to be allowed to run.

I now only allow it to run when I precieve a problem, abandoning any prophlactic use.

That is entirely because it insists that I use the Maslicious website protection, which I have covered like Zootopia 3k stated, though not quite as thouroughly.

The fact that I was willing to join just to comment on this speaks volumes.

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I completely agree with Hoofhearted above.

One notification is enough, I don't want to see this every time I boot; don't be arrogant and listen to your customer base, this nag is annoying - and to be frank I'll be binning MB if you do not sort this out shortly - you sort the problem or I'll sort the problem - it's as simple as that.

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Well, to be frank, I do not believe that most of our customers permanently disable one of the major components of protection that our application provides. It is quite true that some do, and that we do intend to make some allowances for that, including the ability to specify which tray notifications are displayed, however I have yet to see any security application which allows the user to have the application display a 'green' or 'everything is OK' status when one of its major protection components is disabled (and we tested many when determining what the best practices were for the functionality of our application).

The fear is that, as I mentioned earlier, a user might forget that they turned it off, and of course it's also possible that malware may have disabled it, and not alerting the user to something like that would be a critical failure on our part for those customers because if malware were able to disable the protection, it could just as easily also disable all status indicators and notifications that the protection were turned off if we provided the functionality to disable all such indicators, meaning a user could be infected, with all protection turned off, yet our application says nothing to indicate to those customers that there's any problem at all, which would be far worse than the annoyance you guys are getting from the status indicator as it is.

We will provide a way to disable the notification from the tray though, so you won't have to deal with the pop-up any more when we re-work all of our notification settings to make them all granular as I said earlier.

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Hello exile360,

 

Thank you for a fine program and your consideration of how user are difficult to please :)

 

I also have Malicious Website Detection disabled and agree with where this thread appears to be heading... having the bootup Notification displayed, but also have it acr according to setting in the general page for fading.

 

This is essentially the same as my clicking the X to close it, in that in both cases the notification is gone.

 

Having a reminder pop up occasionally may be useful also, because as yuou say, forgetting it is disabled is very possible. But then it would be useful to allow the user to display the frequency with which the notification pops... similar to being able to specify how long a notification shows.

 

Great stuff, thank you very much.

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