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Why does my software firewall randomly prompt me about malwarebytes app trying to contact telemetery.malwarebytes.com? I have all of that disabled.

Also, my software firewall notifies my that malwarebytes app seems to be quite frequently contacting hubble.mb-cosmos.com every time (seems like it) I launch a program.

Currently using v3.0.6.1469




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Hello @cloquat and :welcome:

A Malwarebytes staffer may weigh in with additional information.  What you are seeing are routine operational communications between client systems (with Malwarebytes 3.0 installed) and Malwarebytes' backend servers for threat detection and analysis.  This differs from the general level, after the fact, information voluntarily gleaned through usage and threat statistics.

Thank you.

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Though, I am not sure I would call it "routine" for a program reach out to a telemetery site numerous times a day, unless it is gathering/reporting some sort of information. That coupled with calling another website whenever I launch a program... looks and sounds suspicious at best.

Never had that happen with previous versions of v3  and older. Last thing I want is a security type program to be doing such things. It's bad enough that other big named companies (ahem.. MS) is forcing it on their customers.

Hopefully an official rep will be able to shed some more light into this matter.

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Hello @cloquat

What you are seeing is expected.

The Hubble.cosmos calls are not for telemetry, but are instead referenced during real-time and scanning operations to improve detection accuracy and reduce the potential for false positives.

Opting out of the Usage and Statistics setting prevents sending of any data related to scanning, real-time protection events, etc. but certain data related to license, version of software installed, etc. is always sent regardless (to facilitate proper program operation). 

The latest EULA and Privacy Policy are always available from our main website with more detail.

Thank you,

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Thank you for the clarification.

I understand and have no problem of validating license, installation etc.

I still have a question about hubble.cosmos calls, why does it need to call out every time I run an application? I just did a test with a few files and watched my dns request to hubble.cosmos, matched perfectly, every time I launched an app, it made a request.

Any reason why Malwarebytes needs to know what applications I am running? If this is some variation of web of trust.. not sure I trust such a service.. last I heard WOT was busted for not following their own philosophy/practices.

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No, it's nothing like WOT.  Basically it's important for us to know what OS the software is installed on and what AV (if any) the system has installed.  The reason we want to know this info is for testing and compatibility.  For example, if we were to discover that the majority of our users are running Windows 8.1 it would be important for us to prioritize testing on that operating system as well as fixes for issues that impact that operating system.  If we discovered that most of our users are running Malwarebytes alongside Norton Antivirus products then we'd prioritize fixing any issues that might exist which are specific to compatibility with Norton.  Things like that, basically.  It helps us to know the environment where Malwarebytes is running so that we know how best to spend more of our time on fixes and testing internally.

I hope that helps to clear things up.

Also, while we do collect such system-specific info, we do NOT collect any identifiable info like your IP address etc. because we do not want to track specific users or anything like that because frankly, that would make our software spyware which is something we're absolutely against (we'd have to start detecting ourselves as PUP if we ever did anything like that ;) ).

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Thank you for the additional info. Glad to hear it isn't like WOT.

Personally speaking, I would still like to see such gathering of data/product improvement as an option or way to turn it off completely if already opted in by default install. I would like to believe that companies would listen and reach out to their customers about product improvement and try to gather such info without explicit consent.

Not saying having such data is a bad thing, just how it's gathered can raise concerns. I am just wary of having to give out more user info than necessary.. *ahem* Microsoft... not everything a user does is about product improvement. If that was the case, just follow twitter or facebook. :rolleyes:

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