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A little earlier today I turned on my sons Windows 7 Desktop to do a few updates. He works away a lot no, so the computer isn't used as much anymore. It hadn't been turned on for about 8 days. 

After booting up the computer and checking if there were any Windows Updates, I opened Malwarebytes FREE with the intention of checking if there were any updates for that. I got a bit of a shock. Because MB Free was scanning a full Threat Scan all by itself. I had not clicked for it to scan. At the end of the scan another shock. MB Free had found a list of PUPs. Now had I ran the scan myself and had the computer been getting used much by my son, I probably would have clicked to Quarantine. But because I can't understand how MB Free was scanning in the first place. Plus the fact that our computers have never had any problems with malware before. Gut instinct told me to click - Cancel

Now I really don't know if I've done the right thing or not :(

This is what MB Free found with the scan I never initiated... 



Please can someone give me some advice!

Is this a False Positive or Real?

And how did MB Free start a scan all by itself?


Thanks In Advance!




Edited by Tinarose
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Likely real. These appear to be search redirectors that probably lead to adware sites. In many cases, these are just nuisance sites, but their reputation is not good, and they may harbor malvertising links. MBAM did what it should. If you don't recognize them as intentionally installed tools, these should be removed.

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31 minutes ago, Firefox said:

I don't know about an official notification someplace, but it has been mentioned in other topics within the forum...


Performance/protective capability

  • Multiple enhancements result in reduction of memory usage
  • Faster load time and responsiveness of third-party applications
  • Improved performance of Web Protection
  • Faster Malwarebytes 3 program startup time and responsiveness of user interface
  • New detection and protection layer with machine learning based anomaly detection (to be deployed gradually even if it shows "enabled" under Settings)
  • Improved Self-Protection by requiring escalated privileges to disable protections or deactivate a license
  • Enhanced malware protection techniques and remediation capabilities
  • Added an automatic monthly scheduled scan in Free mode

3.1 Changelog May 10, 2017

That is why the tray stays open in free mode. ;)


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