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I have a great, flawless Firewall already. Zone Alarm. But what I don't have is a great malware detector/cleaner. ZoneAlarm can block inbound and outbound activity perfectly. Your software however is great for what I accidently or foolishly put ON my PC.


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Greetings and welcome :)

If you're referring to the Website Blocker, it isn't a firewall. It's an IP address filter that blocks your computer from any connection to or from a known malicious IP address if that address is in our block list, this includes blocking programs that you might trust (such as your internet browser) from connecting to such sites should they be embedded in advertisements in safe webpages as well as hijacked system processes that would normally be safe.

That being said, if you do not wish to use the Website Blocker you may do the following:

  • Open Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and click on the Protection tab
  • Uncheck the box next to Start malicious website blocking when protection module starts.
  • Then you may either reboot your computer, or right-click on the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware tray icon and uncheck Website Blocking

A firewall is used to determine what programs are allowed to access the internet. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware filters the IP addresses that are allowed to connect to your PC, similar to how a HOSTS file works, but much more dynamic.

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I wrote that because elsewhere here annother support rep referred to the software as "sort of a firewall" if I recall. BTW apparently your block list needs updating. Deskbabes/virtualgirl sites and software are not malicious in any way. Also rather that getting nit picky over the IP addresa. Your software should block or allow a given URL. It is royally annoying to have to constantly add to the ignore lists various IP addresses for the same website. such as the ones I mentioned above. Getting nit picky about the Ip's may make your software better. But it certainly makes it very annoying so most people will just unistall it.

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While domain name based blocking does have its merits, IP based blocking does as well, which is why we implemented it this way. You see, many malware creators will use a static IP or block of IP's for hosting their infections, but will constantly change the actual domain name, so that trying to block them based on the URL is a losing battle because you're always behind. As for why a specific IP may be blocked, such as the sites you mentioned, may be because the IP's in question are host to other content that is malicious.

That being said, if you do have any IP's that are blocked by Malwarebytes that you believe are false positives then please refer to this post: IP Blocking False Positives and post the info here: False Positives

One of our Research team members will take a look and let you know if we can remove the IP from our database.

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Well I'm still dissappointed in the product in that it wants to behave like a firewall. As it has the ability to block website/ip. That should be the sole domain of a firewall. Crossloop is a great company but they act as though you are the be all end all.

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