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Malwarebytes moves to paid subscription model

Malwarebytes moves to paid subscription model

Malwarebytes 2.0 is to include a range of improvements over its predecessor, but shifts to a paid subscription model to generate revenue.

Popular anti-malware package Malwarebytes is trialling a beta of its biggest rewrite ever, but the improvements come at a cost as the software moves to a paid subscription model.

Malwarebytes 2.0 introduces a completely redesigned user interface which the company claims makes the software easier to use with faster access to its key functionality. The new release also includes an improved engine for malware detection and removal, and claims of significantly boosted capabilities against root-kit malware. 'This is the biggest rewrite we have ever undertaken,' claimed chief executive Marcin Kleczynski of the beta release, 'and we hope you’re thrilled with the result.'

The release of Malwarebytes 2.0 will come with a less popular change in tow, however: the shift to a subscription-based model costing $24.95 per year for coverage of up to three systems. 'As more and more people have come to rely on us for malware protection and cleanup, our costs in bandwidth, hosting fees, infrastructure, salaries of our researchers, QA department, and more have grown immensely,' explained Kleczynski. 'Though our company is about more than just making money, we are a company and we do have to make money to pay our staff to continue doing what they love, which is fighting malware. The subscription model will help us to be sustainable for the future while staying true to our roots that we will always make malware cleanup free for everyone.

'We could have gone other routes to make our business more financially sustainable, like adding toolbars or advertisements like many other security products have, but that's not the company we are. We believe that products should be nag-free and cleanup shouldn't cost our users a dime, and we're going to stay true to that.
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Customers who have already purchased a lifetime licence for Malwarebytes will not need to pay the subscription fee, Kleczynski added, and the company plans to ease the transition with the offer of a limited number of additional lifetime licences for those who have not yet made the plunge.

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liratheal 3rd February 2014, 10:50 Quote
I don't even know what I paid them, but it's not expired yet..
rollo 3rd February 2014, 11:11 Quote
You can get similar for free, Malwarebytes basically just killed themselves.
Corky42 3rd February 2014, 11:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
I don't even know what I paid them, but it's not expired yet..
AFAIK the lifetime licenses for 1.x will continue to have a lifetime license for 2, so i guess if you get in early with a 1.x license you wont have to pay the yearly subscription. Also i think you can try the beta for free ATM, i guess that will end when it comes out of beta.
Stanley Tweedle 3rd February 2014, 13:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
You can get similar for free, Malwarebytes basically just killed themselves.

Yup, Will abandon it when the free version disappears.

Already using comodo internet security but I have malwarebytes free version too.
ChaosDefinesOrder 3rd February 2014, 13:14 Quote
Hang on; which is it?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marcin Kleczynski
The subscription model will help us to be sustainable for the future

or
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marcin Kleczynski
cleanup shouldn't cost our users a dime

Surely it can't be both?
Herbicide 3rd February 2014, 13:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marcin Kleczynski
cleanup shouldn't cost our users a dime

Surely it can't be both?

I think they're referring to those programs that scan for free and then make you pay for the cleanup.
Though I admit I didn't think any of those were legitimate...
Bokonist 3rd February 2014, 15:03 Quote
I was confused by this also, at the moment you can do a scan and cleanup for free, but you pay for the real time protection module. What the article didn't make clear is the exact difference between the current paid for protection and the new model. Can we still do a scan and clean up for free as we van at the moment or not?
Spreadie 3rd February 2014, 16:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rollo
You can get similar for free, Malwarebytes basically just killed themselves.
Why?
Quote:
The subscription model will help us to be sustainable for the future while staying true to our roots that we will always make malware cleanup free for everyone.
itrush07 3rd February 2014, 16:00 Quote
It's always good to have options.. any suggestions?
Shirty 3rd February 2014, 16:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by itrush07
It's always good to have options.. any suggestions?



Learn to live with malware?
benji2412 3rd February 2014, 16:12 Quote
Lets be honest, £18 ish isn't that great a sum of money to make sure people aren't clogging your PC with shite. They've gotten to a point now where they're a successful company with a strong product, why wouldn't they want to make money from that?
KidMod-Southpaw 3rd February 2014, 16:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by benji2412
Lets be honest, £18 ish isn't that great a sum of money to make sure people aren't clogging your PC with shite. They've gotten to a point now where they're a successful company with a strong product, why wouldn't they want to make money from that?

Agreed. Malwarebytes have provided quite a brilliant service over the years that I'm confident has lived in the toolkit of just about any of us. I'm surprised they haven't done this sooner, and to be fair, the price isn't all that bad for what they're offering.
aLtikal 3rd February 2014, 22:27 Quote
Considering that MBAM is my first-go-to app when ever i suspect a virus I'd probably pay for it. I mean I don't think I've come across a time where its failed me - and thats where other AV's ive used have so. They've made a great product. Every year their consistently performing well in detection rates so what's not to love? £18 a year is £1.50 a month LOL.
Tyinsar 4th February 2014, 04:29 Quote
I remember this great anti-virus software from the past. It was basically free and everyone loved it and recommended it. But McAfee ain't what it used to be.
impar 4th February 2014, 11:07 Quote
Greetings!

Never really understood why this program had so much buzz around it.
Have been using Spybot S&D for more than a decade now, and every time I use anoter anti-malware to check Spybot efficiency the results are near zero.
Shirty 4th February 2014, 11:09 Quote
Spybot used to be brilliant, but now it's utterly terrible.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412372,00.asp
benji2412 4th February 2014, 11:22 Quote
The only thing I liked about spybot was having to allow any registry changes that were being made to the machine.
impar 4th February 2014, 12:22 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shirty
Spybot used to be brilliant, but now it's utterly terrible.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412372,00.asp
Still stops the malware I am exposed to, so...
Lousy new interface, though.
dolphie 4th February 2014, 21:36 Quote
I got alt tabbed out of a game to read an ad... from adaware... never used it since. I use malwarebytes and AVG and spybot. Hope I dont have to start paying.
mdshann 5th February 2014, 04:43 Quote
You all need to run hitman pro after your most trusted scanner, especially if you found something. I work on computers, and run kaspersky, bitdefender, panda, trend micro, and mcafee standalone offline scanners (yes, one right after another from boot CDs that do update), followed by mbam, and hitman STILL finds stuff. Sometimes that's not enough and we still have to pour through the registry and even after all that a backup and reload is neccesary. It's getting pretty insane how good these guys have become.
dolphie 6th February 2014, 21:03 Quote
The software is good too, if I do a full scan on everything, rather than a quick scan, it usually finds plenty. Very rarely a virus, but plenty of malware and that usually gets zapped by mbytes or spybot. I also have spybot running as a resident shield which seems to help a bit.

All in all seems to work, I'm still going strong since I got this hard disk and that's about 3 years now. Usually my PC's last about 5 years until something finally kills the OS and I have to format and start again.
Unicorn 6th February 2014, 21:38 Quote
First LogMeIn, now this :(

So, Teamviewer, Avast and Hitman Pro then? Yup.
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