If you’ve ever run into the problem of stubborn malware on your computer, then you may have come across one of the most-used solutions: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.  The software, which is one of the most popular anti-malware tools on CNET, turns five years old today.

The program, which has been downloaded more than 200 million times since its launch on January 21, 2008, was the brainchild of Marcin Kleczynski.  Kleczynski was frustrated with other popular antivirus programs, such as Symantec and McAfee, because they were unable to remove the malware that had infected his home computer.

Kleczynski built an anti-malware program from scratch in his college dorm room that later became Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.  The program employs a unique blend of heuristic and behavioral scanning technologies to defeat viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, ransomware, and other malware that traditional antivirus programs miss.

“Traditional antivirus does a good job with the known threats but typically isn’t as effective against the growing threat of new and emerging malware,” said Mr. Kleczynski, now CEO of Malwarebytes. “That’s where we come in.”

“With our unique blend of protection and detection technologies and agility as an organization, we adapt to new threats faster than traditional antivirus.”

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the first public release of MBAM, the company is making a substantial monetary donation to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The EFF is an international non-profit digital rights group devoted to preserving online privacy and related issues.

We would like to congratulate the entire Malwarebytes team on five excellent years!  We’re excited to see what’s in store going forward.

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