Malwarebytes

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Malwarebytes
Private
Industry Computer software
Security software
Founded USA (2008)
Headquarters San Jose, California
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Marcin Kleczynski – CEO and founder, Bruce Harrison - VP of Research, Mark Harris – CFO, Rebecca Kline – COO
Products Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, Malwarebytes Endpoint Security, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile
Number of employees
140+ [1]
Website http://www.malwarebytes.org/

Malwarebytes is an internet security company which makes products that protect home computers, smartphones and companies. The company claims it can block and remove advanced malware like exploits and zero-day threats, which it says traditional anti-virus software misses. Malwarebytes advocates ‘layered protection’ – running alongside existing anti-virus to catch the threats which slip past.

Malwarebytes is based in San Jose, in the Silicon Valley area of California. The company said in 2014 that its home product has fixed more than 250 million computers, with an average of six computers repaired every second,[2] and removed over five billion pieces of malware.[3]

Company history[edit]

  • 2004: Early versions of the product were created by 14-year-old Marcin Kleczynski (now CEO), when his family laptop became infected despite already having security software.[4]
  • 2006: Kleczynski worked with members of online forums to make a freely available program called RogueRemover.[5]
  • 2008: Company started trading under the name Malwarebytes and officially launches a free tool for removing problem malware, and a paid-for version which provides proactive protection called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO.[6]
  • 2011: Malwarebytes acquired HPhosts – a website blacklisting company.[7]
  • 2012: Launched into the corporate market with an enterprise product aimed at desktop-based anti-malware detection and protection.[8]
  • 2013:
  1. Malwarebytes acquired ZeroVulnerabilityLabs, an early-stage anti-exploit company, and added its flagship ExploitShield protection to their product line.[9]
  2. Expanded their malware removal and protection to the Android platform with the launch of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile [10]
  3. Launched a USB-based product called Malwarebytes Techbench aimed at helping technicians remove malware.[11]
  • 2014:
  1. Launched Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 in March that featured an overhauled user interface and dashboard.[12]
  2. Launched Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit in June that shields selected applications from attacks.[13]
  3. Announces $30 million of venture capital funding from Highland Capital Partners.[14]

Products[edit]

The company offers four main products:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes' longest standing piece of software comes in two versions, both for Windows. The Free version scans and cleans malware off infected computers, whilst the paid-for version provides proactive protection to prevent malware installing in the first place.[15]
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit
Anti-Exploit also comes in a free and paid for version for Windows computers. The free version stops exploits in browsers and Java, whilst the paid product adds protection for a wider range of software applications.[16]
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile
A free Android app which protects smartphones from mobile malware.[17]
Malwarebytes Endpoint Security
The Malwarebytes enterprise product claims to protect companies from zero-day malware and exploits. This is designed to be run on company ‘endpoints’ (Internet connected devices) alongside a traditional signature based anti-virus.[18]

The Malwarebytes website also offers a variety of free computer security-related downloads for more technically advanced users.

Reception[edit]

  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 has received 4.5 stars from both CNET [19] and PCMag [20] – as well as being named ‘best repair’ [21] by independent testing laboratory, AV Test.
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit received four stars from PCMag [22] and Softpedia [23] and also recently won V3 magazine’s ‘Security Innovation of the Year’.[24]
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile has a rating of 4.4 on the Google Play store.[25]
  • The Company CEO, Marcin Kleczynski, has been named as an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year [26] and also one of Forbes Magazine’s '30 Under 30'.[27]
  • The company placed in this year’s annual Deloitte Fast 500.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_26175456/q-marcin-kleczynski-ceo-malwarebytes-cybersecurity-and-startups
  2. ^ http://www.ey.com/US/en/About-us/Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneur-Of-The-Year/US_EOY_Article_RTPS_2014_Kleczynski
  3. ^ http://venturebeat.com/2011/07/18/malwarebytes-quietly-becomes-a-big-player-in-anti-malware-software/
  4. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_26175456/q-marcin-kleczynski-ceo-malwarebytes-cybersecurity-and-startups
  5. ^ http://www.techspot.com/article/581-malwarebytes-marcin-kleczynski-interview/
  6. ^ http://venturebeat.com/2011/07/18/malwarebytes-quietly-becomes-a-big-player-in-anti-malware-software/
  7. ^ http://venturebeat.com/2011/07/18/malwarebytes-quietly-becomes-a-big-player-in-anti-malware-software/
  8. ^ http://www.networkworld.com/article/2159917/network-security/malwarebytes-offers-enterprise-anti-malware-detection--prevention.html
  9. ^ http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2276152/malwarebytes-takes-fight-to-drivebyattackers-with-zero-vulnerability-labs-acquisition
  10. ^ http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/it-security/malwarebytes-anti-malware-mobile-now-protects-android-devices/
  11. ^ http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=2605
  12. ^ http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455505,00.asp
  13. ^ http://www.zdnet.com/article/malwarebytes-anti-exploit-aims-to-stop-unknown-threats-to-windows/
  14. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_26175456/q-marcin-kleczynski-ceo-malwarebytes-cybersecurity-and-startups
  15. ^ http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455505,00.asp
  16. ^ http://www.zdnet.com/article/malwarebytes-anti-exploit-aims-to-stop-unknown-threats-to-windows/
  17. ^ http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/it-security/malwarebytes-anti-malware-mobile-now-protects-android-devices/
  18. ^ http://www.esecurityplanet.com/windows-security/review-malwarebytes-enterprise-edition.html
  19. ^ http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html
  20. ^ http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455505,00.asp
  21. ^ http://www.av-test.org/en/test-procedures/award/2014/
  22. ^ http://uk.pcmag.com/malwarebytes-anti-exploit-free/33237/review/malwarebytes-anti-exploit-free
  23. ^ http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/ExploitShield-Browser-Edition.shtml
  24. ^ http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2384032/v3-announces-winners-of-technology-awards-2014
  25. ^ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.malwarebytes.antimalware&hl=en
  26. ^ http://www.ey.com/US/en/About-us/Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneur-Of-The-Year/US_EOY_Article_RTPS_2014_Kleczynski
  27. ^ http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mll45kfhf/marcin-kleczynski-25/
  28. ^ http://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/technology-media-and-telecommunications/articles/fast500-winners.html