We’ve recently become aware that Malwarebytes no longer detects at least two of the most ubiquitous malware products (politely known to us as PUPs — Potentially Unwanted Programs), those two being Ask Toolbar and Conduit.
We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with Malwarebytes, we still recommend it. We’re just concerned that this may become a slippery slope. Malwarebytes still does a great job of detecting dangerous Trojans, and remains one of the only programs that can successfully remove Rogues (fake anti-virus programs).
We have been in contact with those in the know at Malwarebytes, and we’re hoping that Malwarebytes can provide us with an explanation as to why, just in the last few months, they have stopped detecting Ask Toolbar and Conduit (both malware by our definition) as PUPs.
We don’t care that Malwarebytes has chosen the soft name of PUPs for malware, it’s understandable in today’s lawsuit-happy world. But when it stops detecting at least two of the most prevalent, err PUPs (malware), we’re concerned.
We’ll let you know what Malwarebytes has to say about this. We hope their explanation is a satisfactory one.
We’ll keep you updated.