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Battle Between Malwarebytes and IOBit Advanced Systemcare

Changing the way people think about news.


Changing the way people think about news.

Battle Between Malwarebytes and IOBit Advanced Systemcare published by The Classical Conservative
Writer Rating: 2.7188
Posted on 2017-03-23
Writer Description: Changing the way people think about news.
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Malwarebytes and Advanced Systemcare have been regarded in-large by users of the tech industry as trustworthy programs for keeping computers clean. To top it off, both of these programs have been featured as free programs that are excellent at handling many types of problems in a computer like junk files, malware, and spyware.

However, these companies haven’t exactly gotten along in quite some time.  Detailing from a forum post on the Malwarebytes forums – username RubbeR DuckY under the label of “Root Admin” had unveiled a post detailing a series of findings that were troubling to Malwarebytes.

https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/29681-iobit-steals-malwarebytes-intellectual-property/

To sum it up, Malwarebytes had created a few Anti-malware naming schemes under the name of certain flags such as: “Don’t.Steal.Our.Software.A” which were synonymous to their database.  They additionally confirmed IOBit when Malwarebytes decided to create fake rogue applications in-house that weren’t of any harm to anyone’s computer and created fake virus definitions for it. Lo’ and behold – it showed up 2 weeks later on the IOBit detections.

The link of the forum post is here explaining with proof in great detail (though most of the links are no longer functioning most likely from a legal battle or with the posts being too old).

With some time passing by, users have noted as of March 15, 2017 that Malwarebytes is now actively removing IOBit’s Advanced Systemcare 10 by Malwarebytes. (You can view that forum post here)  Even with a paid version of Advanced Systemcare, Malwarebytes still detects it and effectively removes the program. One may even go as far as thinking… If Malwarebytes considers the program to be removed, is it really malware?

The short answer is no.  Malwarebytes does not label it as malware but as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).  You can, as noted by other users of IOBit Advanced Systemcare, can white list Advanced Systemcare to stop it from removing your program.

Author’s notes:

To the defense of IObit:

While I do not condone the usage of actively stealing people’s data, one could easily argue that IOBit products have helped many computer users across the globe.  Advanced Systemcare is not the only program that IOBit provides as being a powerful antivirus and junk cleaning tool.  Programs like IObit Uninstaller and Smart Defrag have been highly successful in keeping computers clean. Just off of those ideas alone show that IOBit has benefitted the overall health of the computer world.

This would also get into the technological ideology of what information should be free on the internet and what shouldn’t.  If we do utilize that information for an overall good – what good does it do to restrict that?

To the defense of Malwarebytes:

I would imagine anybody in the technology industry would be a little more than frustrated at a company that needs to leech off of the work of another company to exist. The people of Malwarebytes have proven time and time again that they are a trustworthy company.  Additionally programs that shouldn’t be installed are being installed if you happen to miss the checkbox for Advanced Systemcare.

Some state that Malwarebytes have added it to PUP for that reason.

In conclusion it really comes down to the freedom of information and usage of that information.  Whether or not someone believes that Malwarebytes should release information that could be useful for the benefit of everyone is up to opinion.  It would be reasonable to say that we need to have privacy of information to keep things more secure and that copyright laws are important to the fabric of society.

   

Sources:
https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/197749-advanced-system-care-10/
https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/29681-iobit-steals-malwarebytes-intellectual-property/

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Anonymous: 2017-03-28 06:03:08 ID:1775

Well if they stole intellictual property as the article claims, then I wouldn't object to malate bytes blocking the programs. Can't support thievery.

The Classical Conservative: 2017-04-04 11:12:25 ID:1979

You imply use of information despite where it comes from is inherently stealing. Or that there was something to steal in the first place.

Anonymous: 2018-01-20 06:13:15 ID:2195

Very refreshing to see someone be fair with regards to this issue. I, on the other hand am somewhat more assertive in my opinion. Malwarebytes is only alienating potential users and behaving in a manner that wouldn't even befit a juvenile dlinquent . The behavior of malwarebytes users with the tantrums and childish "my team is better than your team" delete "ASC" is just ridiculous. Furthermore what malwarebytes is doing is extremely unprofessional and downright unethical. IF I were ASC (Iobit) I would sue Malwarebytes for what they are doing. As far as I'm concerned Malwarebytes is the bad guy here, regardless of the alleged improprieties committed my iobit. They're just detection algorithms that these companes should be sharing among themselves anyhow. I've never seen such childishness in a professional corporation. Its beyond silly.

The Classical Conservative: 2018-04-18 03:28:13 ID:2204

Thank you I try to be as unbiased as possible.

Anonymous: 2018-01-20 06:14:24 ID:2196

Thank you for the unbiased opinion. Rare, indeed.

Anonymous: 2018-04-04 01:27:20 ID:2202

The war between Malwarebytes and IObit has reached a point that I've had no choice but to dump Malwarebytes from both my computer and smartphone. Removing Malwarebytes was the only way I could stop it from quarantining and removing IObit's Advanced SystemCare, IObit MalwareFighter and IObit Uninstaller.

Repeated complaints to Malwarebytes over its anti-IObit hard line have gone for nought -- leading myself and other longtime users of IOBit products to delete Malwarebytes from our devices in protest.

To its credit, IObit has not retaliated in kind by having its security products quarantine and remove Malwarebytes -- which speaks volumes about Malwarebytes' attitude toward consumers like me who have used IObit products for years; apparently, Malwarebytes doesn't give a (bleep) about them.