November 28, 2012

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Malwarebytes Partners With StopBadware Non-Profit Organization Dedicated to Making Web Browsing Safer

San Jose, CA –  Malwarebytes today announced it is the latest company to join StopBadware, a non-profit group aimed at protecting web users from malicious software. Conceived at Harvard University, the venture focuses on proactively combating badware by educating website hosts and the general public on how to identify and remove the threat from websites spreading viruses, spyware, scareware and other malware.

Malwarebytes will participate in StopBadware’s Partners Forum, a monthly discussion in which the organization’s partner companies share threat intelligence and strategies for combating the spread of badware out in the community. StopBadware research shows that it is common for legitimate websites to be distributing malware without the site owners’ knowledge.  Furthermore, many of these site owners have no idea what to do once the malware is discovered.  The Forum helps security providers understand how they can assist innocent website owners in preventing and removing badware to protect their site visitors, increasing the safety of the internet as a whole.

Malwarebytes will also participate in StopBadware’s new data sharing initiative as part of the partnership.  The newly formed initiative seeks to build a rich database of malware URLs to provide the security community with the independent information needed to take collective anti-malware action.  This effort will also help in identifying the scope of these threats for website owners and internet service providers, enabling them to better understand how they can become part of the solution to the problem.  Malwarebytes, whose anti-malware software has been downloaded more than 200 million times, joins a host of blue-chip Internet players also supporting the initiative.  These include Google, Mozilla, Paypal and Facebook.

“Malwarebytes has a stellar reputation within the security ecosystem for providing detailed threat knowledge and demonstrating a strong commitment to protecting users,” said StopBadware Executive Director Maxim Weinstein. “We’re excited to add them to our diverse network of partners and we welcome their expertise in our discussions.”

“It’s a pleasure to be in partnership with StopBadware because as cyber-criminals refine their methods and become more sophisticated, the volume of malware which bypasses existing antivirus solutions is growing,” said Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes. ”For this reason, it is more important than ever to present a united front in the fight against this threat. StopBadware’s values match the Malwarebytes ethos that we all have the right to a malware-free existence; the partnership underpins our dedication to this.”

More information on Malwarebytes can be found at www.malwarebytes.org

About Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes provides software designed to protect consumers and businesses against the latest breed of malware not detected by traditional antivirus software.  Originally popular with technicians and computer experts, the company now protects nearly 200 million people worldwide against zero-day malware and other cutting-edge criminal software.  Its flagship product, called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, employs a highly advanced detection engine and has removed over 5 billion malicious threats from computers worldwide. This includes malevolent programs designed to escape detection by leading antivirus solutions.

The company is self-funded, based in California, and operates offices in the US and Europe with a team of researchers and experts around the world.  Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is available in 36 languages and counting. For more information, please visit us at www.malwarebytes.org.

 About StopBadware

StopBadware makes the Web safer through the prevention, mitigation, and remediation of badware websites. It began as a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University before spinning off as a standalone nonprofit organization in 2010. Corporate partners include Google  (GOOG), Mozilla, Verizon (VZ), PayPal (PYPL), Qualys (QLYS), Verisign (VRSN), and Yandex (YNDX.) StopBadware is based in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, visit www.stopbadware.org