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Topic: Malware warning ... is this genuine or not? (Read 1 time) previous topic - next topic

Nick Gammon

I recently got a message from my web service provider, claiming that an email account had been compromised (this is one of my children's accounts, not my personal one). Whilst plausible, I get messages almost daily claiming that my bank accounts have been compromised and to "log in" to confirm the details.

This particular message suggests I download a malware scanner from:

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

It also references Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware_scanner

The Wikipedia page refers to the linked scanner page, so on the surface of it, this all looks genuine.

So my question is: Has anyone heard of this site (malwarebytes.org)? Can you vouch for it, or is it a known "fake" anti-virus site?

I am aware that one technique to install viruses is for software to pretend to be anti-virus.

fungus

Change the email password.

Malwarebytes is legit AFAIK.

The 'Pro" version isn't worth it though. It's no better than any number of free ones.
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No, I don't answer questions sent in private messages (but I do accept thank-you notes...)

Nick Gammon

They changed it for me. I got a warning to do a scan first and then they would let me know the new one. That's pretty good service.

fungus


They changed it for me. I got a warning to do a scan first and then they would let me know the new one. That's pretty good service.


The world needs more of that...
No, I don't answer questions sent in private messages (but I do accept thank-you notes...)

Jack Christensen


They changed it for me. I got a warning to do a scan first and then they would let me know the new one. That's pretty good service.


I'm suspicious. Why should they give you the new password only after you had done a scan? Why would they give you a password at all, why not just send you to a password change page? Malwarebytes is definitely legit, and a good product, but I wonder if that and the Wikipedia link aren't just window-dressing.
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