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Malwarebytes Inc. is an American Internet security company with offices in Santa Clara, California; Clearwater, Florida; Tallinn, Estonia and Cork, Ireland. It specializes in protecting home computers, smartphones, and companies.
These three products have been incorporated into a single program called Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium, which is a paid program with a 14-day free trial period. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is no longer available as a free standalone product.
Early history and background
Malwarebytes Inc. was informally established in 2004. CEO and founder Marcin Kleczynski, originally from Poland, was still a teenager attending high school in Bensenville, Illinois at the time, and was working as a technician in a computer repair shop in Chicago. He noticed that whenever infected computers arrived, they would generally reformat the computer, regardless if the infection was only minor. It was only when his mother’s computer became infected that Kleczynski learned more about why the virus wasn’t directly attacked, finding that neither McAfee nor Symantec would remove the malware from his system. He later recalled “I’ve never been as angry as when I got my computer infected”, and professed that his mother told him to fix it “under penalty of death”. It was only after Kleczynski posted on the forum SpywareInfo, popular at the time, that he was able to learn how to cure it, which took three days. The company was unofficially founded after this, when Kleczynski conversed and became friends with several of the editors of the forum, who tempted him to buy an unused domain from them.
With one of the site’s regulars, Bruce Harrison, Kleczynski wrote the inaugural version of the company’s software. In 2006, worked with a college roommate to produce a freely available program called “RogueRemover”, a utility which specialized in fighting against a type of infection known as “rogues”, which scam computer users into giving away their credit card information through fake anti-virus software. RogueRemover proved instrumental in developing Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and Kleczynski was able to set up a forum which enabled him to improve the software through feedback. Kleczynski and Harrison formally launched Malwarebytes on January 21, 2008 while Kleczynski was studying computer science at the University of Illinois. Bruce became the VP of Research for Malwarebytes, and further hired Doug Swanson, with experience in freeware development to work for the new company. Marcus Chung, an e-commerce expert who formerly worked for GreenBorder, was hired as chief operating officer. Kleczynski and Harrison reportedly made $600,000 in their first year of selling the software, despite not having met personally at the time.