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  • Malwarebytes Detects Pirates, Asks Them Not to Steal Software

    Source: TorrentFreak Original Author: Ernesto Post Date: June 8 2013 Link in TorrentFreak


    Aside from detecting intrusive and harmful software on people’s computers, the anti-malware application Malwarebytes is also able to detect which users are running a pirated version. While some software vendors might respond aggressively to unauthorized users, the San Jose company takes a more gently approach in the belief that every user contributes to the success of the software, pirates included.

    Like most other software packages the popular Malwarebytes application is heavily pirated. Instead of paying for an upgrade some people choose to download a keygen or crack to activate the program.

    To confront unauthorized users the makers of Malwarebytes decided to add these circumvention tools to their standard malware scan. This means that pirates, in addition to any spy- or malware, will also see keygens and cracks listed in the scan results.
    The company lists the circumvention tools under the vendor name dont.steal.our.software, hoping to send a gentle but clear message to those who chose to pirate instead of pay. Curious about this anti-piracy approach, TorrentFreak reached out to the San Jose company to learn more.
    Malwarebytes’ Bruce Harrison told TorrentFreak that the detection works through heuristic and direct means. The program’s functionality is not affected in any way but in some cases Malwarebytes also displays a prompt reminding users that they are running a pirated version. This second notification can be cancelled by the user.
    The software vendor says it prefers this softer approach over the more aggressive option of locking Malwarebytes down completely.
    “Long ago we figured that being super aggressive against piracy is one of the quickest ways to alienate your fans as it so often backfires and makes legitimate usage a problem,” Harrison says.
    Don’t steal



    Malwarebytes is aware of the fact that there are a lot of pirates out there who don’t want to pay. However, rather than cracking down on them they chose to view these as people who can promote their product to others.
    “Piracy is not really a huge problem for us in my opinion. There are a lot of people who simply won’t pay for our software and being aggressive against them won’t change that,” Harrison told us.
    While Malwarebytes doesn’t have a huge problem with people pirating their software, the company does believe that there are security risks attached to online piracy. In particular Harrison warns people who use pirated operating systems as these often can’t be updated, leaving users more vulnerable to malware and viruses.
    As for the Malwarebytes pirates, they can expect more gentle reminders in the future. However, despite their deviant behavior the company recognizes that even the pirates have contributed to the rapid growth of the software.
    “Taken together we had one hell of a word of mouth push that really got our business going. Our fans have been an integral part of putting us on the map and yes, this does include the pirates.”

    ^Untouched^

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    “Piracy is not really a huge problem for us in my opinion. There are a lot of people who simply won’t pay for our software and being aggressive against them won’t change that,” Harrison told us.
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    • #3
      If all would think like that the life o pirates would be much easier :)

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      • #4
        “Piracy is not really a huge problem for us in my opinion. There are a lot of people who simply won’t pay for our software and being aggressive against them won’t change that,” Harrison told us.
        Finally someone who gets it. Being aggressive doesn't turn anyone into a paying customer, all it does is make a lot of people angry.
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        • #5
          +1 on this.

          Finally someone that thinks of pirates as people that helped spread the word and actually making money out of it rather then discarding that in total and hating pirates just because they lose a couple of bucks from the 1 individual that doesn't pay for it and forgetting that that 1 pirate might have caused the company to gain 5 new paying customers.


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          • #6
            Good article. I like Malwarebytes approach to detecting pirates, I've had some other software do the same kind of thing. It's actually caused me to buy the software because of the developers elegant approach.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MaxPlus View Post
              Finally someone who gets it. Being aggressive doesn't turn anyone into a paying customer, all it does is make a lot of people angry.
              Originally posted by Cerberusj View Post
              +1 on this.

              Finally someone that thinks of pirates as people that helped spread the word and actually making money out of it rather then discarding that in total and hating pirates just because they lose a couple of bucks from the 1 individual that doesn't pay for it and forgetting that that 1 pirate might have caused the company to gain 5 new paying customers.
              Originally posted by mylittlerobot View Post
              Good article. I like Malwarebytes approach to detecting pirates, I've had some other software do the same kind of thing. It's actually caused me to buy the software because of the developers elegant approach.
              I pirated MalwareBytes when I was still running Vista on this laptop because I couldn't buy a license (didn't have an unlocked/worldwide debit card) and because I was trying it out.
              It and ESET are the only companies that I care enough to support because their software just works and is not confusing to use.


              The developer's remark on piracy reminded me of Kenshi's developer when asked about DRM
              I won't make it difficult to copy my game, pirates break every system while my legitimate customers get hurt
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              Was away from torrenting, this website and private trackers since 2014 (Maybe longer). Apologies if my inactivity has harmed you, but, I had family matters to attend to

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              • #8
                They are nice guys, really.......but they are unfortunate.....I would buy their software right now but.....I am on Mac
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                • #9
                  I recall installing this several months ago and was a little surprised when I noticed MalwareBytes detected the packed keygen as "Don't.Steal.Our.Software". I'm now even more amazed at the fact that they acknowledge pirates contributed to the growth and success of their software.

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                  • #10
                    “Piracy is not really a huge problem for us in my opinion. There are a lot of people who simply won’t pay for our software and being aggressive against them won’t change that,” Harrison told us.
                    Someone needs to send this to all the media companies. Just because you see that 500 people downloaded a movie, album,or software doesnt mean that if torrenting disappeared that those same 500 would go out and buy it. They cant seem to understand that for some reason. The sooner they do the better off they will be.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Seed_Baron View Post
                      It and ESET are the only companies that I care enough to support because their software just works and is not confusing to use.
                      Yup, ESET NOD32 is GREAT software.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RedHeadLover View Post
                        Someone needs to send this to all the media companies. Just because you see that 500 people downloaded a movie, album,or software doesnt mean that if torrenting disappeared that those same 500 would go out and buy it. They cant seem to understand that for some reason. The sooner they do the better off they will be.
                        I'd like to add a few things to what you've said: Make it easier for legitimate customers to support you.

                        Kenshi relies strictly on a CD-Key system which is easily cracked, MalwareBytes is on a key based system as well.

                        If there were a Desura-like store for movies and music where you can actually copy the files you bought onto every one of your devices I'll stop torrenting movies (iTunes is DRMed, if they're willing to sell every album as a .FLAC and every movie as a .MKV without copy restrictions I might switch, I prefer small independant companies though).

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RedHeadLover View Post
                          Someone needs to send this to all the media companies. Just because you see that 500 people downloaded a movie, album,or software doesnt mean that if torrenting disappeared that those same 500 would go out and buy it. They cant seem to understand that for some reason. The sooner they do the better off they will be.
                          Quoted for truth. If there are 10 shows that I would have watched, if one of them was "piracy-proofed"; I would still with the other 9.

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                          • #14
                            Personally I'm with the opinion that AV software should be free, but maybe function under the concept of donations.

                            "Well, I'm sorry you have a nasty virus on your machine, but if you wanna remove it, we're gonna need to see some $$$."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by guanyi1030 View Post
                              Personally I'm with the opinion that AV software should be free, but maybe function under the concept of donations.

                              "Well, I'm sorry you have a nasty virus on your machine, but if you wanna remove it, we're gonna need to see some $$$."
                              I would hate that model - because I would be very skeptical to see if my system is really infected. But - cleaning an infection, then expecting a donation - I am okay with that! :)

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