The platform is effective enough that Kaseya, an IT SaaS provider, uses Malwarebytes to support its anti-malware module. Kaseya customers who buy the service can issue changes and monitor Malwarebytes clients via the Kaseya dashboard, says Jeff Keyes, the company's director of security.
He says customers were seeking a way to remove malware that was slowing down their corporate computers. "Their machines were loaded with crap, and they didn't want to spend time cleaning it up," he says. Once the software cleans the machines, customers leave it on to catch reinfections, he says.
Kaseya also sells antivirus services powered by Kaspersky and AVG, but Malwarebytes catches malware that the others don't, Keyes says.
That's because Malwarebytes looks not just for code signatures but also for what the malware does, says the company's founder and CEO Marcin Kleczynski. So if the code morphs, the Malwarebytes behavioral signature will still catch it. "Regardless of how the code changes, it will still detect the behavior," he says.
The company gathers samples of malware, checks whether traditional antivirus products can detect it and based on the results gives it a priority. If none do or just a few, Malwarebytes creates a signature for it right away, he says.
The software also blocks IP addresses known to spread malware, he says.
The company relies to some extent on the community of users that frequent its malware forum for finding new instances of malicious behavior, Kleczynski says.
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