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Malwarebytes Adds Support for Windows XP

The anti-malware company Malwarebytes has announced that it will release a heuristics-based detection version. The detection is designed to identify harmful software based on its behaviour instead of a virus signature. This new detection system could be useful to those using Windows XP after Microsoft stops providing support on the 8th April 2014.

The Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium (MAMP) is the first version the company has released since 2008 and features new anti-rootkit technology. As 20% of Malwarebytes users currently operate on the Windows XP platform, the company has announced that “Premium will support XP users for life” in order to retain those customers.

The new Malwarebytes Premium includes ‘Chameleon’ which allows a “brute force start-up and scan when malware is crippling traditional security software and other processes” and URL-checking to identify malicious websites. It will continue to detect and remove Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP’s) that may be bundled in with downloads that are not technically malware.

Malwarebytes Premium is designed to supplement rather than replace existing antivirus products. Antivirus programs protect your computer systems and networks from viruses, Trojans, worms, bots and malware. The number of malicious viruses is increasing daily. Laptops and email are probably the best known methods of infecting a network, but malware and viruses transferred through internet browsing are also an issue. For more information on how Signal Networks can help your company prevent malicious attacks, please contact us or visit out IT security page.

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