What is Malwarebytes Chameleon Technology? How it Runs MBAM on an Infected Computer

by Venkat eswarlu on December 28, 2011

in How to,tips and tricks

We’ve covered that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60 Beta has been released in fact MBAM 1.60 stable has been released and available for download from their website. This version gets Chameleon technology and comes with other improvements and bug fixes over the previous version.

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What is Malwarebytes Chameleon technology all about?

As we all know most users use MBAM when their Computer is infected with malware that can’t be removed by Antivirus and Anti-spyware programs, though MBAM is very effective in detecting threats, malware and fake anti-viruses user does need to run on infected system where malware can block it from running this is where this new technology comes into play where it  keeps running MBAM even though blocked by infection.

How Malwarebytes Chameleon runs MBAM on infected system?

First of all after installing MBAM on your computer mbam-chameleon app is located in the following folder

“C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware\Chameleon” .

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When this app is called by MBAM (the case when it is blocked by malware or other apps) or run by user manually

  • a DOS window appears user needs to press any key to continue
  • after  which installs the much needed driver and protects MBAM.exe path here it is "C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware\mbam.exe"
  • Updates MBAM after updating is done kills malicious processes that running in the background that prevents MBAM from running
  • After that chameleon tries to run MBAM.exe which opens MBAM window and starts scanning for threats.

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Testing Malwarebytes Chameleon in your Computer?

If you’re curious about how this technology works, MBAM placed some sample programs for testing in Chameleon folder which you can test one by one if a black DOS window appears on first test then it’s confirmed that that Chameleon is working

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Marcin Kleczynski December 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Thanks for the great review! We’re excited to have this technology a part of our product.

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Venkat December 30, 2011 at 9:14 am

You’re welcome, thanks for making chameleon technology available in free version as well.

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