Its tough for PUPs to survive against Junkware Removal Tool integrated Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes Corporation has acquired Junkware Removal Tool, popularly downloaded security tool on download sites, this tool has been downloaded over 4 million times on Bleeping Computer.com. Malwarebytes has an aggressive policy against Potentially Unwanted Programs, by acquiring JRT, they’re saying again they want to fight hard against PUPs.
Malwarebytes gets Junkware Removal Tool
For the uninitiated, “Junkware Removal Tool is a security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your computer. A common tactics among freeware publishers is to offer their products for free, but bundle them with PUPs in order to earn revenue. This tool will help you remove these types of programs from your computer.”
JRT owner and developer, Filipos Mouliatis will join the Malwarebytes research team. This is what he said on his tool acquisition.
“Malwarebytes is a highly respected anti-malware and anti-exploit company that I’ve known of for years, so I was excited to hear about the possibility of working together,” said Mouliatis. “I look forward to helping further develop software that will destroy potentially unwanted programs such as adware and spyware.”.
Junkware Removal Tool’s future as standalone
It may take months for the Malwarebytes team to add JRT technologies into its anti-malware product line, till then or after (?) this tool will be available as a standalone product.
This is an advanced tool, doesn’t install, it runs in a command window and doesn’t give control to users in removing the adware it detected. Malwarebytes might change that.