Q&A Why so much hate for Malwarebytes for Firefox? Real or propaganda?


Level 32
Content Creator
Malware Tester
Jun 24, 2016
All this data spying paranoia needs to stop.

All software collect data.

There's no such thing as a zero-data collection software. If developers do not gather at least a minimum amount of data, their software wouldn't be able to update. Data gathering is necessary to update software, discover vulnerabilities and perform better.

If a program doesn't collect anything, soon becomes a dead software.

Having said this, it must be pointed out some developers perform excessive data collection, and may or may not use this data for financial purposes, such as selling it to third-parties. This is known to happen with some firms, and nothing has been said about this about MalwareBytes, at least oficially.

Data such as product logs, IP addresses, MAC Address, routine product uses are common information that is gathered when you install a product. Some extensions will monitor every URL you browse in order to update their URL databases.

You must understand, there is no such thing as privacy, but you can try to do you best to protect your information. But, by using Windows, Facebook and Google in any way, your data is already there for them. As well, you need to remember third party software use Facebook, Google and Microsoft services in order to properly work. Meaning, there almost a 99% chance you won't always be able to be anonymous.

So please stop paranoia. It's not mentally healthy.


Level 28
Apr 1, 2019
This is actualy good and one sign of intelligence. its not wise to believe even abit someone tells you. Research, everything, from everyone.

To a point. To a further extent it is a sign of acute paranoia. Questioning everything doesn’t mean everything is out to get you. I’m a fan of being skeptical. But also reasonable. It’s mostly marketers trying to make money.


Level 26
Content Creator
Feb 10, 2017
The negative reviews are simply from people who aren't informed that the extension uses heuristics and behavioural patterns to identify malicious/clickbait content, which leads to a lot of false positives.
In their defence Malwarebytes doesn't state this anywhere in the extension's description.
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Level 30
Content Creator
May 13, 2017
I consider Malwarebytes to be junk, not just the extension, it blocks PUPs and that is about it. I never recommend it and hope, that it will finally die.
As for the privacy, logging visited webpages is obviously something people do not like. I abandoned those extensions because of theirs tracking.


Level 16
Malware Hunter
Jul 27, 2017
You must understand, there is no such thing as privacy, but you can try to do you best to protect your information. But, by using Windows, Facebook and Google in any way, your data is already there for them.

I agree with everything except these two sentences :p

Let me briefly explain what I mean: If you go to a demonstration (as an example I take a demonstration for climate protection), it doesn't mean that I have to limit my consumption to the last in order to protect the planet.
The same with privacy. Just because you use Google and Facebook doesn't mean you have no right to privacy at all. It's worth fighting for privacy and it's even more worth fighting if there are alternatives to software. So if the tracking of the Malwarebytes extension is really so bad and all accusations are true, I would always choose a better alternative.

And in this segment there are enough alternatives, such as piHole, Emsisoft or similar.


Level 4
Apr 29, 2019
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Jan 8, 2011
Most reviews are posted within the first 48 hours, or they are users who don't understand (study) 'what they have installed'. The negative reviews are based on the default settings (as shown below), similar to when an user downloads warez, then complains about their AV blocking it - funny right?

Default settings for Malwarebytes Browser Extension **screenshot posted from Chrome version**:

A solution for the majority of the 1 star ratings is to Disable "Enable clickbait protection". This will STOP the "Western Censorship regime".

Before installing the extension, read the Privacy Policy.