Antimalware company Malwarebytes did a very nice thing recently. They let anyone try their Anti-Malware Premium software product for one year completely free of charge. The amnesty is aimed at those users who either use pirated copies of the product, or entered fake product activation codes to use the product without paying anything for it.
I am a great fan of Malwarebytes’ software. I use the free editions of all three of their core products: Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit.
Even if you never heard of these programs, believe me, that they are great. And now you can try the flagship program completely for free for 12 months. That’s a deal nobody should refuse.
Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Download a copy of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free edition or the free trial of the premium edition.
After the download is complete, check the downloaded file for malware, then launch the installation process.
In case that you already use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free edition or the free trial of the premium edition, launch the program and click on the
You will be presented with the following window:
Unfortunately, you might not have such license codes at hand.
But wait, this is an amnesty program, right? So it’s actually OK to download a key generator (keygen) for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
Once, you have downloaded the keygen and tested it for malware, launch it.
Within the keygen, click on the
You can now enter the ID and key you have generated into the correct boxes in the
Once the product codes are accepted, a green check mark appears next to both boxes and the following screen is presented to you:
And, voila, you are now a user of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium.
And according to Malwarebytes amnesty rules, your fake license codes will be soon deactivated but:
we will issue you a brand new key with 12 free months of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium with our apologies for any inconvenience.
I guess good marketing still exists among software producers. I am sure that Malwarebytes will get a lot of attention for its amnesty idea. And in 12 months their user base will be that much larger. Even if many users will not want to continue paying $25 for the program every year and will uninstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware after the free 12-month period, they will still keep Malwarebytes in high regard.
All in all, the problem with great proprietary software is always price. A price point that’s sensible in the United States or Germany, is way too much in less developed parts of the world.
I remember that 20+ years ago almost all companies in Eastern Europe were using pirated copies of Microsoft Windows — because buying it was too damn pricey. Today, you would be hard-pressed to find even one small company that uses any pirated software at all. Prices simply went down and buying software legally became easily accessible to all market participants.
Update (September 4, 2015)
Well, it didn’t take Malwarebytes too long to step back from its amnesty policy. Too bad, seemed like a promising and creative way to fight piracy.
Instead of the original amnesty landing page that looked liked this:
…you get an error page that looks like this:
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