Enigma Sues Malwarebytes After PUP Accusations

Enigma files complaint against Malwarebytes after PUP classifications…

BleepingComputer isn’t the only one with a target on their back.  Enigma is also bringing legal action against Malwarebytes.  According to PRLeap, Enigma’s suit claims their competitor used false advertising, unfair competition, and tortious interference with contractual relations when they categorized Enigma’s SpyHunter and RegHunter as Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP).

Enigma has reported that in the last eight years, Malwarebytes has never classified their programs as PUPs.  So why now?  Theorist suggests there are two motives.  First, is financial.  If Malwarebytes classifies their competitor’s anti-malware program, SpyHunter as a PUP, Enigma will see a dip in their bottom line.  Another theory suggests Malwarebytes is using this as a pressure technique.  According to PRLeap, BleepingComputer, who also is in litigation with Enigma, is one of Malwarebytes largest affiliates.  Since BleepingComputer’s suit is still pending, this could pressure Enigma to settle.

What do you think?  Is Malwarebytes pushing the envelope to help BleepingComputer in anyway they can?  Or do you believe Malwarebytes believes these two programs are PUPs and are simply protecting users’ PCs?

The full complaint can be found here.

 

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24 thoughts on “Enigma Sues Malwarebytes After PUP Accusations

  1. I installed spyhunter etc and it trashed my Sony Vaio.. removing it’s identity and disabling part of flash memory..
    I uninstalled both programs and restored machine to an earlier backup…

  2. Enigma should be grateful that it is only listed as a PUP. Spyhunter is more like a rogue program that lists false-positives and then tries to charge to eliminate them fully.

    I assist in the malware removal forums and always ask those that I am helping to uninstall this rubbish but after uninstalling it I find other Spyhunter remnants scattered around that have to be manually deleted.

    If Enigma thinks that by trying to sue well-respected organisations it will enable them to gain publicity they have shot themselves in the foot because I have yet to hear from anyone, (who is not employed by them), who has a good word to say about them and their dodgy products.

  3. I tried spy hunter and found it to be a nuisance, could not uninstall had to do a system restore to get rid of it, definitely a PUP

  4. The End user always has the option to “whitelist” whatever he/she chooses. Definition of a PUP starts with potentially, so I don’t see Enigma winning a lawsuit, unless Malwarebytes has a “sucky legal team:)

  5. The fact that Enigma is just trying to sue anyone for exercising their right to free speech is insane. If people can’t make honest reviews of products for fear of a lawsuit then how are we supposed to trust anything we read from now on? Personally, I believe that Enigma software titles are PUPs and Malwarebytes is well within their rights to add it to their blacklist. I’ve personally used MBAM, Spyhunter and Reghunter and the Enigma software is not only for their most part completely useless but I feel it also does more harm than good to a computer. Also, the Geek Squad (a brand internationally recognized) uses MBAM as part of their integrated virus scans and they use it as a standalone scanner frequently as well. Enigma is just grasping at straws. They were a poor company before and they are just trying to make a bigger name for themselves by suing anyone they can. It’s brought their name into the limelight, but people should boycott them because of what their doing.

  6. For what it’s worth, Malwarebytes always has been unobtrusive and easy to use for me, both the full monty and the free version. Years ago, I had a devil of a time getting rid of all the last vestiges of SpyHunter. In America, it seems that you just are not behaving normally if you aren’t suing someone. All in all, I’d say this legal stuff just bears out the old Japanese axiom that all business is war.

    • I don’t see anywhere that anybody is complaining that Malabytes is a bad program, they are in fact a great program but it doesn’t mean they aren’t doing what they are claimed to have been doing and that they aren’t open for a lawsuit.

  7. I have used Malware Bytes and Anti-Exploit software for two years. They have always responded to concerns I have raised. One was memory hog so they showed me how to bypass in my AV software and recently a free open source program I used to clean much like CCleaner Pro became a PUP . A check on Google showed complaints so I removed, Another PUP I questioned and they replied it was a false positive and would be corrected in next definitions updates, which it was

  8. Any one who has had SpyHunter or RegHunter on their computer can attest to the fact that they bog your computer down. They also are very difficult to uninstall. Definitely rogue programs.

  9. The simple fact that Spyhunter will piggyback itself with other programs and “sneak” on your system classifies it as a PUP. On the other hand, Malwarebytes is obtained by the user, on purpose. Not to mention the fact, malwarebytes is a quality program whereas spyhunter sucks. And I wouldn’t touch reghunter with anyones computer for fear of the havoc it would create.

  10. I have been using Malwarebytes AM for years now – no problems.
    I will continue using them. If they say a software I didn’t install is on my computer and should be deleted, that’s what I’ll do.

  11. I’m not surprised. There’s a lot of corruption going on these days with corporations and starting with our government. Most corporation officials no there is no punishment for it and our government is setting the standard.

  12. In my opinion the lawsuits have about as much merit as Enigma’s worthless software…
    I don’t consider it potentially unwanted as much as I consider it COMPLETELY UNWANTED SOFTWARE…
    Enigma could not pay me to have it on my machine…
    Bleeping Computer and Malwarebytes on the other hand, are very reputable companies….

  13. I use other malware programs & Malwarebytes has not had a problem with them.
    .RegHunter and SpyHunter are just “FAIR” programs that basically want your money as they sneak onto the PC(I have tried them & gag me with a spoon…they missed a lot.

  14. As many years as I’ve used Malwarebytes, I don’t think I’ve found legitimate programs referred to as Pups after a scan.

  15. I have always found Malwarebytes to be a very dependable and upright company. I think there must be more to the story that the competitors are not revealing for their own gain

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