Back in 2004, Marcin Kleczynski picked up a nasty malware infection one day while cruising the Internet in search of video games. This despite having a popular paid antivirus in place. (Sound familiar?)
And it was the family computer.
His parents said, you have to make this right. No big deal, said Marcin. He worked as a computer tech after school. How long could it take to remove a small bit of malicious code?
Try three solid days.
Three days searching the Internet and consulting with other people on security forums like spywareinfoforum.com who had similar problems. Who had also come to the same two conclusions:
- There was a lot of new malware out there.
- Antivirus couldn’t handle it.
So Marcin set out to build the world a better malware fighter. He taught himself code and eventually engineered a small but highly effective anti-malware tool called Rogue Remover (the precursor to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware) that quickly became popular in the security community.
More importantly, in the community Marcin discovered a fanatical band of malware experts. They dissected malicious code, traded malware intel, and helped desperate folks who came to the message boards in search of answers not found in traditional antivirus. On their own dime and their own time.
So when it came to expanding the Malwarebytes team, he hired from this band. They knew what worked, what didn’t, and were completely comfortable breaking with conventional wisdom.
Today, the team numbers more than 200 and is distributed globally, with offices in San Jose, California, Clearwater, Florida, Tallinn, Estonia, and Cork, Ireland.
Malwarebytes products have been downloaded over 200 million times and have removed over five million pieces of malware. The Malwarebytes line has expanded to include purpose-built business products that now protect over 50,000 businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions. Revenue has grown 100% year over year.
Our story is unique, very unique, in the Internet security industry, as are our products. But we reckon you’re reading this because you also have a unique problem.