Do you use a pirated version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware? Has someone sold you a counterfeit code for the application, or have you simply lost your key? Don't worry about it, Malwarebytes forgives everything. The company has recently launched an "Amnesty Program" which offers any Windows user a replacement key for the product. The new code you receive will work for the next 12 months, so there's plenty of time for you to enjoy the free premium functionality.
As far as I understand, Malwarebytes is losing a lot of money because of piracy and this was the best solution they could find. The company's announcement states that the new keys will be exclusive for each client while the older ones will gradually be taken out of commission. In order to take advantage of this (let's call it) offer the users will have to go to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware's window and choose from the two available options:
- “I’m not sure where I got my key, or I downloaded it from the Internet” - which basically means that you may have pirated the application; if you choose this one, you will be given a genuine key that will work for the next 12 months.
- “I purchased my key.”- which means that you already are a paying customer of the premium version; in case you select this option you will be given a code that will be valid for the same period as your original key would have lasted.
Malwarebytes is a security company which develops a lot of security tools that are actually very useful. Its most popular product, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, is one of the best tools of its kind on the market and even has a freeware version. However, the premium version of the application costs about $25 and paying customers will most likely be dissatisfied with the fact that others get the same product for free. This is why, while explaining the reasoning behind this change Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of the company, stated: "I know this doesn't excuse those who feel cheated because they bought the software. I am happy to work with you on some free shirts, or a free copy of anti-exploit as you continue to support us through this process."