Malwarebytes has acquired Junkware Removal Tool, a utility which removes adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from computer systems.
Announced on Monday via a forum post by Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski, the antivirus provider said the acquisition shows how "serious we are about potentially unwanted programs which often trick users into getting installed and provide no real value to the end user."
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Junkware Removal Tool , developed by Filipos Mouliatis, is a utility which searches for and eradicates adware, toolbars and PUPs from computer systems. In order to generate revenue, some freeware software publishers bundle these components in with their own software, gaining money but potentially clogging up user PCs with unwanted, memory-hogging and advert-laden software.
While we must expect freeware developers to earn money for their time in some way, PUPs are often an irritation and can be difficult and time-consuming to remove manually.
Under the terms of the deal, Mouliatis will be joining the Malwarebytes research team in Houston, Texas, and will help integrate the tool within the mainline Malwarebytes Anti-Malware product.
The security firm says that Junkware Removal Tool will remain as a standalone piece of software for current users, at least until the functionality is replicated within Malwarebytes' offering over the next few months.
"Let's face it, PUPs are a growing problem, and the Junkware Removal Tool is a fantastic addition to strengthen our ability to address them.
We're proud to be integrating this technology. Not only that, Filipos' creativity and ingenuity are great additions to the Malwarebytes team. With this move and others to come, we're doubling down on expanding our PUP protections, and our customers will see the benefits very soon."
Junkware Removal Tool has been downloaded over four million times online.
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