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	Last Updated: Oct 12, 2015 

	We believe you have the right to a malware-free existence. We also believe just as strongly that you have the right to privacy. That's why we support (and contribute to) the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other organizations devoted to protecting online privacy. This fundamental belief shapes our privacy policy below. Please, if you have any questions or suggestions, don't hesitate to contact us at 
 Caution: Legalese ahead.       

When Do We Collect Your Information?

	We may collect your information: (1) when you interact with certain portions of our website, such as our forums, blogs, and support center ("Website Collection"); (2) when you license and use our software ("Software Collection"); and (3) when you communicate with us by email, chat, or otherwise ("Dialogue Collection").   


	We collect your information when expected and in expected places on our website.          

How Do We Collect Your Information?


	Some information you provide to us directly. For example, when you post comments, ask questions in our blog, or fill out a user profile. Also, we may collect and store all posted forum and blog information and user profiles and make them available for public viewing.   


	We collect your information when you give it to us or post in forums or blogs.     


	We collect information through "cookies," which are text files saved by your browser when you log into our software or services. We may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to identify that you have logged in, to tell us how and when you interact with our software or services, and to check aggregate usage and web traffic. Unlike persistent cookies, session cookies are deleted when you log off and close your browser. If you prefer, you can always change your browser options to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting cookies. However, if you do not accept cookies you may not be able to access the entirety of our software and services.   


	We also collect your information using "cookies" when you visit our website. You can prevent this method of information collection if you like.     

Account Registration 

	If you create an account with us through a third party like Facebook or Twitter ("SNS Accounts") you may have to provide us with your user name or user ID so that we can authenticate your identity.   


	We collect your information when you create an account.     

Software Functionality 

	Our software collects information about your use of the software as well as transfers of information between your computers that run the software and our servers. This is necessary to ensure our software is operating correctly and to confirm the status of your license of our software.    


	We collect information about your Malwarebytes(R) license.          

What Information Do We Collect?

	We may collect both personally identifiable information ("PII") and non-personally identifiable information ("Non-PII"). PII is information that is either expressly provided by you, such as your name, or information that can be used either alone or in combination with other information to personally identify you, such as your email address, phone number, and user name. Non-PII is all information that is not PII or is information that was PII but which we modify and/or aggregate with other data in order to make it Non-PII.   


	There are two types of information we collect: personal and non-personal.          

How Do We Use Pii?

	Other than with respect to the exceptions below, we do not share PII with third parties. We use PII solely for shaping our external communication and messaging efforts.   


	With few exceptions, we don't share your personal information with a third party.          



	Our servers automatically record information about how a person ("User") uses our software or services ("Log Data"). Log Data may include a User's Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, operating system, web page that the User was visiting before accessing our server, search terms, and the pages or features of our software or services accessed by the User and the time spent there. We may share Log Data with Google Analytics. Google's privacy policy is available at Click here to view Google's privacy policy.   


	Exception #1: We share your information with Google for analytical purposes.     

Third-Party Service Providers

	We may engage third-party service providers to administer and provide our services. We may provide PII to such third parties only for the purpose of performing services on our behalf. We require such third parties to agree not to disclose your PII or use your PII for any other purpose.   


	Exception #2: If we give your information to a partner company, they won't use your information outside of our business relationship.     

Business Transactions

	Information that we collect from Users, including PII, is considered a business asset. Accordingly, if we go out of business or enter bankruptcy, or if we are acquired, e.g., as a result of a transaction such as a merger, acquisition, or asset sale, your PII may be disclosed or transferred to the third-party acquirer in connection with the transaction.   


	Exception #3: If someone buys us or we go bankrupt, your information may be transferred to someone else.     

Governmental; Law Enforcement

	We may disclose PII to government agencies, law enforcement officials, and private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary: (1) to satisfy or comply with any applicable law, regulation or legal process; (2) to respond to lawful requests, including subpoenas, warrants or court orders; (3) to protect our property, rights and safety and the rights, property and safety of third parties or the public in general; and (4) to prevent or stop activity we consider to be illegal or unethical.   


	Exception #4: If the government asks for your information, we may comply.     


	We may share your PII with third-party sites or platforms, such as social networking sites, but only if you have expressly requested that we do so. Similarly, by posting profile, content, or other information, including PII to a forum or blog, you indicate your consent to its public use.   


	Exception #5: If you post your information in one of our forums or on the blog, well, that's public.     


	We take commercially reasonable measures to protect PII from unauthorized access, use, and disclosure. However, no method of transmitting information over the Internet or storing information is completely secure. Accordingly, we can't guarantee the absolute security of your PII.   


	Stuff happens.     


	Our website may contain links to other websites and services. Any information that you provide on or to a third-party website or service is provided directly to the owner of the website or service and is subject to that party's privacy policy. Our Privacy Policy does not apply to such websites or services and we are not responsible for the content, privacy, or security practices and policies of those websites or services.   


	Our privacy policy doesn't apply when you visit sites we link to.     


	You may access and modify the PII associated with your use of our services at any time by contacting us at If you want us to delete your PII, your forum account, or your support account, please contact us at with your request. We will delete your information as soon as possible; however, some information may remain in archived/backup copies for our records or as otherwise required by law.   


	We'll delete or modify your information if you ask.     


	Your PII may be transferred to, and maintained on, computers located outside of your state, province, country, or other governmental jurisdiction where the privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your jurisdiction. If you are located outside the United States and choose to provide your PII to us, we may transfer your PII to the United States and process it there.   


	If you're not in the U.S., we may transfer your information to the U.S.     


	Our services are not directed to children under eighteen, and we do not knowingly collect PII from children under thirteen. If we learn that we have collected PII of a child under thirteen we will delete such information from our files as soon as possible, provided, however, that some information may remain in archived/backup copies for our records or as otherwise required by law.   


	We don't knowingly collect information on children, and delete it if we inadvertently do collect it.          


	Any information that we collect is subject to our privacy policy in effect at the time such information is collected. We may, however, modify and revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you of such changes by posting them on our website or by sending you an email or other notification.   


	We'll let you know if we revise our privacy policy.     

	QUESTIONS? Please contact us at if you have any questions about our Privacy Policy.          

Software Collection Addendum

	We maintain and use the information we receive via Software Collection in the manner described below:     

User-Agent String 

	Each API communication coming from any of our client software identifies itself with a string that includes information about the software itself: 

 	 The program and build which is sending the request 
 	 The current license state (as identified by the product) 
 	 Which subcomponent of the application triggered this notification
 	 The version of the software as well as any subcomponents (currently, databases) that it uses


	So we can manage your Malwarebytes product and ensure that it is up to date.     

Geoip Data 

	When we collect data from our client systems, we do not retain the IP address from which the request originates. However, we do use it to gather geographic information on the system calling in: 

 	 A location item indicating the continent, country, city, and approximate latitude/longitude of the user 
 	 The type of connection (dialup/broadband/satellite/mobile) 
 	 The ISP through which the connection is made
 	 The organization to which the IP address is licensed, if any


	So our malware intelligence team can track malware outbreaks and patterns.     

Client Data

	We collect client data from each program that describe the client environment (i.e., our software and the computer system it is running on.) For this data we identify each system with a unique identifier that is created at install time, so it is possible to track changes to an individual system over time. In this, we collect: 

 	 The operating system the program is installed on 
 	 The system language in use on that system 
 	 The processor architecture (i.e., 32- or 64-bit)
 	 The file system in use (i.e., FAT32) 
 	 Information from the Windows Security Center, including security settings and programs in use


	So we can gather performance data around our products and how they operate in relation to different hardware and software environments.     

License Data

	We collect data from products which have a paid or licensed mode reflecting the applicable license. These data also use a unique identifier, but a different one from the client data; as such, we can track license changes over time but cannot correlate a license key to a client data report. In this, we collect: 

 	 The key or keys used to license the current product 
 	 If it represents a console system, the number of seats being managed by that installation of the console.
 	 Endpoint domain information


	So we can remind you when your Malwarebytes subscription is about to expire or to determine the correct license type.     

Malware Data

	We collect data about the malware that is removed by our products. This information does not use a system identifier; it is not possible to correlate two different malware removals with each other. We collect: 

 	 The vendor name of the malware removed 
 	 An encrypted description of which database rule was used to remove the malware in question
 	 Information related to portable executables


	So our malware intelligence team can track malware outbreaks and the efficacy of Malwarebytes products.     

Trial Data 

	When a client attempts to start a trial, we track it remotely in order to validate that the trial is allowed. For this information we use another unique system identifier. We collect: 

 	 The client's request for a trial 
 	 The start date and duration of the trial provided 
 	 Any attempted conversion/purchase generated by clicking an in-app link, so that it can be correlated with a trial


	So we can update your Malwarebytes products accurately and when they need it.     

Exploit Data

	In all Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit products (beginning with the 1.4 release) we collect a complex data object for any exploit process which is blocked by the software. In this data we collect: 

 	 Process ID of the exploit process
 	 File path of exploit process 
 	 MD5 hash of the exploit payload, if any
 	 Command-line arguments passed to the exploit
 	 A list of URLs describing the payload request made by the exploit, including redirect jumps if any 
 	 Exploit payload files
 	 Exploit file-format (doc, pdf, xls, etc…)
 	 (Potentially) a copy of the exploit executable itself


	So our malware intelligence team can track exploit outbreaks and deepen its understanding of new exploit techniques.     

Analytics And Marketing Services

	We use the following analytics and marketing services so that we can deliver a better experience to visitors to our website. 

 	 Google Analytics 
 	 Google Remarketing 

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