First of all, let me state that I consider MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to be one of the best (if not the best) anti-malware products available, and I frequently use and recommend the free version. However, yesterday I noticed something odd:
I was browsing through the MalwareBytes online store, just to see the price of the Pro version, and I noticed that the page had 3 security seals on it. One from Comodo, one from McAfee, and one generic SSL-Secured seal.
The seal from Comodo is legitimate and clickable.
The generic “SSL-Secured” seal is not clickable (I didn’t expect it to be), but it is true; MalwareBytes’s online store is SSL secured, so there’s no problem there.
However, the McAfee Seal is NOT clickable. Odd, I thought, since a McAfee seal needs to be clickable in order to be legitimate. At first, I thought one of my security add-ons was causing issues (NoScript, RequestPolicy, etc.). So, I disabled all my add-ons and restarted Firefox, returning to the page. Alas, the seal was not clickable.
At this point, I still was giving MalwareBytes the benefit of the doubt, and I believed something was causing issues with my Firefox and the seal. So, I tried the test in Internet Explorer; same result – the seal was not clickable.
Furthermore, I went to MalwareByte’s SiteAdvisor page. If the seal is legitimate, then the scorecard will have a McAfee Secure logo on it, such as siteadvisor.com’s scorecard. Nope – MalwareBytes.org’s scorecard does not have a McAfee Secure logo on it. Neither does store.malwarebytes.org’s scorecard.
Looking at the “seal” at store.malwarebytes.org more closely, I discovered that it doesn’t share similar characteristics with legitimate McAfee seals. Normally, when you attempt to right-click a McAfee seal, you receive a warning message:
Copying Prohibited by Law – McAfee Secure is a Trademark of McAfee, Inc.
Try it yourself – right-click the McAfee seal in the top right hand corner of the site. It’ll pop-up a window. You can also try it here, except the seal is at the bottom of the page.
This does not happen with MalwareBytes’s seal…. the seal allows you to right click it, and potentially, copy the image.
…So, what gives?
\Update: MalwareBytes has removed the seal from their site until a clear policy about the seal from McAfee can be put in place.