Security firm Malwarebytes has announced an amnesty during which it will exchange pirated registration keys for its anti-malware software with legitimate keys.
The amnesty is live now the company said that, regardless of how users came by an unauthorised product, Malwarebytes will be happy to switch it.
The offer does not assume that installations are wilfully pirated, and suggests that some people will have been duped into a download.
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"The internet is full of pioneers and cowboys. It's also got its fair share of pirates and trolls. Some of those bad guys may have duped you into purchasing a counterfeit version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware," the company explained on a Malwarebytes Amnesty programme page.
"Or perhaps we've simply detected a problem with your key. Not to worry. We're here to help.
"Malwarebytes is offering a free replacement key for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium customers who have been inconvenienced by piracy or abuse. This new key will be exclusive to you going forward."
Keys with official 12-month subscriptions for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium will be issued after the completion of a short survey, at which point old keys will be disabled.
Users should check for the option in their Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro or Premium system that describes how the copy came to be acquired.
"Select the option that describes how you originally received your Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro or Premium licence. We'll assign you a new key, and you'll be good to go," said the firm.
Users who select 'I'm not sure where I got my key, or I downloaded it from the internet,' will get a new installation, while those who purchased their copy officially will get a reissued key.
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