Today marks the fifth anniversary of the first public release of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and according to the company, it has removed five billion threats in that time.

Its founder Marcin Kleczynski, who built the anti-malware program from scratch in his college dorm room "to accomplish what his anti-virus could not, said: “Traditional anti-virus does a good job with the known threats but typically isn't as effective against the growing threat of new and emerging malware. That's where we come in.

“With our unique blend of protection and detection technologies and agility as an organisation, we adapt to new threats faster than traditional anti-virus.”

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware product is also marking 200 million downloads since it was first launched.

To celebrate these milestones, the company is making a donation to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

We do hear of anniversaries and another security vendor has already said that it is its 20th anniversary this year, so to make a mark in such a crowded space is commendable. Happy fifth birthday to Malwarebytes and here is to a long and successful future.