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Pay Attention by installing Freeware Programs!
« on: September 04, 2013, 03:17:04 pm »
Kaltxì ma frapo,

That happend to me today: I was installing a freeware software that had also a tool named "Delta Toolbar" which you can "normaly" uncheck the "install too" box. I did that, but this toolbar will be also installed too, regardless of whether the check box has been selected or not! I needed a whole day to remove that "toolbar". This software is like an adware, spyware or a fake program that infect your browser (FF, IE etc) and start to spy!
Fortunately, I was able to delete this stuff completely from my computer, and it isn't an aggressive program.

I deleted it mostly manually, but I also used Malwarebytes Free to search and delete some rests of it. PC now completely clean. :)
^This was from log file

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Re: Pay Attention by installing Freeware Programs!
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2013, 04:18:04 pm »
Yeah, totally! Don't download any sketchy things, ever.

I'm Google Chrome (well.. Chrome OS but still), so I only install stuff from the Google Chrome Web Store. :)

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Re: Pay Attention by installing Freeware Programs!
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2013, 04:21:12 pm »
I guess, you have an Android tablet <- Oe ke tse'a :-[... I think, this don't affect you. :)

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Re: Pay Attention by installing Freeware Programs!
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2013, 04:24:55 pm »
I guess, you have an Android tablet... I think, this don't affect you. :)

Yeah, my Nexus 7 with Chrome for Android installed as default browser..
But I primarily use a Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. :)
I do have also a Windows 7 / Linux Mint Olivia netbook. (also with Chrome as default browser)

I think this mainly affects Windows users, right? Because you go to those weird download sites and they give you an .exe that has a install wizard that installs other weird windows-y stuff and toolbars and what not. OR at least I only experienced this kind of stuff in all my time on Windows but no other OS. :-\ ???

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Re: Pay Attention by installing Freeware Programs!
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2013, 04:37:25 pm »
Stay away from "install wizard" - type stuff. You are opening your kimono because you give permission to an unknown app to do unknown things to your machine.

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Re: Pay Attention by installing Freeware Programs!
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2013, 04:41:05 pm »
If this affect Windows only, I don't know. It wasn't a "weird" download, that is why I wonder...
As I installed a complete harmless program, while the installation it was a check box where I could choose to install that toolbar too.
I didn't choose it, but it just ignored my choise and installed that stuff... >:(

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Re: Pay Attention by installing Freeware Programs!
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2013, 04:43:23 pm »
Stay away from "install wizard" - type stuff. You are opening your kimono because you give permission to an unknown app to do unknown things to your machine.
This.
I want to warn other smuk. :)

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Re: Pay Attention by installing Freeware Programs!
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2013, 04:59:09 pm »
Another warning if you download anything from SourceForge: they've pulled a CNET and started bundling crapware (particularly the Ask toolbar) in with some Windows installers, most notably FileZilla.

http://sourceforge.net/blog/today-we-offer-devshare-beta-a-sustainable-way-to-fund-open-source-software/
http://sourceforge.net/devshare/why
http://www.davescomputertips.com/sourceforges-new-installer-bundles-adware/

Personally, I think it's gonna blow up in their faces, hard.  Most people who use open-source software, myself included, won't tolerate that kind of stuff.

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Re: Pay Attention by installing Freeware Programs!
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2013, 05:25:04 pm »
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Malwarebytes Free
That's a good antimalware. :)

Another warning if you download anything from SourceForge: they've pulled a CNET and started bundling crapware (particularly the Ask toolbar) in with some Windows installers, most notably FileZilla.

http://sourceforge.net/blog/today-we-offer-devshare-beta-a-sustainable-way-to-fund-open-source-software/
http://sourceforge.net/devshare/why
http://www.davescomputertips.com/sourceforges-new-installer-bundles-adware/

Personally, I think it's gonna blow up in their faces, hard.  Most people who use open-source software, myself included, won't tolerate that kind of stuff.
Thanks for your message.
(I love the word ''crapware'' you used.)

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Re: Pay Attention by installing Freeware Programs!
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2013, 05:34:31 pm »
The other way to mitigate the problem is to use sandboxie when installing things, to check exactly what changes the installar makes.

 

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