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Windows 7: The Dangers Of Freebies.


17 Mar 2010   #1
JMH

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The Dangers Of Freebies.

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The internet is rife with free tools from anything to everything (almost) - from free HTML web editors to free applications to free games and so on.

We’ve been in this situation before. Sometimes out of curiosity or “affluenza” (also known as “I-GOTTA-HAVE-IT-NOW-NO-MATTER-WHAT”), we are tempted to install some of these free tools and applications from the web.

The unfortunate problem with freebies is that unless you know the source of where you download the tools from and whether the software author who created the application is credible, you are literally at the whims and mercy of the author should you choose to download and install the application.

To make matters worse, some download websites don’t even bother to check and verify every piece of software application that was uploaded to their website. Some do not even bother to perform any kind of anti-virus scanning of the uploaded software.
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The Dangers Of Freebies | SophosLabs blog

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17 Mar 2010   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Even if you are lucky and the freebie you have downloaded is exactly what it is supposed to be, there remains this IMO unethical behavior of the installer. Big part of the normal users just click Install, Next, Next... without noticing that by default they installed a couple of useless toolbars and maybe a desktop shortcut to some '50 mp3's for Free!' junk site.

Good read. Thanks, Jan.

Kari
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17 Mar 2010   #3

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there

even more annoying are the "Sneakware" type of programs that sucker people into "Free Download" for example -- yes the Download is free but the Program isn't - or those other sort of applications that offer to find a driver for you from their enormous database -- but then you have to PAY to actually load it once the system has found it for you.

There are loads of cases where the "blurb" boasts free this and free that -- but if you investigate further any of the features you might actually want are PAY FOR "add ons" or only available in a "Pro" version.

I don't like ANY of these tactics and I certainly wouldn't allow any Remote program to run on my machines - especially things like registry scans / cleaners etc.

There's nothing wrong with genuine freeware or open source - but ensure it does what it says it does and comes from a RELIABLE source.

Cheers
jimbo
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17 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

After scaring the life out of you and making you wonder if any of your freebies are not what they seem, you get to the bottom of the article and there is a link to download their the latest threat detection tool.

Mmm, wonder what was on their agenda?
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17 Mar 2010   #5

 
 

"Big part of the normal users just click Install, Next, Next...", well said Kari!
Everytime i go to my girlfriend's i have to clean her pc (3 children at home... !... but sometimes she's not better... )...
No way to make them understand!
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17 Mar 2010   #6

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit,Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit,Windows XP sp3 home
 
 

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20 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scoopeeedoo View Post
"Big part of the normal users just click Install, Next, Next...", well said Kari!
Everytime i go to my girlfriend's i have to clean her pc (3 children at home... !... but sometimes she's not better... )...
No way to make them understand!
I couldn't agree more they just click click and click and then wonder why they have 5 toolbars and ect. Also the freebie trial version you can't entirely remove is another one. Without some registry editing. Fabe
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20 Mar 2010   #8

 
 

Those 'last second click' sneaky toolbars are particularly annoying when it's a newer version a long time trusted app that never included them before.

I can understand the reasoning, but it doesn't mean I have to like it. I always check before clicking next...
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20 Mar 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

I always give some extra brownie points to be used in the future for those companies / software producers which default these extras as 'Not Install', so that user must especially choose the extras to be installed.
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