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Windows 7: Freemake Video Products

14 Jun 2013   #1
edee

Windows 8 Pro / Windows 7 Home Premium x64 dual boot
 
 
Freemake Video Products

It is my understanding that the makers of Freemake products are asking it's
users on their Facebook page to bombard Lifehacker with emails asking them to do
a review of it's products, this post is to the contrary, I have sent an email and am asking Lifehacker NOT to do a review on it for the following reasons.

1.) Freemake products come bundled with crapware, even though one can opt out of
the crapware services.

2.) Freemake products installs WinPCap.exe as a separate program without the
knowledge or consent of the user. In order to install any Freemake product one
must download the downloader, wade through all the crapware and either accept or
deny each one, after which the downloader downloads and runs the installer separately, this
is where WinPCap gets installed without ones knowledge, this is underhanded
because WinPCap is not needed at all and has nothing to do with any the softwares
functionality.

WinPCap is a network packet sniffer and only has two uses, one being is that if you are a network administrator doing a traffic study or second, you are running Wire Shark. Any other use of
WinPCap is nefarious.

Emsisoft Emergency Kit picks up this version of WinPCap as a trojan and a severe
risk.

It is totally up to you as to whether you use their products or not, personally I
would not until Freemake repackages it's download without the downloader,
without the crapware and without WinPCap and offers their software with a
straight forward downloadable executable.

I have tested their software, there is absolutely no need whatsoever for WinPCap
to be installed with any of their software, they all work fine without it, the
only reason I can see myself for the WinPCap install is that Freemake is trying
to capture it's users traffic.


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14 Jun 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

If you still have the EXE, could you upload it to here so we could see what else flags this?

https://www.virustotal.com/en/
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14 Jun 2013   #3
edee

Windows 8 Pro / Windows 7 Home Premium x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
If you still have the EXE, could you upload it to here so we could see what else flags this?

https://www.virustotal.com/en/
That's part of the problem, if you download Freemake products you only get the downloader itself, the downloader after choosing to accept or deny the crapware will then download the executable and automatically run it, I have looked and the install file itself never gets stored on the users PC.

You can see the Virustotal for the downloader here:
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/1...52d0/analysis/

As you can see Nod32 picks up the trojan, which out of all the others I completely trust it's findings.

Win32/OpenCandy Summary:
Adware:Win32/OpenCandy is an adware program that may be bundled with certain third-party software installation programs. Some versions of this program may send user-specific information, including a unique machine code, operating system information, locale (country), and certain other information to a remote server without obtaining adequate user consent. These versions are detected by Microsoft’s anti-malware products.
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14 Jun 2013   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

OpenCandy again eh? Nasty PUP

Id be interested to see a scan from here if you can? Just to see if anything else flags it.

https://www.metascan-online.com
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14 Jun 2013   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Freemake is not considered a infection by the industry.
To me it is a pile of crap and will not use it.
Note: George S. Patton is one of my Hero's
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14 Jun 2013   #6
edee

Windows 8 Pro / Windows 7 Home Premium x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
OpenCandy again eh? Nasty PUP

Id be interested to see a scan from here if you can? Just to see if anything else flags it.

https://www.metascan-online.com
I have found the offline executable on their site, I am uploading it to Metascan now and will post the results directly after the scan.
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14 Jun 2013   #7
edee

Windows 8 Pro / Windows 7 Home Premium x64 dual boot
 
 

Here you go:
https://www.metascan-online.com/en/s...984daf0eb17799

3 threats out of 43 scans found including Win32/OpenCandy
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