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Windows 7: Mind the PUP: Top download portals to avoid

22 Mar 2015   #21
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Unchecky was part of a few problem programs on a recent cleanup I did for a client. Serious browser hijacks and "Cannot display webpage" problems until it was removed. Then all was normal.


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22 Mar 2015   #22
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I now run all downloads thru Virus Total before I put it on my machine. The run it thru 60 of all the well known AV programs. And since I do the download and the checking in one of my Linux virtual machines, I am safe from any manipulations. If Virus Total raises red flags, I trash it.

Here is an example of the Picasa downloader from the Cnet site:


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22 Mar 2015   #23
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Cnet is one of the most scary sites on the net.
I won't even go there to read articles let alone download something.
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22 Mar 2015   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Right Jack, that's why I picked it to show the example.
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23 Mar 2015   #25
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I just noticed on mbam site they boast about having a CNet high rating
How can they be so weird to even list anything about CNet being they serve so many with pupware
I imagine even if some dip downloads mbam from CNet
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23 Mar 2015   #26
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Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
I just noticed on mbam site they boast about having a CNet high rating
How can they be so weird to even list anything about CNet being they serve so many with pupware
I imagine even if some dip downloads mbam from CNet
Its funny, isn't it? This is just another example of our backwards society. No matter how bad you are, if you're popular, people will endorse you for their own gain.
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23 Mar 2015   #27
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep possibly mbam passed on CNet's auto pupware addition package
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23 Mar 2015   #28
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I now run all downloads thru Virus Total before I put it on my machine. The run it thru 60 of all the well known AV programs. And since I do the download and the checking in one of my Linux virtual machines, I am safe from any manipulations. If Virus Total raises red flags, I trash it.

Here is an example of the Picasa downloader from the Cnet site:
Whs,

If you have an oem that wouldn't work, you couldn't use an oem in a Virtual Machine. The way you did it, you would need to retail licenses of Windows 7. One for the computer itself, the other for virtual machines.

I just discovered how I got the new bug. If updating Mini-wizzard partition magic don't download it from cnet, use Majorgeeks. I really surprised that CBS allows that to go on.
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23 Mar 2015   #29
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I actually prefer to use my Mint Mate in a virtual machine. It is the safest and malware has no chance.

Yes, CNET is a real malware box. It is rare that a download from them come in clean. Best is to always run everything thru Virus Total. Then you know how the download is.
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