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Windows 7: Trying to play Blu-ray discs & cant get it to work. Tried VLC, no dice

26 Jun 2011   #11
Ponmayilal

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dixon Butz View Post
Stay away form Shark's codecs unless you like drive by installs of toolbars and other malware.
How can that be recommended anymore? .....
Perhaps you are the first one to state that Shark's codecs installs toolbars and malware and should be shunned. Pray be specific and tell us which tool bar/s it installs without your acceptance and the specific malware.

I have been using Shark 007's codecs ever since Windows 7 was released and have not come across any such toolbar forced on me or any malware and I am not a kid.


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26 Jun 2011   #12
Dixon Butz

Win7 x64 X2, Win 8.0 x64, Win8.1 x64, Quad Boot
 
 

It installs 2 toolbars with no option to opt out.
There is an opt out for weatherbug.
It changes your default search engine without your permission.
It installs windows live sign in assistant without your permission.
This is from the latest version from last week.
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26 Jun 2011   #13
Ponmayilal

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

What is the other toolbar forced on you?

And what is the malware you found?
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26 Jun 2011   #14
Dixon Butz

Win7 x64 X2, Win 8.0 x64, Win8.1 x64, Quad Boot
 
 

It installs 2 toolbars. Bing and Ask I think.
It may have installed more. As soon Winpatrol started barking with all the changes, I hit the reset button and restored an image I made just before installing this.
I call it malware because it hijacks your system without your permission.
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26 Jun 2011   #15
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dixon Butz View Post
It installs 2 toolbars. Bing and Ask I think.
It may have installed more. As soon Winpatrol started barking with all the changes, I hit the reset button and restored an image I made just before installing this.
I call it malware because it hijacks your system without your permission.
Yep, It installs both those now.

There is some discussion about it at his forums.

Ask Toolbar installations.

So BingBar installs automatically now?
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26 Jun 2011   #16
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I can confirm as well.

I used to always use, recommend, and support Sharks codecs. But, sadly, I find a hard time doing so now.


Ask Toolbar is one thing I would never have on any of my machines. So that in itself is a deal breaker for me.

Weather Bug is optional, but there is no choice for Bing and Ask.
If you do not want them on your machine, do not use the codec package is the only solution.
Which is the route I took.
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26 Jun 2011   #17
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
I can confirm as well.

I used to always used, recommend, and was a supporter of Sharks codecs. But, sadly, I find a hard time doing so now.


Ask Toolbar is one thing I would never have on any of my machines. So that in itself is a deal breaker for me.

Weather Bug is optional, but there is no choice for Bing and Ask.
If you do not want them on your machine, do not use the codec package is the only solution.
Which is the route I took.
I understand he provides the packs for free by including those toolbars to help pay the bills, that being said an opt out would be nice. He does have some reg entries that I can confirm will prevent the toolbars from installing, check the links above.
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26 Jun 2011   #18
Ponmayilal

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Pertaining to the Ask Toolbar, on 10 Jun 2011 Shark 007 had indicated "If you were to use a current release, you'd see an opt out option during install." It is in the link provided by derekimo.

For Bing Shark007 had already provided the registry files to prevent it.

Honestly, considering the benefits brought about by his codec packs these had never bothered me to an extent of calling them malware and shun his codec pack altogether. Revo uninstaller is always there to uninstall the unwanted intrusions.
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26 Jun 2011   #19
Dixon Butz

Win7 x64 X2, Win 8.0 x64, Win8.1 x64, Quad Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ponmayilal View Post
Pertaining to the Ask Toolbar, on 10 Jun 2011 Shark 007 had indicated "If you were to use a current release, you'd see an opt out option during install." It is in the link provided by derekimo.

For Bing Shark007 had already provided the registry files to prevent it.

Honestly, considering the benefits brought about by his codec packs these had never bothered me to an extent of calling them malware and shun his codec pack altogether.
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There is no opt out for ask in the June 20 release. If he said that he is lying.
So you would recomend this system hijacker/spyware?
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26 Jun 2011   #20
Ponmayilal

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I checked installing the latest Shark007 codec pack v2.9.0. Contrary to what Shark007 had stated it still installs ask toolbar without any option.

I would still not go to the extent of calling Askbar as system hijacker/spyware.(In fact, Ask Jeeves was one of my favourites in the early days )

By default these bars - both Bing and Ask - remain disabled in IE. (Though I knew these were present I never felt any ill effects, and I have not come to grief so far. My homepage has not been hijacked. My default search engine remains the same.)

As I had indicated earlier, if one is averse to these totally he may easily uninstall the two using Revo Uninstaller. No problemo.
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