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  1. Posts : 10,455
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
       #641

    MilesAhead said:
    kado897 said:
    mjf said:
    First define a nasty. I can understand a large hosting site unwittingly hosting suspect installers but why would they inject "nasties" into an installer. I'm in no position to say it doesn't happen but it is a really dumb business practice if it does happen. If it can be shown then maybe we need a list of black banned hosting sites.
    How-to Geek has been on a rant about it for some time. This is an example Yes, Every Freeware Download Site is Serving Crapware (Here?s the Proof)
    Some can be easily removed with MBAM. But some installers contain Conduit along with other PUPs that interfere with notification tray icons. I ran into this with a download of PowerISO. Removing the crap was not fun. That inspired me to run TimeFreeze before trying any install. In the case of PowerISO a right click scan with MBAM showed it contained PUPs. But up to then I had only encountered fairly harmless ones. I installed anyway. Bad move. :)
    Looks interesting.
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  2. Posts : 5,605
    Originally Win 7 Hm Prem x64 Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601-SP1 | Upgraded to Windows 10 December 14, 2019
       #642

    I'm usually on the look-out for Apps for my wife and wanted her to try some that I thought would help, but after reading the permissions section of some of these apps, I'd tell her about them, but advise against using them.
    Lets suppose for the sake of discussion that an App is the same as a Program, has anyone taken the time to view the Permissions section of the app you're about to install? Some of these permissions can be very disconcerting.

    I can understand that because of the app's functions certain permissions are needed such as the mbam app, but why would Quicken, the second example send out emails without the users knowledge plus some of the other permissions that I highlighted in red; Does the Quicken app take pictures and record audio without your knowledge? If you turn it off does it read the Google service configuration and turn itself back on?
    I can understand mbam needing to read, modify or delete the contents of your USB storage in case there is malware in the USB storage, but why does quicken have the same permission?

    Both examples and links are from the google play store.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
    Malwarebytes Free
    Version 1.05.1.1000 can access:

    Device & app history
    retrieve running apps
    read your Web bookmarks and history

    SMS
    receive text messages (SMS)

    Photos/Media/Files
    modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
    read the contents of your USB storage

    Device ID & call information
    read phone status and identity

    Other
    prevent device from sleeping
    full network access
    control vibration
    view network connections
    close other apps
    control Near Field Communication
    modify system settings
    run at startup
    QuickBooks Online Intuit Inc
    Free Version 3.9

    Can access:
    In-app purchases

    Device & app history
    retrieve running apps

    Identity
    find accounts on the device

    Calendar
    read calendar events plus confidential information
    add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owners' knowledge

    Contacts
    read your contacts
    modify your contacts


    Location
    precise location (GPS and network-based)
    approximate location (network-based)

    Photos/Media/Files
    modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
    read the contents of your USB storage


    Camera
    take pictures and videos

    Microphone
    record audio

    Wi-Fi connection information
    view Wi-Fi connections

    Device ID & call information
    read phone status and identity

    Other
    receive data from Internet
    full network access
    view network connections
    prevent device from sleeping
    control vibration
    modify system setting
    read Google service configuration
    Last edited by Anak; 21 Jun 2015 at 12:13. Reason: Punctuation.
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  3. Posts : 5,092
    Windows 7 32 bit
       #643

    Looks interesting.
    I guess I never did submit it to this thread. A nice free tool:
    ToolWiz TimeFreeze

    I had stopped using it for a time. But the 2015 update is much improved.
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  4. Posts : 4,776
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #644

    OC embedded


    mjf said:
    Yes MBAM will pick installers with OpenCandy embedded. If it bothers you delete the installer and move on.
    I'd be interested in an informed discussion. If it has become more devious I'd like to know and I'll steer clear of it.
    Well it's become slightly more devious in that it now has a valid file signature and it used to be an unsigned file.

    OCSetupHlp.dll

    So in the past it could never run on my machine without a prompt to allow from my security software that detects all unsigned executables that attempt to run. Now it requires quarantining manually.

    FREE Great Programs for Windows 7 [2]-spy-spy-warning.jpg

    Admittedly it just offers to install other software but I still don't want it on my machine.
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  5. scr
    Posts : 366
    1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
       #645

    scr said:
    DesktopEarth

    Desktop Earth is a wallpaper generator. It creates desktop backgrounds that are accurate representations of the Earth. The imagery is based on NASA's Blue Marble Next and Earth's City Lights.

    • Day and night is accurately represented depending on the Sun's overhead position, which depends on the time of day and the day of the year.
    • Snow cover and foliage change with the seasons.
    • Spherical or flat (plate carrée) views
    • Real-time cloud imagery from satellite data
    • Includes OpenGL screen saver
    • 33-megapixel (8192x4096) textures so it looks perfect even on 4K monitors

    Available for Windows. Mac & Android coming soon.
    Note: It's a 82 MB download

    Outstanding Imagery with a slew of options. As shown it's using 25 MB of RAM.

    Program Updated to v3.2.42.0 -- Available for Windows, Mac & Android.
    DesktopEarth
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    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
       #646

    Hmm I gave up Desktop Earth - kept on dropping out so am now using the space site from here
    WallpapersWide.com | Space HD Desktop Wallpapers for Widescreen, High Definition, Mobile | Page 1

    Forgot my current favourite
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    W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
       #647

    gt


    have a look at the GT ones right click desktop>personalise>get more themes online> scroll down to GT.

    Roy
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  8. mjf
    Posts : 5,969
    Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
       #648

    Callender said:
    Well it's become slightly more devious in that it now has a valid file signature and it used to be an unsigned file.

    OCSetupHlp.dll
    I'm not promoting OC in any way (!!!) but it used be well known that OCSetuphlp.dll would be stored in appdata. I thought it used to be automatically deleted after installation. Anyway I have the latest version of imgburn and this dll does not exist on my PC and I went looking for it after installation. If they gave it some signed obscure name then I'd get very suspicious.

    I don't know if all installers with OpenCandy behave the same. Maybe some could present serious issues especially if it is some obscure piece of software. So I suppose when in doubt avoid OC.
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  9. scr
    Posts : 366
    1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
       #649

    ICIT2LOL said:
    Hmm I gave up Desktop Earth - kept on dropping out so am now using the space site from here
    WallpapersWide.com | Space HD Desktop Wallpapers for Widescreen, High Definition, Mobile | Page 1

    Forgot my current favourite
    The "drop outs" are unfortunate. I can't say that I've experienced them but then again my Verizon Internet will drop out every weekend in the summer as I'm on a lake. When the weekend crowd hits the lake they overload the Verizon towers. I always hope for rain
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  10. Posts : 4,776
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #650

    Latest versions of Open Candy


    mjf said:
    Callender said:
    Well it's become slightly more devious in that it now has a valid file signature and it used to be an unsigned file.

    OCSetupHlp.dll
    I'm not promoting OC in any way (!!!) but it used be well known that OCSetuphlp.dll would be stored in appdata. I thought it used to be automatically deleted after installation. Anyway I have the latest version of imgburn and this dll does not exist on my PC and I went looking for it after installation. If they gave it some signed obscure name then I'd get very suspicious.

    I don't know if all installers with OpenCandy behave the same. Maybe some could present serious issues especially if it is some obscure piece of software. So I suppose when in doubt avoid OC.
    Well as far as I know OCSetupHlp.dll runs under Task Host Processes (rundll32.exe) and runs only ftom a temp directory so in theory that file shouldn't be found once it has run.

    Microsoft revised their virus/ malware definitions and the latest version of OCSetupHlp.dll gets a clean bill of health. Like you say - older versions could be problematic.
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