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Windows 7: FreeFileSync 613 update

12 Jan 2015   #1

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
FreeFileSync 613 update

Latest FreeFileSync upgrade download scanned by VirusTotal
- Norton reports risk "WS.Reputation.1"

"WS.Reputation.1" is a Norton invention, triggered if not many downloads of an app/program by Norton faithful users.
- I didn't think there were any left
"WS.Reputation.1" has been a lingering thorn for the past 4 years.

What is WS.Reputation.1? | Norton Community
WS.Reputation.1 | Symantec

Duck search:-
- results, lots of "WS.Reputation.1" threads throughout the net

I never allow SourceForge to update, preferring to download FreeFileSync Windows (local and portable version) from here ... and setup as portable.
- no problems over past updates
- are the only download link the author of FreeFileSync promotes.
- sourceforge downloads are bundled with adware

FreeFileSync home page

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12 Jan 2015   #2

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

The FFS website now directs you there. They gave up on SourceForge several releases ago but be careful with this one there is one PUP you need to uncheck.
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12 Jan 2015   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
The FFS website now directs you there. They gave up on SourceForge several releases ago but be careful with this one there is one PUP you need to uncheck.
Thanks for that tip, Kado.

I've always used the "do you want to update now" link to SourceForge from within FFS, but noticed today that it is "unavailable". I hadn't updated in some time, so I guess that's due to SourceForge no longer being used.

So I went to FFS direct. I did catch that PUP (Optimizer Pro), but I have to say I'd never seen an optional PUP offered in quite that way---"basic" you get it; "advanced" you don't.
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12 Jan 2015   #4

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

You can't get away from nasties these days. How-To Geek has been having a rant. Here
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12 Jan 2015   #5

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64

@ kado897

Hi Keith,
It was through this forum I learnt of FFS about 8 months ago
On 2-Sept last (5 months ago) a sourceforge download via FFS site was packed with extras
v6.08 -- Virus Total score -- 7/55 -- all but one, "OpenCandy"
- I have had one experience with OpenCandy about 3 years ago -- once was enough
- so I put v6.08 to one side

Then in October last I received another sorceforge update notification for v6.09
- downloaded v6.09 from all providors I could find -- 3 of them ... scanned with VirusTotal
- similar experience as v6.08
- put v6.08 to one side, I didn't have time to play around with FFS
- as yet I don't have a VM partition on my internet access PC (a case of time is scarce)

The same experience with v6.10, v6.11 .. all put to one side

By v6.12 I found the FreeFileSync download page and read up on the portable option, by using an option in the "installer".
- the "FreeFileSync_6.12_Windows-Setup.EXE" made me nervous, because portables are usually extracted from ZIP files, but luckily there were no hiccups.

So far I have experimented with a sacrificial folder and I just love the slick backup.

Two days ago I received another "update" notification from sourceforge for v6.13
- ignored sourceforge link and went directly to Download FreeFileSync to download score:= 2/56 <<< 2 fails
  1. GData | Win32.Application.Dealply.H
  2. Symantec | WS.Reputation.1
    (b------t ! Is triggered by low downloads count !!? FALSE POSITIVE
    ( What is WS.Reputation.1? | Norton Community
    ( thread dated 2010, problem persists 4 years later ... good one Norton

I probably wasted over an hour researching "WS.Reputation.1"
- my irritation meter blew out and I just had to inform others with this thread

If I get the time in the next few days I will "play" with v6.13 -- again as portable

Thanks for your response, I was not looking for help ...
... just venting my spleen and hoping to warn other newbies that all is not bad, just watch ...
  1. where to download from
  2. Symantec "WS.Reputation.1" is a false positive , it is not even a threat
    - even Norton admit WS.Reputation.1 is not a "threat"
  3. be diligent when running the EXE file, lookout for adware
  4. I recommend the portable option
I will continue to rely on sourceforge notifications, because there is no other notification service that I know of. Although it appears FFS is updated 2nd day of every month

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11 Aug 2015   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64

Just found OpenCandy in a new install of their own website. Antimaleware found it.
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11 Aug 2015   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

Yes. I'm afraid they have gone over to the dark side. It's a pity because it's a great product.
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