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Unwanted download programs

Good article taken from PCPitstop's Tech Talk

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/safe-software-download-sites

Had an experience trying to get an Open Source converter this last week from C/net and had crapware Search Protector included without any notice on the d/l. No uninstaller included, showed in registry and a string to programs but took a lot of forensic time to remove. This is a prob that's only going to grow in the future with unashamed greed on the web. C/net's off limits to me.

created by Mariner on Jan 25, 2014 at 08:10:49 am     Comments: 6

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I had a problem with something I got from C/Net last week, just got rid of the last one 2 days ago. 3 little add-ons to a stupid little puzzle game, Unblock Me. One rider was called Great Arcade Hits and it hung on after I used each ones uninstaller. It inserted underlined ads in random text on certain websites, including this one but not Facebook, and it would not let me back out with the back arrow, just kept reloading the page. Found this site http://botcrawl.com/how-to-remove-greatarcadehits/, got rid of it in about 10 seconds.

posted by nana on Jan 25, 2014 at 09:12:49 pm     #  

Solution: don't download and install crapware.

posted by anonymouscoward on Jan 25, 2014 at 09:15:15 pm     #  

yeah, gee, thanks for explaining that, Mr. Obvious! lol

posted by nana on Jan 25, 2014 at 09:35:06 pm     #   2 people liked this

nana posted at 08:35:06 PM on Jan 25, 2014:

yeah, gee, thanks for explaining that, Mr. Obvious! lol

It is true though. Vast majority of messed up computers I've seen were where someone downloaded games and apps from fly-by-night outfits. Research stuff and stick to "name brands" or true Open Source compliant stuff.

posted by anonymouscoward on Jan 25, 2014 at 10:47:34 pm     #   1 person liked this

I know, AC. I had used C/NET for tons of stuff but not for the last year or so. I never even knew this kind of thing was happening on once-trusted sites, I had no idea I needed to research anything! I do now, and I will, thanks for the advice! :) love ya, man!

Forgot to say thanks to Mariner, I appreciate that info!

posted by nana on Jan 25, 2014 at 11:13:18 pm     #  

I just had this happen yesterday, need an old english font called diploma, it asked to install crapware but by going over it i found were to opt out of most of it, it still installed something though, had to uninstall the little add on later. think i need to do a thorough check though, think malwarebites, spybot and a complete virus scan might help.

posted by MIJeff on Jan 26, 2014 at 01:19:56 pm     #