I downloaded the latest version of "GOM media player" (EDIT: for windows) from the following site:
The site says a new version will be released Dec 24th which is not available as of this writing.
The version I got, 18.104.22.16854, has an option under "preferences"(link at the bottom), update tab, to "check the version automatically when you start GOM player".
I unchecked that box, and it STILL tries to connect to the internet when I open the player. This behavior looks suspicious, with a behavior similar to spyware. Is it spyware, or if not what's it doing trying to automatically connect to the internet without permission?
I used google to do some research and found reports that the last version which did NOT exhibit this suspicious behavior was 22.214.171.12499, so i downloaded that and confirmed that indeed it does NOT exhibit any suspicious behavior. (however there are security vulnerabilities identified with the previous versions so it may be unsafe to use them).
So I don't know if the latest version which tries to connect to the internet without permission is reporting back to GOMlabs anything like, a count of each time I start the program, or a record of the files I play, or maybe it's just that the option to not check for updates has a bug and it still checks for updates with the "check for updates" option unchecked in which case it isn't really spyware. I couldn't find any confirmation using google that it is or isn't spyware, (other than a few reports I didn't find creduble on either side like these):
http://www.fbmsoftware.com/spyware-net/App...ion/GOM_Player/ which says no spyware but I don't see the version they checked, and
http://1089blog.blogspot.com/2008/06/1089-...gom-player.html this link I don't find particularly credible even though it claims there is a problem with the GOM player.
So that's why I'm posting my question here, I've noticed there are some very knowledgeable people on this board who might have some answers to my question:
Why is the latest version of GOM media player (126.96.36.19954 as I write this) trying to connect to the internet even with the update option turned off...is it spyware? And why is it doing this on the latest versions but not on the previous versions like 188.8.131.5299?
Of course my firewall is blocking the connection attempt now so it's not an immediate threat, however, I'm very curious about this.
Thanks in advance for any insights anyone can provide here..
Edited by arbitrageur, 22 December 2008 - 03:10 PM.