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#1 Javelin3o4

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 08:45 PM

Anyone familiar with this web based game site? My sisters kids play this and they were wondering if it was bad for their computer? I had never heard of it so not sure, just wondering if anyone has any thoughts about weather or not its safe.

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#2 rigel

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 08:52 PM

I cannot endorse this game.

From Wikipedia:

Once Zwinky is installed, the MyWeb Searchbar runs on startup. When users attempt to visit nonexistent pages, the software redirects them to search.mywebsearch.com. MyWeb Searchbar has been included on lists of known spyware.[2] A review from McAfee SiteAdvisor of the Zwinky website states, "In our tests, this site promoted downloads that some people consider adware, spyware or other potentially unwanted programs." There are also many user review complaints about the spyware that the Zwinky website supports.[3]


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Posted 27 July 2009 - 09:16 PM

As much as I personally loathe allowing a faceless non thinking corporation like McAfee to pass judgement with their SiteAdvisor gimmick. Because once upon a time BleepingComputer was rated poorly because of the work we do. I feel it necessary to share that SiteAdvisor rates it yellow with a warning.

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Congratulations! LinkScanner Online did not find any exploits.

Notice the conflicting results. :thumbsup:

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#4 RedDawn

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 09:35 PM

I'd steer clear!

http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/zwinky.com

http://www.browserdefender.com/site/zwinky.com/

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:29 PM

Also found this Blog from Bill Pytlovany MVP, be sure to read the comments at the bottom, doesn't seem very Child-safe to me.

What is Zwinky?




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