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Does anyone know of any problems with downloading GIMP related to Malware or viruses. I downloaded GIMP a few weeks ago. I think my malware problem came from a site which I searched which was a GIMP tutorial site, not GIMP itself, but in searching here for "GIMP" many of the posts which came up were malware logs from people who picked up a problem. I uninstalled GIMP anyway.
Anyone know of a relation between GIMP and Malware or am I making a leap and assumption?
That being said. . . it's entirely possible that the site you mentioned was a compromised site that infected you, or was one designed to infect users by luring them there with a bogus (or legit) tutorial.
Best protection against "driveby" installs of malware from just visiting a site is Firefox browser with NoScript addon installed.
Protects the users in many other ways, too.
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Yeah, GIMP has never really been a software that causes problems. You are most likely dealing with a drive-by malware install from a website you visited recently, probably the tutorial site you mentioned.