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#1 devildog2126

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 11:39 AM

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?

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:39 PM

I have not heard of such a relationship.

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.

Hope that helps.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 10:45 PM

Yeah, it was probably a GIMP tutorial site. I've never run into problems with GIMP. Just go to http://www.gimp.org for the official releases, and its pretty much safe as anything else.

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 02:01 PM

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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Posted 21 September 2010 - 03:43 PM

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.
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