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#1 quinch

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 07:18 PM

Hello there,

I am hoping to find some independent advice about an application called expatsheild. It is an executable that allows British Ex-Patriots (never liked that term, there is nothing "ex" about my patriotism) to watch UK TV through the various netplayers available. It does this by giving the user a UK IP address via VPN which fools the iPlayer or 4OD etc into thinking it is OK to display the content.

I installed it for a friend and was dismayed to see that all Google search results were then faked, I have since heard from other people that have installed it that they only get pop ups and it has caused no problems for them. I am aware however that the best hijacks are very subtle and that your average computer user wouldn't have any idea if they had been hijacked.

I would very much like to hear from folks more knowledgeable than me in computer security regarding this application as I suspect that there is probably more than just browser hijacking going on.

I did search first (Google and this forum) got nothing, I am aware of the other services out there and that iPlayer is going worldwide soon.

Many thanks in advance.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:48 PM

Looks like it's an actual app. That being said, it doesn't mean that there wasn't some sort of foist ware included from where ever you got it.

http://download.cnet.com/Expat-Shield/3000-2092_4-75211377.html

http://expat-shield.en.softonic.com/

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/Expat-Shield.shtml

Those are three reputable download sites that have the application.

That being said cnet has been known to bundle some self serving adware/bloatware in their downloads. Not necessarily malware, but there was some negative press over it.

See this: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic415784.html

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:56 PM

Thankyou Animal,

Then I am going to try again, for myself too, I do miss the BBC.

Yep, already not keen on cnet for those reasons, hadn't heard of softonic before either, bookmarked.




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