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YouTube Downloader and Crapware


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#1 The Feet

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 02:26 AM

I spotted these after a MBAM scan:-

 

" Spigot A "     this is crapware that is bundled with YTD

Claims to be just another (annoying) Toolbar ..... see here :-

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/pup-optional-spigot-a-virus-removal/

 

also , in the same scan  ; "OpenCandy"  ..... bundled with IMG Burn

   ..... OpenCandy seems to be all over the place these days

There is some debate about it actually being Malware ..... more of a nuisance really.

 

I let MBAM quarantine both of them ( they were only found in the set-up files , not the applications )

 

The Golden Rule for me ( when installing Freeware ) is to ALWAYS choose "Custom Install"

and look out carefully for any pre-checked boxes.

 

DO NOT just go clicking away on "Next" buttons.

 

I spotted something on Major Geeks recently which claims to automatically "uncheck" any

pre-checked boxes.

I haven't  tried it out yet , but I wonder if it might just be a sneaky way of slipping some

OTHER crapware into your system.

 

Call me cynical , if you will ..... but nothing is really " free "   !!

 

But anyway ,neither of these caused any issues on my W7 Laptop and I have been using

both bits of software for many months.

 

I just wonder why MBAM only picked up on them recently ..... maybe something new in

the MBAM updates  ??

 

I wrote this as a reply to a posting from yesterday but got a message saying I couldn't post it.

I'm guessing it was because the OP had included logs in his post.

If it's a matter of policy on this forum , it's a sensible one !

 

Thanks to all who run BC , and also to those who contribute

 

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 02:53 PM

Good evening. :)

I would hazard a guess that the updates that you have downloaded for MBAM contained definitions for these particular nasties. As with real infections the nasty appears and then a cure follows, or at least a method of identifying the nasty. Given that they aren't a major source of concern it may be that these files have just been waiting for somebody's spare time to analyse them, or it may be that they now exhibit behaviour that is considered worthy of mention to PC owners or perhaps you had to check a box to install them previously and now you have to uncheck a box to prevent installation - even crapware gets updated now and again!


So long, and thanks for all the fish.

 

 


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 04:47 PM

As this issue appears to have been resolved, this thread is now closed.


So long, and thanks for all the fish.

 

 





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