It seems as time goes by, reputable sites and tools have started to put malware into their tools installers and you just can't trust them anymore. Is there a list somewhere that
1) Identifies which tools will force you to install malware no matter how closely you pay attention to their installation processes
2) Identifies tools which install malware like Conduit toolbar but can be disabled if you pay close attention to the installation process and uncheck any unwanted add-ons.
3) Identifies websites who use disreputable ad sources which are known to frequently contain malware and viruses and otherwise don't undergo a thorough screening process.
You get the picture right? I wanna have a search engine where I can type in the name of my favorite websites and application names and see if they have started using malware and how they are using it. It seems clear that the problem isn't like it used to be where malware was just something that snuck its way onto reputable websites, now it literally is included as a matter of good business.
I also realize that its a matter of where you get your installation files from and generally speaking, if you use the manufacturers website, you have a better chance of not finding malware. However even taking this into account there are still many applications where it's included regardless of where you get it.
Edited by DarkD, 20 May 2014 - 06:15 PM.