Well, this is disappointing.
I was about to LEGITIMATELY PURCHASE some software until the supposed "official store" 's (www.disc-soft.com) Daemon Tools Pro Advanced install file greeted me with NOT ONE BUT TWO (2) mal attacks:
Seriously? This is NOT GOOD.
OK, here's what happened:
Before downloaded anything, I scanned my Windows 8 machine using Norton Int Sec, Malware Bytes Pro, and SpyHunter4 (all of which I am using paid-legit versions of).
**Clean results on all fronts.**
So, then I downloaded the install file for Daemon Tools Pro Advanced 6 from the Disc-Soft website (see link) which is SUPPOSED TO BE the ware's OFFICIAL STORE (and perhaps also the corporate underwriter and proprietor?) for all Daemon Tools products.
(i.e., they're supposed to be LEGIT. Am I missing something here?)
And AS SOON as I installed their file -- DTPro610-0484(.exe) -- (and yes, I opted out of any "special offers", though there was only one) I receive a notification from my Norton.
At first I just figured Somoto was legit and that this Norton response was a false positive since Daemon Tools is a disc writer app that does a lot of system-level writing and encryption. So, this Somoto should be part of the Daemon package, right?
Apparently SAPE.Somoto.## is a well-known infection that has apparently been around for years.
(The mal-maker even uses a number in the .suffix, so you can tell what version of the virus you have. There are support thread posts from eight years ago asking about how to remove Somoto.7 I got version 21 --- hahahaha! )
Luckily my Norton caught it on the way in so my machine was never infected.
Next I ran SpyHunter 4 -- a California-based malware-detection app that has a shady history of its own, but is BETTER than ANYTHING else at catching mals that the others miss.
And lo and behold!
Alright, so I am officially annoyed now because I did so much research to try to find a legit disc imaging tool that would meet my needs. I am always willing to put down money to avoid BS "freeware" (seriously, just F*CK that "freeware" term forever), and I was ready to put my money on Daemon by Disc-Soft.
Um, NOPE. Not going to send any money to those guys. I don't care how good their software is. This broke it for me.
So, I just want to close with two items:
1) Be especially careful when downloading any software that *can* be used for miscreant purposes (such as Daemon Tools) -- chances are the ware's makers/sponsors are miscreants themselves.
2) Since Daemon & Disc-Soft has been formally exiled to the "NEVER SPEAK TO ME AGAIN," pile, do any of you fine folks know where I could PURCHASE a (*not* faux-"free") DISC MANAGEMENT PROGRAM for basic burning, imaging, and VM applications?
Please let me know where I can get some legit software. I may be new but not a fool. Thank you in advance!
P.S. I am Evan. New to this forum. This is my first post. Hey all!
Edited by Queen-Evie, 02 April 2015 - 09:44 PM.
Moved from Malware Logs due to no logs included. Language edit