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AntiAdware blocks crapware bundled with downloads


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#1 frankp316

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 05:56 PM

I saw this on Lifehacker today and I thought AntiAdware could be very useful to everyone here at BC. Check out the link.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 06:04 PM

This first word that caught my attention in this article sadly.

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Also, I have TamperMonkey installed and I know it quite well, I could give it a try.

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 06:08 PM

 

AntiAdware is a greasemonkey script, so you’ll need Greasemonkey for Firefox or Tampermonkey for Chrome to install it (you can install it manually in Chrome as well, but it won’t receive updates). AntiAdware blocks adware on nearly 40 sites, including Sourceforge, Softonic, Adobe.com, CNET, and a number of file hosting services like Filefactory.

Note that AntiAdware won’t block crapware that’s normally built into a given app’s installer, but it will block crapware that download sites add.

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 08:50 PM

Looks like the blocking on "Download CNET" is work in progress from my understanding. This would be one site to put a priority on.

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 09:07 AM

as mentioned in the comments section ninite is a great source for mostly clean downloads



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Posted 08 May 2015 - 12:04 PM

These are popular and generally safe third-party download hosting sites for software:
* MajorGeeks
* SnapFiles
* Softpedia
* TechSpot
* FilePuma
* Gizmos Freeware
* BleepingComputer Downloads
* Ninite
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Posted 08 May 2015 - 01:24 PM

Another general tip when downloading programs (or any files at all for that matter), run an adblocker and a script blocker in your browser. This will ensure that fake download buttons are (in most cases) unable to load. Fake download buttons are a disgusting and shameful practice whereby a download page is covered in adverts posing as being download links, usually these adverts are designed to get people's attention and make them think that the ad is the download link for the program on the page. The real downlaod link might be hidden next to one of the fake ones, hovering over fake ones usually shows them going off the site which you are browsing while real download links are usually coming from the site you are browsing. The fake download links will usually lead to adware, certainly not to anything even remotely related to the program or file you want to download. An ad blocker and a script blocker make it very unlikely that fake download links will display.


Anothet tip is once you have downloaded a clean and workable installer for a program you like, put a backup of that installer exe file on a usb or cd or dvd. That way you will nevr need visit a download site again if you want to put the same program on another computer, or uninstall then reinstall the program for some reason. If a program is one that needs updating then after installing from the installer exe file you should be able to find an updating option within the program so that updates can be done without having to visit the download site again.

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 03:50 PM

Anothet tip is once you have downloaded a clean and workable installer for a program you like, put a backup of that installer exe file on a usb or cd or dvd. That way you will nevr need visit a download site again if you want to put the same program on another computer, or uninstall then reinstall the program for some reason. If a program is one that needs updating then after installing from the installer exe file you should be able to find an updating option within the program so that updates can be done without having to visit the download site again.

 

That is what I do for all my programs. However, I regularly check them all for updates (at COU and MajorGeeks) and many require redownloading the updated version. If you only update the installed program...then your backups can quickly become outdated.


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