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How did Reason Core Security get on my computer?

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#1 slipmat


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Posted 15 June 2018 - 01:41 AM

As per the subject, I was solving a hardware issue on my partner's computer when I noticed the icon for said software in the tray. She is pretty tech savvy and would not install anything like that unless I told her, as the protection Microsoft provides suits our needs.


I don't see the installer in her download history or file system but did seem like a legitimate copy and uninstallation worked.


But I'm still confused as to how it got there and it seems I'm not the only one with the question (just see https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/reason-core-security/69779e35-a1a6-41f9-8b81-d2061138a948 or the related searches for https://www.google.com.au/search?q=reason+core+security).


Is there malware posing as Reason Core Security? Is it being bundled with other software? It seems like a reputable product...

Edited by slipmat, 15 June 2018 - 01:44 AM.

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 06:30 AM

...Is there malware posing as Reason Core Security? Is it being bundled with other software?

I doubt it is malwareware related. More than likely it came bundled with other software.

Many programs, toolbars, add-ons/plug-ins, and browser extensions come bundled with other free third-party software you download from the Internet (often without the knowledge or consent of the user).

The bundling of legit and junk software is a common practice by legitimate vendors as a cost recoup measure and revenue generator. When a vendor includes an add-on such as a toolbar, they do so as a way to "pay per install" and recoup associated business costs. This practice is now the most common revenue generator for free downloads and is typically the reason for the pre-checked option...see Third-Party Bundling.

I do not recommend downloading anything from CNET, Download.com, BrotherSoft, Softonic, FreewareFiles and Tucows and similar third-party download hosting sites because you always have to be careful with deceptive download links and bundling of unwanted software. Clicking on the incorrect link may redirect to another download site which uses heavy and confusing advertising with more download links. On almost every site, including safe software download sites, you may encounter an obtrusive green "Download Now" button as a type of advertisement. These buttons ads come from third party ad networks and work well because many users are capricious by nature. Clicking on one of these "Download Now buttons" (thinking its the one you want) often results in downloading a program the user did not intend to download. In some cases, bundled software may be included in Installers or Downloaders found at these hosting sites which often be the source of various issues and problems to include Adware, pop-up ads, browser hijacking which may change your home page and search engine, and cause user profile corruption.
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