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Windows Media Player Adware:, A Case Study in Deception


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 09:08 PM

A long read, but this item by Eric Howes details more of Micro$ofts deceptive practices.
If one uses the WMP, one should be aware of the possible pitfalls.

Hi All:

I just posted a long write-up of my experience with the WMP adware
installation at DSLR:

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,12298989~mode=flat

In short, the adware installation practices that users encounter through
Microsoft's license acquisition process are incredibly confusing, deceptive,
and coercive. Indeed, this is one of the most underhanded, abusive installations
I have ever encountered.

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 10:03 PM

Yeah, though I surf through the valleys & shadows of the web,
I will FEAR NO MICROSOFT.
Nor the tales they spin.
:thumbsup:
I will use spybot S&D.
Routinely clear WMP MRU's.
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 11:30 PM

:thumbsup: Well I know I will be keeping a sharp lookout for any of those types of dialogue boxes. I use WMP 10 and I am REALLY glad to know about this. Thanks Koan. :flowers:

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 02:19 AM

Microsoft: No Plans to Tweak DRM Download Mechanism
By Ryan Naraine
January 13, 2005

Microsoft Corp. says it has no plans to change the way its Windows Media Player handles the download of DRM licenses.

Amid reports that malicious hackers are using the anti-piracy mechanism to infect computers with spyware, adware, dialers and computer viruses, Microsoft officials stressed that the latest attack scenario does not exploit a vulnerability in the software.

"Not every problem comes with an automatic technology solution. In this case, the priority is to educate users and get them to understand the importance of not downloading files from untrusted sources," said Mike Coleman, lead product manager with Microsoft's Windows division.

"If strangers are trying to entice you to open a file, chances are they're setting you up for a bad experience. We need to continue our work on getting people to understand what's going on and get them to develop better download habits," Coleman told eWEEK.com.

Full read:

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1751248,00.asp
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Posted 19 January 2005 - 02:28 AM

Microsoft Reverses Plan, Will Patch Media Player

By Ryan Naraine
January 18, 2005

Microsoft will patch its Windows Media Player after all.

One week after saying it had no plans to change the way WMP (Windows Media Player) handles the download of DRM licenses, Microsoft now says it will release an update in the next 30 days to help thwart the threat of spyware infection.

The about-face comes amid reports that malicious hackers are rigging .wmv files and using the anti-piracy mechanism to infect computers with spyware, adware, dialers and computer viruses.


"While this issue is not the result of any exploit of Windows Media DRM, we do recognize it may cause problems for some of our customers," the company said in a statement.

"To help mitigate these problems, Microsoft is committed to providing an update to Windows Media Player in the next 30 days that would allow the end-user more control over when and how any pop-ups display in the license acquisition process."

Full read:
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1752247,00.asp

Backround info:
http://www.benedelman.org/news/010205-1.html
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