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2013-08-06 11:38:58 PM
Hey, guess what?  If given the opportunity to pay a REASONABLE fee and not have to sign up for HBO (at whatever rate your cable company decides to charge you this month), a huge number of downloaders would do so.  But here's the thing:  the industry has to make it 1) easy, 2) reasonably priced, and 3) available on OUR timetable, not theirs.  They step up to the plate and they've got a few billion more in income annually, and they have to pay their legal department a lot less (to get very little but bad press).

They also have to recognize that there's some stuff that will simply be downloaded because it's farking unavailable any other way.  If I want to watch something and it's not available on Redbox or Amazon because the distributor decided not to rent it digitally, but it's available as a torrent?  Um, yeah, sorry about that.  Call me when you hit the 21st century.
 
2013-08-06 11:58:27 PM
Is there anywhere to buy DRM free, advertisement free video at a reasonable price and in a useful format, such as mp4?  No?  Get back to me when that happens, thanks
 
2013-08-07 01:24:36 AM

dahmers love zombie: Hey, guess what?  If given the opportunity to pay a REASONABLE fee and not have to sign up for HBO (at whatever rate your cable company decides to charge you this month), a huge number of downloaders would do so.  But here's the thing:  the industry has to make it 1) easy, 2) reasonably priced, and 3) available on OUR timetable, not theirs.  They step up to the plate and they've got a few billion more in income annually, and they have to pay their legal department a lot less (to get very little but bad press).

They also have to recognize that there's some stuff that will simply be downloaded because it's farking unavailable any other way.  If I want to watch something and it's not available on Redbox or Amazon because the distributor decided not to rent it digitally, but it's available as a torrent?  Um, yeah, sorry about that.  Call me when you hit the 21st century.


A whole lot of THIS!

/because Rocket Man is still not even available on DVD as far as I know
//and The Star Wars Holiday Special will never be available on any format
 
2013-08-07 01:32:14 AM
Come on guys, it'll be just like when your car sends a text to 911 when you speed, or when you fail to use a signal when turning. Oh wait, that doesn't happen. I love that companies think they have the right to police our activities. And I say this as someone who doesn't torrent.
 
2013-08-07 02:37:35 AM
Netflix has figured this out, guys. Why are you still trying to get me to subscribe to your mediocre time-limited channels?
 
2013-08-07 02:54:46 AM
I refuse to let even one single penny from me end up paying for "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child". I cut off cable TV back in 2010 and haven't missed it since.
 
2013-08-07 03:09:33 AM

TV's Vinnie: I refuse to let even one single penny from me end up paying for "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child". I cut off cable TV back in 2010 and haven't missed it since.


Honey boo boo was the final straw for me too.

I wonder how this is supposed to work when I'm running a private vpn?
 
2013-08-07 03:14:33 AM
What did you think was going to happen when you let the same company control the production and the distribution of a product?
 
2013-08-07 03:15:01 AM
Private trackers.
 
2013-08-07 03:17:05 AM
It's amazing that large cable companies are still in denial about the cord-cutting trend. I wonder what it will take before they get their head out of the sand.

/Coming up on a year cable free and $1000 richer.
 
2013-08-07 03:27:27 AM

TheOnion: Is there anywhere to buy DRM free, advertisement free video at a reasonable price and in a useful format, such as mp4?  No?  Get back to me when that happens, thanks


You'd have better luck asking each entertainment exec to sell their first born.
 
2013-08-07 03:32:27 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Netflix has figured this out, guys. Why are you still trying to get me to subscribe to your mediocre time-limited channels?


Netflix's hayday is long past.  It started going downhill when it lost its partnership with Starz.
 
2013-08-07 03:36:51 AM

digistil: TheOnion: Is there anywhere to buy DRM free, advertisement free video at a reasonable price and in a useful format, such as mp4?  No?  Get back to me when that happens, thanks

You'd have better luck asking each entertainment exec to sell their first born.


Are you kidding?  Offer then $10 and you've got a deal.  All the kid was doing was mooching off them anyway.
 
2013-08-07 03:41:50 AM

dahmers love zombie: Hey, guess what?  If given the opportunity to pay a REASONABLE fee and not have to sign up for HBO (at whatever rate your cable company decides to charge you this month), a huge number of downloaders would do so.  But here's the thing:  the industry has to make it 1) easy, 2) reasonably priced, and 3) available on OUR timetable, not theirs.  They step up to the plate and they've got a few billion more in income annually, and they have to pay their legal department a lot less (to get very little but bad press).

They also have to recognize that there's some stuff that will simply be downloaded because it's farking unavailable any other way.  If I want to watch something and it's not available on Redbox or Amazon because the distributor decided not to rent it digitally, but it's available as a torrent?  Um, yeah, sorry about that.  Call me when you hit the 21st century.


I'm watching NYPD Blue at the moment.  I'm watching it through Amazon Prime, so it's legal, but there's a huge amount of content not available on prime, netflix (I have both, and the pickings are limited), etc..  Wanna know the cost to legally buy NYPD Blue?  The low, low price of $215.88.  That seems fair, it's not like it's 20 years old or anything...oh, wait.West Wing? $279.93.  NCIS? $389.90.    Law and Order (just the original)?  $699.80.  No, I didn't type that wrong...almost 700 dollars.   Stargate SG1? $199.00.  Why, that's downright cheap!

GOSH, I wonder why people torrent with prices so INCREDIBLY REASONABLE.

/backing you up, not attacking your position
 
2013-08-07 03:55:51 AM

dahmers love zombie: Hey, guess what?  If given the opportunity to pay a REASONABLE fee and not have to sign up for HBO (at whatever rate your cable company decides to charge you this month), a huge number of downloaders would do so.  But here's the thing:  the industry has to make it 1) easy, 2) reasonably priced, and 3) available on OUR timetable, not theirs.  They step up to the plate and they've got a few billion more in income annually, and they have to pay their legal department a lot less (to get very little but bad press).

They also have to recognize that there's some stuff that will simply be downloaded because it's farking unavailable any other way.  If I want to watch something and it's not available on Redbox or Amazon because the distributor decided not to rent it digitally, but it's available as a torrent?  Um, yeah, sorry about that.  Call me when you hit the 21st century.


Absolutely. 'Piracy' only exists where the producer is able, but unwilling, to provide their product to a customer in a format, at a speed of delivery, or at a pricepoint that the consumer is willing to pay. Thats all.
 
2013-08-07 04:00:22 AM

Emposter: dahmers love zombie: Hey, guess what?  If given the opportunity to pay a REASONABLE fee and not have to sign up for HBO (at whatever rate your cable company decides to charge you this month), a huge number of downloaders would do so.  But here's the thing:  the industry has to make it 1) easy, 2) reasonably priced, and 3) available on OUR timetable, not theirs.  They step up to the plate and they've got a few billion more in income annually, and they have to pay their legal department a lot less (to get very little but bad press).

They also have to recognize that there's some stuff that will simply be downloaded because it's farking unavailable any other way.  If I want to watch something and it's not available on Redbox or Amazon because the distributor decided not to rent it digitally, but it's available as a torrent?  Um, yeah, sorry about that.  Call me when you hit the 21st century.

I'm watching NYPD Blue at the moment.  I'm watching it through Amazon Prime, so it's legal, but there's a huge amount of content not available on prime, netflix (I have both, and the pickings are limited), etc..  Wanna know the cost to legally buy NYPD Blue?  The low, low price of $215.88.  That seems fair, it's not like it's 20 years old or anything...oh, wait.West Wing? $279.93.  NCIS? $389.90.    Law and Order (just the original)?  $699.80.  No, I didn't type that wrong...almost 700 dollars.   Stargate SG1? $199.00.  Why, that's downright cheap!

GOSH, I wonder why people torrent with prices so INCREDIBLY REASONABLE.

/backing you up, not attacking your position


NYPD Blue is a great show. The only problem I have with it is that it made it seem like 3/4 of the people in NYC are retarded. Almost everybody on the show talked like they were retarded, had a third grade education and couldn't ever figure out what to say. I could understand if they portrayed most of the criminals that way, but most of the cops talked that way and even the normal citizens, even the ones that were supposed to be highly educated.
 
2013-08-07 04:05:50 AM
Hmmm, let's see... $100 a month for 200 channels I don't watch and five I do, or $8 for Netflix, and torrent the rest of what I want to see? Tough choice, that.

Here's the deal, networks and cable companies... I'm not watching Real Housewives or Honey Boo Boo, nor am I going to finance your production of such. I'm also not going to pay to have ads shoved up my ass every five minutes. Add "not paying $60 for DVDs of ten episodes of Game of Thrones that I'll watch once" to the list.

It'd take al la carte channel selection, a minimum of a 50% reduction in advertising and a hefty price cut to get me back on cable, which isn't likely to happen. Also in the realm of things not likely to occur: Piracy coming to an end.

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darkjezter: AverageAmericanGuy: Netflix has figured this out, guys. Why are you still trying to get me to subscribe to your mediocre time-limited channels?

Netflix's hayday is long past.  It started going downhill when it lost its partnership with Starz.


Yeah man, I know I'm missing all that great Disney and Sony programming. Whatever will I do without Alice in Wonderland and Camelot? Probably watch something else, which is what I did when it was available on Netflix.
 
2013-08-07 04:08:02 AM
And how does Comcast manage to do this if I'm deleting their malware from my computer?
 
2013-08-07 04:10:24 AM
I watch a ton of stuff from  http://stream-tv.me/  and  http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/.

Not sure how these folks operate, but Cox has never bugged me about using them.  Quality is rarely wonderful but usually around 480 and occasionally 720. But the price is right, subtitles are available from the usual sources if you need them and it looks fine on tablets, phones, or monitors.

I've tried torrents once or twice and pretty quickly gotten a nastygram from the ISP. I've tried usenet once or twice and mainly got viruses and trojans.

I'd be happy to pay on the order of $20 - $40 per month total. The problem is, that every little cable channel seems to think their offerings are worth $20+ per month just for their shiat.
 
2013-08-07 04:16:28 AM

ongbok: Emposter: dahmers love zombie: Hey, guess what?  If given the opportunity to pay a REASONABLE fee and not have to sign up for HBO (at whatever rate your cable company decides to charge you this month), a huge number of downloaders would do so.  But here's the thing:  the industry has to make it 1) easy, 2) reasonably priced, and 3) available on OUR timetable, not theirs.  They step up to the plate and they've got a few billion more in income annually, and they have to pay their legal department a lot less (to get very little but bad press).

They also have to recognize that there's some stuff that will simply be downloaded because it's farking unavailable any other way.  If I want to watch something and it's not available on Redbox or Amazon because the distributor decided not to rent it digitally, but it's available as a torrent?  Um, yeah, sorry about that.  Call me when you hit the 21st century.

I'm watching NYPD Blue at the moment.  I'm watching it through Amazon Prime, so it's legal, but there's a huge amount of content not available on prime, netflix (I have both, and the pickings are limited), etc..  Wanna know the cost to legally buy NYPD Blue?  The low, low price of $215.88.  That seems fair, it's not like it's 20 years old or anything...oh, wait.West Wing? $279.93.  NCIS? $389.90.    Law and Order (just the original)?  $699.80.  No, I didn't type that wrong...almost 700 dollars.   Stargate SG1? $199.00.  Why, that's downright cheap!

GOSH, I wonder why people torrent with prices so INCREDIBLY REASONABLE.

/backing you up, not attacking your position

NYPD Blue is a great show. The only problem I have with it is that it made it seem like 3/4 of the people in NYC are retarded. Almost everybody on the show talked like they were retarded, had a third grade education and couldn't ever figure out what to say. I could understand if they portrayed most of the criminals that way, but most of the cops talked that way and even the normal citizens, even the ones that ...


Hey, don't get me wrong, I like the show or I wouldn't be watching it.  I gotta agree with you about the general IQ though...every time they start with the "yeah, you COULD ask for a lawyer, but then we wouldn't be able to help you..." and then the morons fall for it... I start wanting to beat my head against the screen.  Stupidest.  Criminals.  Evar.
 
2013-08-07 04:26:16 AM

RoyBatty: I watch a ton of stuff from  http://stream-tv.me/  and  http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/.

Not sure how these folks operate, but Cox has never bugged me about using them.


part of the operation might involve people not linking directly to them in an open forum, but hey, what do i know.
 
2013-08-07 04:51:18 AM
Whaddyado when they stuff five straight farking minutes of mindcrushingly inane, LOUD ads in the programming every ten farking minutes?

Talk about MTV attention span here....!

Seriously, they pay those ad execs a [hypothetical] six figure income, to churn out commercials that would make a fourth-grader point, laugh, and scream DUMBASS.
 
2013-08-07 04:53:47 AM

Emposter: dahmers love zombie: Hey, guess what?  If given the opportunity to pay a REASONABLE fee and not have to sign up for HBO (at whatever rate your cable company decides to charge you this month), a huge number of downloaders would do so.  But here's the thing:  the industry has to make it 1) easy, 2) reasonably priced, and 3) available on OUR timetable, not theirs.  They step up to the plate and they've got a few billion more in income annually, and they have to pay their legal department a lot less (to get very little but bad press).

They also have to recognize that there's some stuff that will simply be downloaded because it's farking unavailable any other way.  If I want to watch something and it's not available on Redbox or Amazon because the distributor decided not to rent it digitally, but it's available as a torrent?  Um, yeah, sorry about that.  Call me when you hit the 21st century.

I'm watching NYPD Blue at the moment.  I'm watching it through Amazon Prime, so it's legal, but there's a huge amount of content not available on prime, netflix (I have both, and the pickings are limited), etc..  Wanna know the cost to legally buy NYPD Blue?  The low, low price of $215.88.  That seems fair, it's not like it's 20 years old or anything...oh, wait.West Wing? $279.93.  NCIS? $389.90.    Law and Order (just the original)?  $699.80.  No, I didn't type that wrong...almost 700 dollars.   Stargate SG1? $199.00.  Why, that's downright cheap!

GOSH, I wonder why people torrent with prices so INCREDIBLY REASONABLE.

/backing you up, not attacking your position


I can't speak for all of these but west wing is on Netflix and amazon prime. If you can't cough up 10 to watch it on pretty much every device out there iI dont really know what you consider cheap or reasonable.......
 
2013-08-07 05:03:30 AM
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2013-08-07 05:17:52 AM

NickelP: Emposter: dahmers love zombie: Hey, guess what?  If given the opportunity to pay a REASONABLE fee and not have to sign up for HBO (at whatever rate your cable company decides to charge you this month), a huge number of downloaders would do so.  But here's the thing:  the industry has to make it 1) easy, 2) reasonably priced, and 3) available on OUR timetable, not theirs.  They step up to the plate and they've got a few billion more in income annually, and they have to pay their legal department a lot less (to get very little but bad press).

They also have to recognize that there's some stuff that will simply be downloaded because it's farking unavailable any other way.  If I want to watch something and it's not available on Redbox or Amazon because the distributor decided not to rent it digitally, but it's available as a torrent?  Um, yeah, sorry about that.  Call me when you hit the 21st century.

I'm watching NYPD Blue at the moment.  I'm watching it through Amazon Prime, so it's legal, but there's a huge amount of content not available on prime, netflix (I have both, and the pickings are limited), etc..  Wanna know the cost to legally buy NYPD Blue?  The low, low price of $215.88.  That seems fair, it's not like it's 20 years old or anything...oh, wait.West Wing? $279.93.  NCIS? $389.90.    Law and Order (just the original)?  $699.80.  No, I didn't type that wrong...almost 700 dollars.   Stargate SG1? $199.00.  Why, that's downright cheap!

GOSH, I wonder why people torrent with prices so INCREDIBLY REASONABLE.

/backing you up, not attacking your position

I can't speak for all of these but west wing is on Netflix and amazon prime. If you can't cough up 10 to watch it on pretty much every device out there iI dont really know what you consider cheap or reasonable.......


You know, some people read posts before responding to them.  Now, without naming names, these said people might notice that I already said I have both Netflix and Amazon Prime, and caught on to the fact that I was using examples to illustrate the high price of shows (I just picked shows I've watched), not complaining about the specific shows in question being or not being streamable.

I'm aware West Wing IS on Prime (I watched it there).  NCIS, on the other hand, isn't on either prime unlimited or netflix streaming, nor is Law and Order.  Nor are countless others.  Not that it would make any difference to the point if certain ones were.  I assume you know full well that the list of shows that can be streamed though subscription services is far from all-encompassing, you know that non-streamable shows aren't magically affordable unlike those where streaming is available as an alternative, and I will refrain from guessing why you made your post anyway.
 
2013-08-07 05:34:37 AM
Don't pay people to police your actions.
 
2013-08-07 05:48:45 AM

TV's Vinnie: I refuse to let even one single penny from me end up paying for "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child". I cut off cable TV back in 2010 and haven't missed it since.


Wow. And I thought TV was crap when I quit watching it in 2006...

/I <3 Netflix
 
2013-08-07 05:49:46 AM
Oh good, the Fark Torrent Brigade is back. The people who think watching Homeland is a right, not a privilege. Don't know why you people are surprised Comcast is trying to police illegal downloads. If you poor schlubs don't have the money to watch premium channels, then you don't get to watch it. Good thing most people don't share your principles when it comes to cars and jewelry. The people that do share your principles are called thieves.
But please, continue posting in this thread. I enjoy reading the justifications for ripping shiat off the Internet.
 
2013-08-07 05:56:10 AM

dahmers love zombie: Hey, guess what?  If given the opportunity to pay a REASONABLE fee and not have to sign up for HBO (at whatever rate your cable company decides to charge you this month), a huge number of downloaders would do so.


I hate downloading a torrent and sitting down to watch it, only to find the audio sync is off (I can lipread much better than average so even a tiny bit of lag is really annoying). I hate having to download indie flicks from 4 seeders who run their computers for 45 minutes a day. I hate only being able to find 700mb downloads that look like shiat on my computer. I hate downloading something and then realizing it has Swedish subtitles hard encoded because I didn't read the description well enough.

There is a lot of room for improvement over torrenting. Make it cheap, quick, and easy, and I'll gladly pay for it.
 
2013-08-07 06:00:25 AM

DubyaHater: blah blah blahbittyfarkingblah...
...But please, continue posting in this thread. I enjoy reading the justifications for ripping shiat off the Internet.


actually, it sounds like it gives you apoplexy.
 
2013-08-07 06:05:22 AM

DubyaHater: I enjoy reading the justifications for ripping shiat off the Internet.


Considering the copying of a work for non-commercial purposes to be copyright infringement is a modern novelty that is absolutely ridiculous, especially when Hollywood Accounting, which is the real way creative people in the film industry are screwed out of their money, is still perfectly legal.
 
2013-08-07 06:35:11 AM
"Pop-up message"? I wasn't aware there was a GUI requirement to the bittorrent protocol. It must not have much cross-platform support.

Of course, instead of that mess, they certainly mean the usual DPI scanning and injection of some sort of popup javascript into random HTTP streams, as is usually the case whenever this type of thing comes up.

I hope they enjoy the copyright infringement lawsuits, then, as I doubt they will be paying the statutory royalties required for each derivative work they will be making when they edit everybody's web page in transit.

/Let me guess... IOKIYAComcast?
//No, sorry. Live by the sword, die by the sword. If you want to litigate copyright, you should probably avoid copying other people's work in the process
 
2013-08-07 06:38:44 AM

DubyaHater: illegal downloads


[citation needed]

Please point out the law that makes downloading a crime.
 
2013-08-07 06:45:40 AM
So it looks like I'll be using my Tor browser all the time now.
 
2013-08-07 06:46:01 AM

RoyBatty: I've tried usenet once or twice and mainly got viruses and trojans.


I've used usenet for 11 years now and I've never have gotten a virus from them so I have no idea where you are getting your files from but you are not doing it right.
 
2013-08-07 07:16:16 AM

DubyaHater: Oh good, the Fark Torrent Brigade is back. The people who think watching Homeland is a right, not a privilege. Don't know why you people are surprised Comcast is trying to police illegal downloads. If you poor schlubs don't have the money to watch premium channels, then you don't get to watch it. Good thing most people don't share your principles when it comes to cars and jewelry. The people that do share your principles are called thieves.
But please, continue posting in this thread. I enjoy reading the justifications for ripping shiat off the Internet.


When did it become a private corporation's responsibility to police people's behavior?

(And remember, phone companies have fought for a century to avoid this responsibility)
 
2013-08-07 07:18:58 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: DubyaHater: I enjoy reading the justifications for ripping shiat off the Internet.

Considering the copying of a work for non-commercial purposes to be copyright infringement is a modern novelty that is absolutely ridiculous, especially when Hollywood Accounting, which is the real way creative people in the film industry are screwed out of their money, is still perfectly legal.


He really hated blank tapes in the 80s, and he was sure that CD burners were the debbil as well.
 
2013-08-07 07:25:49 AM

TNel: RoyBatty: I've tried usenet once or twice and mainly got viruses and trojans.

I've used usenet for 11 years now and I've never have gotten a virus from them so I have no idea where you are getting your files from but you are not doing it right.


He also can't torrent without his ISP getting all uppity, so yeah... totally not doing it right. He must have gotten somebody to turn his computer on for him and help him post.
 
2013-08-07 07:28:37 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: There is a lot of room for improvement over torrenting. Make it cheap, quick, and easy, and I'll gladly pay for it.


THIS.

TNel: RoyBatty: I've tried usenet once or twice and mainly got viruses and trojans.

I've used usenet for 11 years now and I've never have gotten a virus from them so I have no idea where you are getting your files from but you are not doing it right.


I've had EasyNews for probably as long as you've been using usenet and I find viruses embedded in applications/games all the time, usually the installer. So much so in fact, I had to stop downloading them from Usenet (EasyNews Web search). And if I do, I always test it first by installing the app in a VM since most AV software never seems to catch whatever they're embedding into the installer. Now it's pretty much relegated to media only. Which is fine, cause I'd rather buy the games off steam and always have access to them even if a HD fails and I've gotten pretty good at use GIMP.
 
2013-08-07 07:28:43 AM

DubyaHater: Good thing most people don't share your principles when it comes to cars and jewelry.


I know you're just trolling and all, but don't lie--if you could download a car, every single one of us would be doing it.  I'd have a garage full of them.
 
2013-08-07 07:34:09 AM

ReverendJasen: DubyaHater: Good thing most people don't share your principles when it comes to cars and jewelry.

I know you're just trolling and all, but don't lie--if you could download a car, every single one of us would be doing it.  I'd have a garage full of them.


Damn right. Especially if I had to buy ten just to get the one I wanted to drive, and be subjected to constant advertising as long as I was in the car. Oh, and occasionally you'd go outside to drive somewhere and find you were missing tires due to a lapse in Ford's agreement with Michelin.
 
2013-08-07 07:36:28 AM
Why do people pirate things? Because they know popular entertainment is trash and intellectually corrosive and really can't bring themselves to pay money for something that's bad for them.

Or so I've heard.
 
2013-08-07 07:42:31 AM
Here's a legal alternative: F**k comcast.
 
2013-08-07 07:44:24 AM

DubyaHater: Good thing most people don't share your principles when it comes to cars and jewelry. The people that do share your principles are called thieves.


Piracy and theft aren't the same thing.

dahmers love zombie: Hey, guess what?  If given the opportunity to pay a REASONABLE fee and not have to sign up for HBO (at whatever rate your cable company decides to charge you this month), a huge number of downloaders would do so.  But here's the thing:  the industry has to make it 1) easy, 2) reasonably priced, and 3) available on OUR timetable, not theirs.  They step up to the plate and they've got a few billion more in income annually, and they have to pay their legal department a lot less (to get very little but bad press).


We're really seeing the power of the free market to innovate and meet consumer demand.
 
2013-08-07 07:48:26 AM

Herr Morgenstern: So it looks like I'll be using my Tor browser all the time now.


That way your surfing will be reported directly back to the NSA.
 
2013-08-07 07:50:55 AM

Dwight_Yeast: When did it become a private corporation's responsibility to police people's behavior?


Uh, Pinkerton, is that you?
 
2013-08-07 07:57:15 AM
Meanwhile, my municipal fiber network sees I'm torrenting 40 GB of out-of-print books, shrugs their shoulders, and upgrades everyone who was on 10/10Mbps to 20/20 for free.

/yes, that is now the absolute lowest speed you can buy from them now
 
2013-08-07 08:00:09 AM

I Like Bread: And how does Comcast manage to do this if I'm deleting their malware from my computer?


Probably by redirecting all of your HTTP traffic to a Comcast page like they do with their 6 strikes crap.
 
2013-08-07 08:00:22 AM

YodaBlues: I've had EasyNews for probably as long as you've been using usenet and I find viruses embedded in applications/games all the time, usually the installer.


That may well be a legitimate virus, but a lot of those come with a keygen/bypasser/spoof for the "online check" BS, which often trigger a positive on some virus scanners.  Partly that's because strictly speaking, it IS a virus, just not one directed at you.  It may be a real virus, or your scanner might also be reading something that's there for your benefit.  Unfortunately, the only way to know is to test it, preferably on a temporary system.
 
2013-08-07 08:13:09 AM

Last Man on Earth: YodaBlues: I've had EasyNews for probably as long as you've been using usenet and I find viruses embedded in applications/games all the time, usually the installer.

That may well be a legitimate virus, but a lot of those come with a keygen/bypasser/spoof for the "online check" BS, which often trigger a positive on some virus scanners.  Partly that's because strictly speaking, it IS a virus, just not one directed at you.  It may be a real virus, or your scanner might also be reading something that's there for your benefit.  Unfortunately, the only way to know is to test it, preferably on a temporary system.


I'm not talking about my AV finding false-positives, I mean I run the installer and can see the effects of malware/virus (popups, random character named executables running on startup, keyloggers). This happens with pretty much every installer I find on usenet, which is why I always test the installation on a virtual machine first. Now it wasn't always like this mind you. like I said, I've been using usenet since at least 2003, but within the last few years, the frequency of viruses and malware has increased to the point where it seems like every application downloaded is infected with something.  I know alot of the keygens can generate false-positives, but then again, alot of the keygens themselves are also viruses/malware. Hell, I downloaded an application a few weeks ago and it had a keylogger in the keygen. Luckily I caught it before it grabbed anything useful, but that's why I use virtualbox to install first. Cause even my AV didn't pick-up on it.
 
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