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(Bit9)   So, what really happens on your computer when you download free stuff from the Internet? (Spoiler: it's not good.)   (blog.bit9.com ) divider line
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2014-05-15 11:52:17 AM  
And the author is paid how much by Google/Youtube to warn us of the insidious dangers of using the Free Youtube Downloader?

You might just use a well known tool for the task and instead be warned to stay away from download.com et al.

http://www.ytddownloader.com/
 
2014-05-15 12:07:59 PM  
That's a pretty detailed article for an advertisement.
 
2014-05-15 12:21:56 PM  
tucows in still a thing? What is this .. 1997?
 
2014-05-15 12:36:04 PM  
The worst one is the most pervasive.
www.wildappledesigngroup.com
 
2014-05-15 01:09:40 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: The worst one is the most pervasive.
[www.wildappledesigngroup.com image 528x406]


Yeah, fark Oracle right up the ass for that one.  Not only do we have to put up with a bug-ridden security nightmare, but they want to auto-install a toolbar for a company that should have gone out of business in 2002.
 
2014-05-15 02:28:20 PM  
but it's free!
 
2014-05-15 02:29:11 PM  

medius: but it's free!


Gay two-penised albino goat porn
 
2014-05-15 02:30:49 PM  

Lsherm: Because People in power are Stupid: The worst one is the most pervasive.
[www.wildappledesigngroup.com image 528x406]

Yeah, fark Oracle right up the ass for that one.  Not only do we have to put up with a bug-ridden security nightmare, but they want to auto-install a toolbar for a company that should have gone out of business in 2002.


reminds me of:

www.dowling.edu
 
2014-05-15 02:31:21 PM  

Lsherm: Because People in power are Stupid: The worst one is the most pervasive.
[www.wildappledesigngroup.com image 528x406]

Yeah, fark Oracle right up the ass for that one.  Not only do we have to put up with a bug-ridden security nightmare, but they want to auto-install a toolbar for a company that should have gone out of business in 2002.



And quadruple fark them in the ass with the largest of elephant penises for that motherfarking service that constantly wants to check if there's an update (there isn't).  Our client's vpn software requires java and it drives me bananas.
 
2014-05-15 02:32:12 PM  
My gf always manages to infest her laptop every 3 months or so. Have to go in, format and reinstall everything, oh so much fun.
Somehow my computer runs win 7 with no antivirus and goes years without anything. Hmmmm.... But but but it was free she says.
 
2014-05-15 02:33:07 PM  
Ironic: Carbon Black installs an unsecured backdoor and keylogger.
 
2014-05-15 02:33:27 PM  
I transfer it from my VM to my host OS?
 
2014-05-15 02:33:52 PM  
My computer has more trojans than a bath house men's room.
 
2014-05-15 02:33:56 PM  
If people took time to read the installer prompts, they wouldn't get pwned. The world is harder for illiterates , welcome to the future.
 
2014-05-15 02:35:14 PM  

byteme4321: My gf always manages to infest her laptop every 3 months or so. Have to go in, format and reinstall everything, oh so much fun.
Somehow my computer runs win 7 with no antivirus and goes years without anything. Hmmmm.... But but but it was free she says.


Why would you not run MSE? It is free.
 
2014-05-15 02:35:45 PM  

pute kisses like a man: Lsherm: Because People in power are Stupid: The worst one is the most pervasive.
[www.wildappledesigngroup.com image 528x406]

Yeah, fark Oracle right up the ass for that one.  Not only do we have to put up with a bug-ridden security nightmare, but they want to auto-install a toolbar for a company that should have gone out of business in 2002.

reminds me of:

[www.dowling.edu image 600x299]


My Grandfather's browser nearly looked like that at one point.
 
2014-05-15 02:36:04 PM  

byteme4321: My gf always manages to infest her laptop every 3 months or so. Have to go in, format and reinstall everything, oh so much fun.
Somehow my computer runs win 7 with no antivirus and goes years without anything. Hmmmm.... But but but it was free she says.


Antivirus for free:

http://www.lavasoft.com/
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
http://www.safer-networking.org/

Might help, if you can get her to run them now and again.
 
2014-05-15 02:37:50 PM  
A whole lot of fapping?
 
2014-05-15 02:38:15 PM  
I haven't used an anti-virus in years.

I assume everything is a trap. Which is why I'm still alive...
 
2014-05-15 02:41:31 PM  
Ironically I got a warning message just trying to get to that webpage:

This is probably not the site you are looking for!

You attempted to reach  blog.bit9.com, but instead you actually reached a server identifying itself as  www.bit9.com. This may be caused by a misconfiguration on the server or by something more serious. An attacker on your network could be trying to get you to visit a fake (and potentially harmful) version ofblog.bit9.com.

You should not proceed,  especially if you have never seen this warning before for this site.
Proceed anyway   Back to safety
 
2014-05-15 02:41:45 PM  

byteme4321: My gf always manages to infest her laptop every 3 months or so. Have to go in, format and reinstall everything, oh so much fun.
Somehow my computer runs win 7 with no antivirus and goes years without anything. Hmmmm.... But but but it was free she says.


Sounds like she likes those naughty sites.
 
2014-05-15 02:41:49 PM  
Carbon Black
Carbon Black
Carbon Black
Carbon Black
Carbon Black


Well now you've done it, you've gone and summoned him.
 
2014-05-15 02:42:28 PM  
what? even if it's just porn files?
 
2014-05-15 02:42:50 PM  

Saborlas: That's a pretty detailed article for an advertisement.


Also this.

Mainly this.

Only this, in fact.
 
2014-05-15 02:42:54 PM  

pute kisses like a man: Lsherm: Because People in power are Stupid: The worst one is the most pervasive.
[www.wildappledesigngroup.com image 528x406]

Yeah, fark Oracle right up the ass for that one.  Not only do we have to put up with a bug-ridden security nightmare, but they want to auto-install a toolbar for a company that should have gone out of business in 2002.

reminds me of:

[www.dowling.edu image 600x299]


Oh, man.  That's rough.  It's also precisely the reason I don't let the kids install anything without me being there.  Because they don't know what to look for.
 
2014-05-15 02:43:47 PM  
heh, the author's name is Jeffrey Guy.  i wish i could still see (Some Guy) as a tag source.  i miss those days.
 
2014-05-15 02:44:06 PM  
I shudder to think how much of my career has involved going into "problem" machines and removing unnecessary software that's causing problems.
 
2014-05-15 02:44:56 PM  
Over the years I have downloaded lots of free stuff from the Internet. What's the problem?
i.imgur.com i.imgur.com i.imgur.com i.imgur.com i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-15 02:44:57 PM  

Egoy3k: byteme4321: My gf always manages to infest her laptop every 3 months or so. Have to go in, format and reinstall everything, oh so much fun.
Somehow my computer runs win 7 with no antivirus and goes years without anything. Hmmmm.... But but but it was free she says.

Why would you not run MSE? It is free.


Or upgrade to Win 8.
Windows Defender is built in and it's pretty much MSE.

Plus, Win 8 > Win 7
 
2014-05-15 02:44:58 PM  

pute kisses like a man: Lsherm: Because People in power are Stupid: The worst one is the most pervasive.
[www.wildappledesigngroup.com image 528x406]

Yeah, fark Oracle right up the ass for that one.  Not only do we have to put up with a bug-ridden security nightmare, but they want to auto-install a toolbar for a company that should have gone out of business in 2002.

reminds me of:

[www.dowling.edu image 600x299]


I have clients that look like that when I log on to help them out.
they think I'm god.

They chose.. . poorly.
 
2014-05-15 02:46:09 PM  
I run Debian on my laptop and everything on it is free software. So far I just have a rock solid system that meets all of my computing needs but I suppose something bad could happen at any time.
 
2014-05-15 02:46:14 PM  
It's a blog made to get your interested in "Carbon Black" (the software they are developing)
 
2014-05-15 02:46:17 PM  
www.2-spyware.com

WARNING
POLICE PRO HAS DETECTED YOUR COMPUTER IS FARKED

SUBMIT YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER IMMEDIATELY TO BUY THE FULL VERSION AND STOP THIS MADNESS FOREVER

www.bleepstatic.com

o rly?
 
2014-05-15 02:46:48 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: The worst one is the most pervasive.
[www.wildappledesigngroup.com image 528x406]


So much this; people keep forgetting to uncheck that option.  That's why they get home pages that have nothing to do with what they want and think it's a virus.
 
2014-05-15 02:48:15 PM  

Carn: byteme4321: My gf always manages to infest her laptop every 3 months or so. Have to go in, format and reinstall everything, oh so much fun.
Somehow my computer runs win 7 with no antivirus and goes years without anything. Hmmmm.... But but but it was free she says.

Antivirus for free:

http://www.lavasoft.com/
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
http://www.safer-networking.org/

Might help, if you can get her to run them now and again.


Comodo as well; much better than AVG when it comes to false-positives.
 
2014-05-15 02:48:19 PM  
I like how he starts the article being everyguy dad who cannot explain dick about malware or adware and then just writes his own security program to save us all.
 
2014-05-15 02:49:50 PM  
Sandboxie is a good way to avoid getting infested. Just right-click on the suspect installer and run it sandboxed. Later on, you can transfer the unpacked freeware out of the sandbox and delete all the (virtual) changes the installer made with one click.
 
2014-05-15 02:51:17 PM  

reveal101: I haven't used an anti-virus in years.

I assume everything is a trap. Which is why I'm still alive...


Curses! Foiled again.
 
2014-05-15 02:53:28 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Over the years I have downloaded lots of free stuff from the Internet. What's the problem?
[i.imgur.com image 145x140] [i.imgur.com image 143x170] [i.imgur.com image 93x80] [i.imgur.com image 200x160] [i.imgur.com image 219x96]


The second from the left should be removed at all costs
 
2014-05-15 02:53:31 PM  

Rwa2play: So much this; people keep forgetting to uncheck that option.  That's why they get home pages that have nothing to do with what they want and think it's a virus.


I'm convinced that Java is a virus with a component that makes it desirable for otherwise reputable companies to require it on their clients computers. In other words, it's good for the development company but not good for their clients.
 
2014-05-15 02:56:04 PM  

Rwa2play: Carn: byteme4321: My gf always manages to infest her laptop every 3 months or so. Have to go in, format and reinstall everything, oh so much fun.
Somehow my computer runs win 7 with no antivirus and goes years without anything. Hmmmm.... But but but it was free she says.

Antivirus for free:

http://www.lavasoft.com/
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
http://www.safer-networking.org/

Might help, if you can get her to run them now and again.

Comodo as well; much better than AVG when it comes to false-positives.


Uhg, I remember the first through fifth version of adaware was atrocious and just as bad as what it supposedly blocked. Can't believe theyre still around and someone considers them 'good'. Unless they got a major overhaul.

I use comodo and mwb, been fine for years. Although comodos recent facelift is annoying.
 
2014-05-15 02:56:11 PM  

Drummer: It's a blog made to get your interested in "Carbon Black" (the software they are developing)


No shiat. Admittedly though, a visual process tree is a lot more intuitive.
 
2014-05-15 03:00:40 PM  

NutWrench: Sandboxie is a good way to avoid getting infested. Just right-click on the suspect installer and run it sandboxed. Later on, you can transfer the unpacked freeware out of the sandbox and delete all the (virtual) changes the installer made with one click.


I always installed into that first when I was a helpdesk sclub for a few years between jobs. People never understood why they couldn't have a "great program" because it was full of viruses. You know those people, the ones that browse porn at work or try to run some file-sharing program on an office computer. (Thank the computer gods XP is end of life.)
 
2014-05-15 03:02:19 PM  
Running AVG Free , paid-for Malware Bytes and use AdBlock for Firefox (sorry FARK, feed your own damn squirrels).  I do regularly catch low-level "yellow" threat stuff with Malware Bytes (non "malware" but  potentially annoying stuff, tool-bar inserters and such, "Coupons" thingys), rarely have something more serious pop-up for AVG to handle.

Why do I do this? Because my computer is used when I am not home by a wife and two teenagers......
 
2014-05-15 03:05:46 PM  
Best Princess Celestia:

Uhg, I remember the first through fifth version of adaware was atrocious and just as bad as what it supposedly blocked. Can't believe theyre still around and someone considers them 'good'. Unless they got a major overhaul.

I use comodo and mwb, been fine for years. Although comodos recent facelift is annoying.


I had a neighborhood kid business where I would remove malware from people's PCs in 2002-2004.  I used Adaware (among other things) and it worked excellently.  Not sure what version, I want to say 7 but that sounds like something my brain made up.
 
2014-05-15 03:06:38 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Over the years I have downloaded lots of free stuff from the Internet. What's the problem?
[i.imgur.com image 145x140] [i.imgur.com image 143x170] [i.imgur.com image 93x80] [i.imgur.com image 200x160] [i.imgur.com image 219x96]


As someone with a couple of hundred free books from Project Gutenberg (and a couple of dozen from Baen Free Library) on my e-reader and laptop, I'd certainly like to know if there's a problem with their .epub files.

I've avoided C-Net like the plague for the last decade or so. My ex gf would download "free" crap from there frequently, and her computer was a mess ... and not just because she had Vista, which was its own separate disaster. At one point she had nine different toolbars on her browser and wondered why her "internet connection was so slow".
 
2014-05-15 03:08:40 PM  

byteme4321: My gf always manages to infest her laptop every 3 months or so. Have to go in, format and reinstall everything, oh so much fun.
Somehow my computer runs win 7 with no antivirus and goes years without anything. Hmmmm.... But but but it was free she says.


Take the Admin privilege away from her account.
I always use a guest account on my PC and went 3 years running nothing but MSE without a problem.

Caveat - something recently snuck in.  MSE will find it when booted in Safe mode and scanned, but it respawns after a day or two.  I'm going to need to use a root-kit or reinstall and possibly reformat the drive.
 
2014-05-15 03:12:14 PM  
Argh, my parents download something about once a month and f*ck up the computer. Last time it was one of those phony virus scanners that prompts you for a credit card for the reg code and won't let you do anything until you enter one. Pain in the ass to get rid of. The people who develop this shiat should be prosecuted the same way someone who tampers with a phone or postal mail would be.
 
2014-05-15 03:14:21 PM  
I run MSE. People seems to forget about it these days. It is really good and it never slows down my computer.
 
2014-05-15 03:15:07 PM  

Carn: byteme4321: My gf always manages to infest her laptop every 3 months or so. Have to go in, format and reinstall everything, oh so much fun.
Somehow my computer runs win 7 with no antivirus and goes years without anything. Hmmmm.... But but but it was free she says.

Antivirus for free:

http://www.lavasoft.com/
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
http://www.safer-networking.org/

Might help, if you can get her to run them now and again.


I'd like to add my favorite:

http://www.avast.com

Note that Malwarebytes is anti-malware, not anti-virus. Use it in conjunction with a proper anti-virus.
 
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