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  1. #41

    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT

    I have used Filehippo for a while for downloads but looking for a new source. They now use a Downloader program and it has these "add-ons" in that program before you get the download you requested.


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  2. #42

    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 503
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

    I've always found majorgeeks to be better than most, but I would check all downloads even from developer sources these days
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  3. #43

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
    I just had reason to install myself and I also almost missed the pre checked box to take up the pro trial, wish they didn't do that sort of thing
    I know. But, at least they give you the option to disable it once your in the user interface of the program.
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  4. #44

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
    I've actually found that this sort of sneak attack is less likely on downloads direct from the developer than through one of the download sites.

    It's always best practice to download from the manufacturer or developer for many reasons of course, but if you have to go to a download site you need to be especially careful for these "PUPs"
    I scanned my sisters' Windows 7 Laptop last night, and Malwarebytes found a bunch of PUPS. No malware, that I can remember of.
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  5. #45

    Posts : 374
    Win 8.1 64bit

    I experienced the problem as described in above link after downloading Adwcleaner.

    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes did not identify the malware or more importantly give warning about the site before a download.

    ESET may have been a false positive as mentioned in the link, but the problem was my browser (IE 11) was effected with an involuntary change of search providers and strange behavior.

    Malwarebytes, like all AVs, is not perfect. I was using the Free Version, so perhaps the Premium Version may have given warning or at least warned the site was questionable.
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