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InstallMac uninstaller antics

Posted on February 16th, 2014 at 10:01 PM EDT

InstallMac is adware that I have written about before, as it is currently being added to some downloads available on Softonic. (Without the permission of the developers of the apps in question, I should note.) This adware, as well as the Genieo adware that powers it, has been known for some time to have a non-functional uninstaller. Although the uninstaller does appear to remove the software, it leaves behind some of the hidden components. It turns out, though, that the uninstaller’s behavior is worse than previously known!
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Continue to boycott Softonic

Posted on December 6th, 2013 at 6:55 AM EDT

Softonic has been a problem before, as outlined in a previous article, Boycott Softonic. In a nutshell, Softonic was wrapping some software downloaded from their site in an adware installer, which installed the ChatZum adware. Worse, the adware was installed regardless of whether you declined this “optional” software. Although Softonic quickly removed these installers when caught, they obviously did not learn the error of their ways. Adware-riddled installers are back!
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Boycott Softonic

Posted on April 16th, 2013 at 9:53 PM EDT

Just a few hours ago, I wrote about a VLC installer on Softonic that was installing adware. (Adware that was not authorized to be included with VLC, according to a post by Jean-Baptiste Kempf of VLC.) It has just come to my attention that the same thing is happening with UnRarX, and on downloading that software from Softonic, I verified that the installer behaves in the same way. It looks like Softonic is wrapping free software in a custom installer that installs adware, obviously to generate revenue for Softonic. I’m sure that the list of software being abused in this way will continue to grow over the next few days. This is despicable behavior, and I would ask everyone to boycott Softonic until they change their behavior.
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ChatZum adware added to VLC on Softonic

Posted on April 16th, 2013 at 4:44 PM EDT

It was brought to my attention today by an astute reader that there is a copy of VLC, currently being hosted on Softonic, which has had adware added to it. Of course, I had to investigate, and what I found is very concerning. That report turns out to be completely true, and worse, the adware installs components on your system even when you opt out of installing it!
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