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InstallCore adware proliferates

Posted on April 8th, 2015 at 11:42 AM EDT

InstallCore is adware that began with a couple simple browser extensions. (One of these took the same name as a Spigot extension, “Searchme”, leaving questions about whether InstallCore might be related to Spigot in some way or whether this is purely coincidence.) Recently, however, new variants of InstallCore have been appearing like poop on a lawn full of geese. And some of the strategies it’s using stink just as badly!
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Boycott CNET’s Download.com

Posted on October 29th, 2013 at 8:41 AM EDT

Download.com has been accused of unethical behavior in the past. In particular, they have been known to insert their own adware in downloaded installers, contrary to the wishes (and without the knowledge) of the developers whose software is being hijacked. This in particular angered Fyodor, the developer of the open source network mapping tool Nmap, so severely that he sent a strongly-worded e-mail to a security mailing list, leading to CNET being widely reviled by the developer community. Unfortunately, I have just found hard evidence that these practices are continuing, almost 2 years later, with Mac downloads.
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