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YTD Video Downloader
Following on in our series, we are now onto YTD Video Downloader.
So, how did we do with YTD Video Downloader?
First, do you see the ‘External Download Site’ Under the download now button?. It’s kinda grey, and it by itself doesn't appear to be anything obtrusive. Or so you would think.
Part 1. Ok, this is fine. We click on Next.
You are agreeing to the following: The Spigot Terms of Service (which you have agreed to, because you have clicked Agree and Install)
Browser Extensions in Internet Explorer.
Shopping Aid / New Tab Aid in Google Chrome
Slick Savings / Start Page / Ebay Shopping Assistant in Mozilla Firefox.
If you click on the Custom Install (advanced), then you have to UNTICK the following:
Make yahoo! your default search engine in Internet Explorer/Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox.
Make Yahoo! your home and start up page in Internet Explorer/Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox.
Install the extensions by Spigot (Browser extentions (IE), Shopping Assitant / New Tab Assistant (GC), Slick Savings / Start Page/Ebay Assistant (FF).
So which ever way you install this program, unless you untick the boxes, the above WILL be installed on your machine!.
Also play close attention to the terms and conditions that you are agreeing to.
The full terms and conditions you are agreeing to can be found on their website. However, for quickness sake, these are the parts I have the main issues with.
1:The Program allows you a convenient way to help find search results online by collecting your requests for information and processing them through our search engine partners. Our partners may compensate us for making this information available to you. So they can (read will) be paid by the search engine partners they are affiliated with they put forward to you.
If You do not agree to or with any and each and every of the terms or conditions in these Terms, do not install or use the Program. Your use of the Program is deemed to be Your agreement to abide and be bound by each of the Terms set forth herein, and each amendment as and when made and effective.
3. MODIFICATION OF TERMS
We may make changes, modifications, and amendments to the Terms at any time. We may change, update, amend, and modify the Terms from time to time. The latest Terms may be posted or be available through (EDITOR their website), and You agree that You should always review them prior to using the Program so that You may always be aware of what has changed, if anything. If any modification is unacceptable to You, You will cease using the Program right away. If You do not cease using the Program You will be conclusively deemed to have accepted the change(s) and amendments. Except as stated elsewhere, all amended Terms will automatically be effective as soon as they are initially posted by Us, except if We state in writing that We are giving advance notice of any amended term to be effective on a date in the future. You’re expected to read pages of diatribe each time you wish to use the program, in case the terms and conditions have changed. And not changed for the better!.
We are not obligated to provide notice of amendment to the Terms by way of any method other than the making available or posting of the amended Terms, or any Spigot Platform (any means of accessing the foregoing website, the Terms, or the Program, including mobile devices, smartphones, tablets, apps, readers.
4: Rights You Grant to Spigot.
By installing the Program on your computer, you expressly authorize and request Spigot to:
a) act as your search agent to conduct inquiries on your behalf using Spigot’s search engine and technologies and partners’ sites, and collect relevant information and display it to you;
b) take actions Spigot deems appropriate to provide the Program to you and to act on your behalf in obtaining information from partners and displaying that to you;
c) read and interpret your search requests and results on certain sites and use this information to conduct searches on your behalf, offer alternative results and to personalize the Program for you;
e) start the Program automatically when you start your computer, and to appear as extensions/add-ons/plug-ins in your Microsoft Internet Explorer and/or Mozilla Firefox and/or Google Chrome browsers. You may change how the Program starts and appears using the respective browser options;
g) communicate with Spigot servers from time to time to check for available software updates including bug fixes, patches, enhanced functions and new versions (collectively, “Updates”). By installing the Program, you agree to automatically request and receive Updates.
10. ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND PROMISSORY ESTOPPEL
SPIGOT DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY WARRANTIES AGAINST VIRUSES, SPYWARE, OR MALWARE THAT MAY BE INSTALLED ON YOUR COMPUTER [ALTHOUGH WE TRY TO PROTECT AGAINST THAT].
Hmm.. Funny this, as SPIGOT themselves is a well known source of malware. And is REMOVED from your computer, by using a good malware removal tool!
The list goes on, and on. But I’m sure you get the picture.
All the above just by clicking agree and install. So irrespective of which internet browser you use, it WILL be affected in some shape or form. UNLESS you UNTICK the box(es)
So we click Agree and Install and continue on our quest
Next is Rockettab. Again Rockettab is a well known source of malware.
It apparently ”enhances" your search experience by bringing together all the best local content from sites such as Yelp, Groupon, CityGrid and More.
Again, we click on Accept, and continue
At this point Avast (Remember the Number 1 downloaded program, YOUR antivirus) clicks in, and basically states that
It has found a virus within the YTD video Downloader, and had blocked access to it. As shown above.
Also the infection was blocked as you can see below.
Note: This is the first time Avast caught something ‘wrong’ with the machine.
So from here, we decided not to continue with the YTD Video Downloader program for obvious reasons.
As per above, where it stated that YTD Video Downloader would change our home page(s) to Yahoo, etc, we checked this out, and as you can see from the picture below, it did.
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Free YouTube Downloader
Following on from part 3 of our series “What happens when you install the top 20 download.com apps – Advanced SystemCare". We are now onto number 4 on the list Free YouTube Downloader
So, how did we do with Free YouTube Downloader?
First, do you see the ‘Secure Download?. It’s kinda gray, and it by itself doesn't appear to be anything obtrusive... Or so you would think.
Part 1. Ok, this is fine. Note Step 1 of 3. We click on Accept.
You are agreeing to the following: SafeSearch. SafeSearch is apparently created by AVSoftware. Reading what is states here, is that it is a unique search engine that filters malicious sites or sites with bad reputations. Every website is weighted on several critical factors – vendor reliability, child safety, privacy issues, user opinions and ratings.
Now you would think with this, it is ok. But after doing some research we find out the following.
What is SafeSearch?
SafeSearch is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer (BHO) and Firefox/Chrome (plugin) and distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. The browser extension includes various features that will modify the default or custom settings of the browser including the home page, search settings and in some cases will modify Internet Explorer’s load time threshold, place a lock file within Firefox to prevent competing software from changing its settings as well as disable the browser’s Content Security Policy in order to allow for cross site scripting of the plugin. The software is typically bundled as part as an additional offer with the StartInstall download manager.
About (from AVSoftware)
SafeSearch created by AVSoftware is unique search engine that filters malicious sites or sites with bad reputation. Every website is weighted on several critical factors – vendor reliability, child safety, privacy issues, user opinions and ratings.
SafeSearch has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
So again, your browser will be hijacked, home page amended. Only this time, it places a lock within Firefox to prevent other software from changing its settings, as well as disable the browsers content security policy.
So again we click Accept.
Now we are given the chance to ‘accept’ Crime Watch!.
Crime Watch allows you to stay informed of crimes committed around the world. And THOUSANDS of users have installed it.
To be honest, I am not surprised that thousands have installed it, as the Decline button is Grayed out. Making you believe that you HAVE to click on Accept!.
So we click accept.
Finally we can installed Free YouTube Downloader. About time if you ask me!.
Clicking on Next.
Will install SpeedUpMyPC 2015. In doing so, a free scan to detect issues and find available tweaks. Ohh Goody!. More on this very shortly.
Clicking on Next.
This time we are agreeing to install Skype.
Now Skype itself is a wonderful program, and we utilize it each day to contact clients, and keep in touch with friends and family from around the world.
Clicking Next, installed Free YouTube Downloader.
So until the next installment,
PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON WHAT YOU CLICK, AND AGREE TO INSTALL!
Be sure to contact me if you have found yourself on the other end of some of the tactics these people play.
Thanks to Cadishead Computers for the use of this series of articles.
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Next on our list of the top 20 programs, is Advanced SystemCare.
First, note the number of Free Download buttons shown above. I see 3. More on this later in the series.
OK, so I have decided I want to download Advanced SystemCare. Now which download link do I choose?
Do I choose this one?
Well clicking on this link, brings up this page.
Hang on. This isn’t Advanced SystemCare. It’s a PC fixer program, and my machine does need looking at. I’ll download it and see.
Well after waiting for at least 5 minutes, K9-PCFixer failed to download. So it looks like I may have to find another way of fixing my computer.
Back to Advanced SystemCare
This part is fine. Click next, and up comes
Install Iobit Malware Fighter. Which claims to be “The World’s leading Anti-Malware tool”.
Lets see about that shall we..
Click next, and Advanced SystemCare gets installed.
So Advanced SystemCare is now installed, and we allow it to run.
We have clicked Scan, and let it run through all the ‘repairs’
Ok. Our PC is clean! Woo Hoo.. Or is it?
Dear readers, what are your thoughts?
So we click on activate.
So they ‘Promise’ to speed up the PC by up to 200%
Boost my internet speed by up to 300%
Clean and do a deeper optimization of the computers registry. (Remember our previous warnings?)
Finally do a real time active protection and Optimization of the computer.
Sounds good yes?
Oh.. how nice, they are offering me Advanced SystemCare Professional, Smart Defrag Pro, IOBit Uninstaller Pro, and AMC security Pro for only $19.99.
Well with my IT technical head on here.
Their promises are nothing short of ‘Rubbish’ for lack of a better expression.
200% faster computer? – Impossible by the way they claim to be able to do.
300% faster internet speed? – Impossible. Only a call to your Internet Service Provider (ISP), can speed your internet speed up. That’s if they can.
Deeper clean and registry optimisation – I wouldn’t let them near my registry with the proverbial 10 foot barge pole.
Read http://betanews.com/2012/10/24/iobit-advanced-systemcare-6-pro-review/ for a independant review between the pro and free version of advanced system care.
In IOBit’s own forums – this is what they claim is the difference between smart defrag pro and the free version.
Smart Defrag Pro and Smart Defrag v2.8 are not the same, pro has a couple of more options such as defragmenting fragmented registry in the boot time and another defragmentation algorithm as fast smart defrag.
We could not find any differences between the IObit Uninstaller PRO and the usual edition.
AMC Security Pro – This is designed for Mobile Phones. We cannot comment on this program, as we did not download or use it.
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