OT: C|Net's Download.com adware, spyware, malware hijinkx.

Chris Brennan xaero at xaerolimit.net
Fri Dec 9 15:35:44 UTC 2011

Sorry for the cross post I hadn't seen any chatter about this on the lists.
would seem that Download.com got caught with their pants down and were
re-wrapping F/OSS with their own installer and bundling adware, spyware
and malware with it.

NMap's author, over at insecure.org got pretty hot about it and has
considerable information on the topic since he learned about it on Monday.




Again, sorry for the cross post, but I know how I would feel if this were
to me (I'd be pretty pissed!) So flame me later for cross-posting and if
your a
software developer who also makes software for Windows users, then go and
check your stuff if it's listed on download.com.

So far, paint.net's software, VLC, NMap and emergeDesktop were affected.
Being a part of emergeDesktop's community, I know the author their has
instructed the community to not download his software from download.com,
I'm not sure what steps have been taken for paint.net and VLC though.

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