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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tucows' Express Files Installation Process Review

Unfortunately, it's no big secret that the some high profile software download websites have been remarkably inconsistent this season: they have been offering innocent users downware! For example is tucows hosts InstallX.

Express Files - tucows downloads

  1. "Thanks for using tucows! All of our software is tested to be guaranteed virus and spyware free. ..."
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  3. "Choose installation type to continue... Advanced Installation:"
    • "Make Groovorio my new tab page"
    • "... my default search engine"
    • ".. default homepage"
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  5. "Continue to download and installation of TidyNetwork, Common Dictionary, OptimizerPro (aka, Optimizer Pro), and UpdateAdmin (Note: it's the clone of DownloadAdmin)."
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  7. "Get the latest news about crimes committed around the world! ... By clicking accept you agree to the terms and privacy policy of Crime Watch (NOTE: it'd be the variant of Storm Alert, Storm Watch, etc.)."
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What did VirusTotal say?

Foistware show NOW starts, AGAIN...

(" kozaka Official Visitor Survey - 20 November, 2014")

  • "Express Files, Smart Downloader... to install DictAddon... Re-Markit... WebStroller"
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  • "Because browsing doesn't have to be difficult - Kozaka (clone of Zommify... Yonton)"
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Yontoo is a potentially unwanted application that installs a browser extension to display advertisements that appear to be from Facebook.
From Yontoo | Symantec

New junkware installation procedure...
  • "Get Desktop Notification when Storms Are Heading Your Way (Storm Alert)"
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  • "By clicking accept, I agree to VuuPC End User License Agreement..."
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  • "Access every day to free apps or at reduced of our partners with Onesoftperday (aka, oneSOFTperday)."
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Related guide

Common dictionary 1.0 Removal Help

Further reading

Amazon Web Services hosts more malware hosting sites than any other ISP or web hosting provider, according to a new report from security company Solutionary.

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