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Offline polonus

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Who uses secretmaker?
« on: May 15, 2007, 01:27:44 PM »
Hi malware fighters,

Stumbled on a free program to block unwanted items: secretmaker,
http://www.secretmaker.com/
Anyone to comment on the usefulness of this one?

polonus

P.S. What I found is not encouraging: It is supposed to protect your pc from many many security problems BUT instead it installs Apyware/Adware in your system, that is not easy to discover and uninstall. It asks you IF you want to install the AZESearch toolbar but installs it antway, and 1- highjacks IE homepage. 2- adds a huge list of favorites (mainly porn) 3-Adds AZESearch toolbar to your browser....

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« Last Edit: May 15, 2007, 02:12:51 PM by polonus »
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Re: Who uses secretmaker?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2007, 03:12:28 PM »
Seems an antispam + cleaner tool... Does it add anything else?

SecretMaker Features:
Spam Fighter - Multi-level anti-spam solution that fights against junk emails
Security Watchdog - Protects you from computer hijacking attempts
Cookie Eraser - Prevents unwanted profiling through cookies
Intruder Blocker - Blocks out spyware, trackware and other harmful executables
Banner Blocker - Blocks banners, speeds up browsing and reduces online costs
Privacy Protector - Prevents tracking companies from identifying surfing habits
Pop-Up Blocker - Sophisticated and smart, blocks disturbing advertising windows
History Cleaners - Prevents betrayal, deletes history logs, speeds up your computer
Worm Hunter - Protects your computer from spreading email viruses
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Re: Who uses secretmaker?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2007, 11:24:01 PM »
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P.S. What I found is not encouraging: It is supposed to protect your pc from many many security problems BUT instead it installs Apyware/Adware in your system, that is not easy to discover and uninstall. It asks you IF you want to install the AZESearch toolbar but installs it antway, and 1- highjacks IE homepage. 2- adds a huge list of favorites (mainly porn) 3-Adds AZESearch toolbar to your browser....

For these reasons, I would not use it.    >:(


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Re: Who uses secretmaker?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007, 11:44:05 PM »
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P.S. What I found is not encouraging: It is supposed to protect your pc from many many security problems BUT instead it installs Apyware/Adware in your system, that is not easy to discover and uninstall. It asks you IF you want to install the AZESearch toolbar but installs it antway, and 1- highjacks IE homepage. 2- adds a huge list of favorites (mainly porn) 3-Adds AZESearch toolbar to your browser....

For these reasons, I would not use it.    >:(


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Wow... thanks for posting... I won't even test it...
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Re: Who uses secretmaker?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2007, 12:17:21 AM »
won't use it either polonus like i won't use that one another program i just tryed and uninstalled that i shouldn't have installed in the first place ::)
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« Last Edit: May 16, 2007, 12:49:25 AM by drhayden1 »

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Re: Who uses secretmaker?
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2007, 08:20:42 AM »
Oh drhayden1,

Where are the good ol' days of postcard ware. You had a nice open source free proggie that worked brilliantly on Windows, it came without crap, adware or spyware, you got a key to use it for sending a picture postcard to the maker in Belgium, you were allowed to re-engineer it, post the enhancements back to the maker, had to mention him, and you lived happy ever after.... A fairy tale? No reality, not super but common reality.
The situation has changed so completely, that you first have to tag the additional bonus adware not to be installed, if you only want the genuine part of the  bundled install. Everyone wants to earn a bit on the side from your tracked clicks (Google etc. malware ridden adware pays).  It is almost impossible  for the "average" person to keep his machine free from slowing down adware, additional tracking installs, spyware etc in the long run. and even the makers of M$ do not make your life easier with all their vulnerabilities and FIASCO upgrades in their constant yearning for growth and growth and growth.

But there are some things that weigh in the balance: Avast and extensions from enthusiasts, and security scripts from malware fighters, and crap artist blockers, and elegant creative programs. So always stay on the look-out for these little rays of sun-shine in the dark underworld of ego-driven greed-ware.

polonus
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Re: Who uses secretmaker?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2007, 08:46:33 AM »
it was the temptation(something that tempts, entices, or allures)of all those smiley's and etc.that hooked me polonus :o
below from being mentioned in your pm ;)
« Last Edit: May 16, 2007, 09:45:54 AM by drhayden1 »