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Offline boydralp

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New virus Win32:Softonic-H
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:48:28 PM »
There is a new virus, Win32:Softonic-H.  It is attached to Softonic's downloader software.  Softonic is a company that downloads software guaranteed virus free.  But it seems it has been compromised.  Does anyone know what this virus does and how dangerous it is?

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Re: New virus Win32:Softonic-H
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 10:56:25 PM »
Thanks for sharing.
Another free download site that is involved in malware sharing.
It's a shame.
I never recommended Softonic anyway.
The best things in life are free.

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Re: New virus Win32:Softonic-H
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012, 11:03:14 PM »
It is not malware as such but a so-called PUP detection. A possibly unwanted program or so-called riskware is a program that you have not willfully installed yourself (came with malware) or are not fully aware of the risks involved. In that case it should be removed. See: https://www.virustotal.com/file/975363464609146eaf5f582ef910c29cecfff8e0e88c0e7fabd21cce38edc5b2/analysis/
Avast flags this PUP as Win32:Softonic-H [PUP]. So it is your decision to keep the software or not.
Some also consider the downloader to contain adware,

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Re: New virus Win32:Softonic-H
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012, 01:51:11 AM »
CNet-downloads is also using a downloader that is not well seen around security communities:

http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=11649.0

Still good, clean sites for downloads, besides the vendor's site of course:

http://www.filehippo.com/

http://www.majorgeeks.com/

http://www.filehorse.com/

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Re: New virus Win32:Softonic-H
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012, 02:11:09 AM »
Hi iroc9555,

Yes more and more users are becoming aware of the crapware additions, it is becoming a general scheme.
Majorgeeks is a great source for vendor's free malware cleansing tools without the nagscreens and other additional adware,

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