Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2011 21:29 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Multimedia, AV This is a problem I hadn't yet heard of, so it fascinates me to no end. We all know VLC, right? It's one of the best video players out there, and while I myself generally just install the K-Lite Codec Pack, VLC is definitely a good alternative - and pretty much the norm on Linux. They're having a problem, though: malicious folk are bundling VLC with malware, offering it up for download as the official VLC, and misleading users in the process. Not only does this violate the GPL - it's pretty damn low, too.
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RE: D'oh!
by AlephZero on Tue 12th Jul 2011 14:04 UTC in reply to "D'oh!"
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Just download from the ORIGINAL source. If someone is just plain stupid and downloads from some popup/ad, then it is not your problem, VLC guys!

Stupid people need to educate themselves, really ...

You're right, but the problem here is dual:

1) The users that downloaded the program actually downloaded VLC + other cr@p. Infected users could say "I installed VLC and my computer now is 3x slower", blaming VLC for a crime it didn't commit

2) The malware could potentially make the host computer part of a botnet, potentially harming other people. Malware should NEVER be allowed in a computer!

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