Malware Alert – A Follow Up

Summary – A note from the developer of FotoSketcher commenting on yesterday’s malware alert.

As a result of yesterday’s post on this topic

I received the following from FotoSketcher’s developer

Hi Ed,

Thank you for the heads up. I read your post and indeed the ads which are
shown on my website do sometimes look like download buttons (I don't always
see them, since the ads I get in France can be different).
I think this is a bit devious, but Google AdSense is the only revenue I get
from FotoSketcher (apart from a few donations from generous users), so I
have to keep the ads in place.

Your advice to your readers is spot on. On my download page, I do specify
that FotoSketcher must be downloaded from the official mirror (FossHub.com)
as I know that they are trustworthy and have lots of mirrors in different
countries.

One word of caution you could relay to your readers: I have seen some ads
when doing a Google.com search for "FotoSketcher" which pointed to some
nasty download managers.

I did have download managers in the past (from two reputable companies), but
I found that even they were too intrusive, so I abandoned them.

Best regards,

David THOIRON
Lyons, France

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(I continue to recommend FotoSketcher

in case you’re wondering, Ed)

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Related to David’s reference to

“nasty download managers”

Be careful searching for downloads

Many/most results will be for “managers”

Not the product’s actual site

While many are perfectly reputable

Why take that chance if you can avoid it?

Not sure? Then DON’T

Here’s an example

(I have no idea re. safety of 2nd site)

11-6-2013 7-23-17 AM

Let me repeat my download advice one final time

This applies to any and all sites

NOT just FotoSketcher

F.

BEFORE CLICKING ON A DOWNLOAD BUTTON

REGARDLESS OF THE SITE YOU’RE ON

NOTICE THE SITE’S URL (BEFORE THE .COM)

IF THAT CHANGES AFTER YOU CLICK

BEWARE – YOU’RE NOT IN KANSAS ANY MORE!

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2 thoughts on “Malware Alert – A Follow Up

  1. Hi Ed,

    I am Sam, from FossHub and I would like to add a few things to what David said. We consider the ads that looks like a download button…”deceptive”. I would like you to know that we block such ads on a weekly basis however, after we did this for over a year, we realize that it’s an endless battle. We block them and others keep coming back, sometimes even after a few hours. I’ve read on the Internet that new accounts are being launched on a daily basis because this seems to work great for the companies that promote this advertising. We don’t like this kind of advertising but except for blocking those ads, there is little that we can do. Probably it would be worth to say that we (FossHub) don’t use installers, bundles, pop-ups, excessive advertising or any other crap. If you will download a software from FossHub and your antivirus says “malware/adware” or anything like that (unless it’s a false positive for which we recommend VirusTotal service) – please, always ask the developer of that program if he has anything to do with this. All software available on our website is exactly as we received it – we do not touch the binaries. Thank you for reading this!

    • Thank you very much, Sam. Interesting – and confirms suspicions about how this problem comes about. Kudos to FossHub for staying above it all – or at least trying.

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