Is this a harmful site

Discussion in 'Anti-Virus' started by Metspitzer, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Metspitzer

    Metspitzer Guest

    According to my nephew, he was going to install VLC. Instead of going
    to videolan.org, he went to the top hit on Google's search. Is
    vlc.downloadster.org harmful. He said that he got a toolbar that he
    was unable to uninstall.

    There seem to be many times when Google returns a site that is not the
    original site for software ahead of the home page for the software.
     
    Metspitzer, Mar 19, 2012
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    Metspitzer Guest

    Would you try to just Google search for VLC and try the number 1 site?
    If the number 1 site is harmful, wouldn't that put some blame on
    Google?

    I have no clue what site my nephew was actually on, but just from me
    searching, the top hit does have a valid link.

    Google shows the site as vlc.downloadster.org
     
    Metspitzer, Mar 19, 2012
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    Dustin Guest

    No. It's not googles fault if I can't read what I'm fixing to click on.
    Which is not the homepage of vlc. Hence, download it from the homepage
    instead.
     
    Dustin, Mar 19, 2012
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  4. The site is actually http://downloadster.org/vlc.php

    According to virustotal, nod32 calls it Win32/DownloadAdmin.A.Gen
    while sophos calls it Download Admin.

    None of the others are detecting it.

    Regards, Dave Hodgins
     
    David W. Hodgins, Mar 20, 2012
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  5. Metspitzer

    Metspitzer Guest

    Thanks

    That kind of makes virustotal a little unreliable, huh? Or do they
    not consider tool bars harmful?
     
    Metspitzer, Mar 20, 2012
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    Metspitzer Guest

    Even if the toolbar has one of those "uncheck here not to be infected
    box," there should be a way to uninstall it. According to my nephew,
    there was no option to uninstall it.

    IMO any software that does not include a way to uninstall itself
    should have it's programmer hunted down and shot or, at least, pistol
    whipped.
     
    Metspitzer, Mar 21, 2012
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    ASCII Guest

    I remember HJT having a way to get rid of 'toolbars' BHOs and others.
     
    ASCII, Mar 21, 2012
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  8. Sometimes they're there, but not so obvious. You have some registry keys
    that store an "UninstallString" and another that makes that information
    appear in the add/remove programs dialog.
     
    FromTheRafters, Mar 21, 2012
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    G. Morgan Guest

    Does not exist:

    C:\Users\me>ping vlc.downloadster.org
    Ping request could not find host vlc.downloadster.org. Please
    check the name and try again.

    The #1 hit is meaningless sometimes, you are the one selecting
    links that Google was nice enough to index for you. They are not
    responsible for anything you click on.
     
    G. Morgan, Jun 7, 2012
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    G. Morgan Guest

    It makes it very reliable, if you can draw your own conclusions
    from the results. Again, this site just's tests files from other
    vendors... don't shoot the messenger.
     
    G. Morgan, Jun 7, 2012
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    Disable the toolbar in Internet Explorer. Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the window. Select Manage Add-ons from the menu. In the Add-on Types menu on the left, select “Toolbars and Extensions”. In the main section of the window, select the toolbar you want to disable. Click the Disable button in the bottom-right corner.

    Uninstall the toolbar. Open the Control Panel, either through the Start menu, or by pressing the Windows key + X (Windows 8 only). Under programs choose "Uninstall a Program". In Windows XP, this is called "Add/Remove Program".
    Find the toolbar in the list of programs. Select it and click the Uninstall/Remove button.

    Reset your Internet Explorer browser back to the default state. This step is for if you cannot remove the toolbar from the Windows Control Panel. Open your Internet Explorer browser and click on the gear icon and select “Internet Options” from the menu.
    Click the "Advanced" tab and click "Reset".
    A confirmation window will appear asking you if you really want to reset your Internet Explorer settings. Click "Reset".
    Restart Internet Explorer.

    Google chrome
    Try uninstalling the toolbar through the Control Panel. In the Windows Control Panel, open the Programs and Features option.
    You can access the Control Panel by using the Search feature in Windows. Simply type "control panel" in the search field and select it from the list of results.
    Scroll through the list of installed programs until you find the toolbar that you want to remove. Highlight it and select Uninstall.

    Open the Chrome Customize and Control menu. If you can't remove the toolbar using the Control Panel, you'll have to remove it from Chrome itself. You can access this by clicking the icon with three horizontal bars in the upper-right corner of the Chrome window.
    Select Settings from the menu that appears, and then select Extensions from the left menu of the Settings window.

    Remove the toolbar from Chrome. Scroll down until you find the toolbar that you wish to remove. Click the trashcan icon to the right of the entry. Chrome will ask you to confirm that you really want to delete it. Click Yes.
    There should be no need to restart Chrome after removing the toolbar from the Extensions menu, you should see the results immediately.

    Mozilla Firefox
    Uninstall the toolbar. Open the Control Panel, either through the Start menu, or by pressing the Windows key + X (Windows 8 only). Under programs choose "Uninstall a Program". In Windows XP, this is called "Add/Remove Program".
    Find the toolbar in the list of programs. Select it and click the Uninstall/Remove button.

    Remove the toolbar from Firefox's Add-ons manager. If you were unable to remove it from Windows Control Panel, you can disable it from within Firefox. Open your Firefox browser and click the Firefox button. Select Add-ons from the menu.
    Click on Extensions. Select the toolbar you want to remove and then click the Remove button.
    Restart your Mozilla Firefox browser to ensure that your changes take effect.

    Safari
    Remove the toolbar from the Safari Extensions manager. Click Safari and then select Preferences. Click on the Extensions tab.
    Highlight the toolbar that you want to remove and click Uninstall.
    Restart Safari to make the settings take effect.

    Uninstall the toolbar from your system. Open a Finder window and open your Applications folder. Scroll down until you see Toolbars. Open the Toolbars folder.
    Select the toolbar you want to remove and click Uninstall. The toolbar program will be uninstalled from your system.

    Remove any lingering files. If you’ve removed the toolbar but it is still loading when you start Safari, check your computer for any files that remained after uninstallation. Check the following locations for related files. Remove any file that are named the same as the toolbar you are trying to remove:
    /Library/LaunchAgents/
    /Library/LaunchDaemons/
    /Library/StartupItems/
    /Library/InputManagers/
    HD/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/
    HD/Library/Input Methods/
    HD/Library/InputManagers/
    HD/Library/ScriptingAdditions
     
    stevengerrard223, Sep 16, 2013
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    stevengerrard223

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    If you want to remove a toolbar, you can tgo to WikiHow can read to this:
    4 Ways to Remove Toolbars
     
    stevengerrard223, Sep 16, 2013
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    AthenaArain

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    There's a huge epidemic of virus makers packaging up popular free software with their spyware and then running PPC ads on Google Search to lure people into installing it. They're willing to spend a bit of money to have their ads displayed within search for specific terms like "VLC download" to make it look legit as if it's the first result coming up.

    I don't know why Google turns a blind eye to this.
     
    AthenaArain, Feb 8, 2014
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