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#231037 - 02/27/07 12:51 PM Malware - Hotspot Shield
Anonymous
Anyone who understands should be aware that the uninstall programs provided with Hotspot Shield and with Anchor Free both contain malicious trojans, though the basic software seems OK. Anyone using these should delete the uninstall programs after installation and in no circumstances run them. Rely on the built-in Windows uninstall facilities instead.

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#231038 - 02/27/07 01:06 PM Re: Malware - Hotspot Shield [Re: ]
caye land Offline
Interesting. How did you notice the trojans?

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#231085 - 02/28/07 02:58 AM Re: Malware - Hotspot Shield [Re: caye land]
Anonymous
I've started using a much more effective anti-virus-and-spyware package, and it found them. For the record it's called Bullguard and it's excellent.

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#231088 - 02/28/07 04:09 AM Re: Malware - Hotspot Shield [Re: ]
Caye Connect Offline
I've heard this so many time before. Unless you "opt-in" by not de-selecting the "rewards bar" feature, I have not had a problem. The "rewards bar" is obviously spyware. They plainly explain this. I have done one google search after another looking for evidence that the AF base service contains malware. Could someone please supply evidence from a major anti-malware firm about AF (sans rewards bar) containing a trojan?

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#231136 - 02/28/07 04:55 PM Re: Malware - Hotspot Shield [Re: Caye Connect]
Anonymous
As I said, it is the uninstall programs which contain the trojans. You install these every time you install Hotspot Shield, regardless of whether you opt for the rewards bar. Depending what anti-malware software you run, analyse those programs if you have them on your computer. I don't think Norton finds the trojans, but several of the better ones do.

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#231246 - 03/01/07 03:51 PM Re: Malware - Hotspot Shield [Re: ]
Anonymous
Bitdefender (who generate virus definitions for most anti-malware suppliers) have now examined the HSS download file and have pronounced the trojans non-malicious. They have withdrawn it from their virus definitions, so future scans shouldn't pick it up.

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