Fresh Download

  Scribbler 15:32 05 Dec 2004

I use Fresh Download (from Fresh Devices) as a download manager. It's very efficient. However, I was alarmed that it has been identified in an anti-spyware scan I have run as being "adware". Is this an error? Does anybody have a view?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:39 05 Dec 2004

Definately spyware included with all Fresh devices software. I uninstalled my versions.

  powerless 15:42 05 Dec 2004

Fresh Download does NOT include spyware.

  dagwoood 16:00 05 Dec 2004

Further to Powerless's post, I have Fresh Download and Fresh U.I. on my system, and both Spybot S&D and AdAware SE have never picked anything up that relates to them.


  Scribbler 16:18 05 Dec 2004

It hasn't been picked up by AdWatch, but has been by the new Yahoo Anti-Spy program, which identified 9 elements of adware in it.

  Steven W 18:12 05 Dec 2004

What 9 elements exactly?

  Steven W 18:12 05 Dec 2004
  Steven W 18:17 05 Dec 2004

click here

but i can't see any more info about whats wrong with Fresh Download other than it is AdWare. Never experienced any problems in 3 years of using FD!

  Steven W 18:22 05 Dec 2004
  GaT7 00:12 06 Dec 2004

I came across this some months ago & was going to post on the PCA forum, but as it's virtually harmless let it go & have continued using it with no adverse effects. As the spynet link above mentions: "Threat risk: Low Risk. Advice: Keep. This is a low risk application and will not cause direct harm to your computer, removing it is not required."

I'd say the main thing to be careful about is the email address you give when you register to receive their codes. With ALL sites, you're not 100% sure of, it's good practice to give a 'disposeable' email address or one you can easily dump should it get spammed or ridden with viruses. G

  Scribbler 17:03 07 Dec 2004

Thanks to all. Crossbow7, I'll take your advice since the threat seems pretty low risk. Perhaps I'll also uninstall and then re-install under another email address.

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