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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malware rubbish"

    May 24, 2014  |   By chrisrap

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Never got a chance to try the actual OCR software.

    Cons

    Full of malware which gets installed even if you decline all third-party products in the initial phase of the install.

    Summary

    Despite declining all invitations to install third-party products during the initial phase of the install they have hidden 2 other malwares in the later stage of the install. I noticed when my PC ground to a halt and so I crashed out of the installer but still found a browser search hijack and another malware had installed themselves. Both uninstalled OK but CNET shouldn't be encouraging this bad practice ... other third-party software should NOT install by default otherwise it is malware.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malware alert!"

    May 12, 2014  |   By chylld

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Nothing at all

    Cons

    Installs a bunch of malware and hijacks browser search engine. Also fiddles with browser settings, especially the startup behaviour (bad if you rely on your browser remembering your windows/tabs from last session)

    Summary

    AVOID. This software should be removed from cnet asap. Reported multiple times but cnet has not taken action.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malware Nonsense! Don't get this!"

    May 10, 2014  |   By sephoratrading

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    The actual OCR program did manage to convert my scanned document into text rather accurately as far as the word content is concerned. It doesn't actually format the text well though. Very simple without many bells and whistles. Not worth it considering the malware though.

    Cons

    MALWARE! Without any option to ignore, this program installed V-Bates application and a "Search Protect" application by Conduit. It hijacked all my browsers, changed all their settings (including my settings to keep my tabs open on exit, I lost a lot of tab history because of this), and I started getting random ad popups that ruined my original navigation. Maybe the FreeOCR software itself is well-intentioned, but they should not have allowed these bloatware programs to be bundled with it.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS!!! I saw it had a high download count, but that must have been from previous versions. There are other options out there. AVOID THIS ONE!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Pure Malware"

    April 16, 2014  |   By unboltedfork

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    no redeeming qualities

    Cons

    Program doesn't work...just translates text into garbage characters. Hijacks your browser and installs malware.

    Summary

    Do not download this!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nothing but Malware"

    April 15, 2014  |   By scorpiomaj27

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Never got to use the OCR, but got my search hijacked and about a dozen warnings and blocks from ESET NOD32. On the bright side, my NOD32 protected me for the most part, except I was dumb enough to hit ALLOW a couple times.

    Cons

    This is nothing but malware and a firefox search hijacker of the search.conduit variety.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great freeware!"

    March 22, 2014  |   By MarcusVRS

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Free and simple, delivers what it promises!

    Cons

    None, it couldn't be better!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Bad download system and malware"

    March 17, 2014  |   By pmlang01

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    None. I could never even get the program loaded.

    Cons

    When I tried to download, I kept being diverted to other programs to download. I was never able to load the OCR program, and I ended up with malware hijacking my internet browser. I wish I'd known where to look for the reviews before I ever touched this.

    Summary

    I will NEVER, NEVER, EVER download anything from this site again.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works, but without formatting"

    February 23, 2014  |   By MVesseur

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Fast, few errors

    Cons

    No formatting, malware

    Summary

    It does indeed contain a bunch of annoyware. Make sure you click on "Decline" wherever possible during installation.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Junk - full of malware"

    February 15, 2014  |   By merrietoo

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    There are none as far as I'm concerned

    Cons

    Malware - that should be enough for the 'cons'section

    Summary

    This teaches me to not trust that Download.com's 'virus and malware check' is trustworthy. Now I'm wary of downlading any software from this site. I will also be sure to read reviews since I now see that several people did warn against the malware - and have been doing so for over a year!

    Updated on Feb 15, 2014

    It installs malware. I declined all the extras and still ended up getting constant popups and hijacks. This thing is JUNK.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Infected with malware."

    February 8, 2014  |   By rikketsia

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    I have not gotten there

    Cons

    IT IS INFECTED WITH BROWSER HIJACKING MALWARE

    Summary

    There were user agreements, I declined. Yet it continued to install and before you know it I had malware installed. I immediately cleaned it. So I am questioning C-NET's reliability now, for keeping this piece of thing in their list despite all of these warnings and reviews.

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