Freemake Video Converter

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    "You get to raise worms & horses (Trojans...)"

    August 8, 2012  |   By etand67

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    Installs by default 'End Animal Cruelty' toolbar and that's only the beginning of the cruelty you experience by a variety of pests such as worms and Trojans

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    I got all exited by what I read here, while installing I wished this may put an end to incompatibility of videos from my various recording phones & compact/video cameras however....
    I was surprised to see my browser shut down but thought it's just a resource-intensive installation... OK. As the program launchd it relaunched the browser too and.... I had another toolbar full of emoticons and game links. OK, let's remove it, I thought.
    Start>Programs>Freemake>Uninstall.... a popup window alerts that an unknown program wants to access your computer ??? Never seen this on removal before... OK, let's try it differently

    I go to Control Panel> Add/Remove Programs> We-Care (the 'End Animal Cruelty' toolbar)> Uninstall... A popup 'The uninstaller for this program can not be accessed'... Hmmm... If they don't provide their own uninstaller, lets try another way.

    I go to CCleaner application>Tools>Uninstall.... same popup.

    Now, with installing with no consent and making impossible to remove I was ready to remove the Video Converter application as well... something just feels wrong about this Freebee.

    I ended up restoring my computer (Safe mode> Repair your computer > Restore...)to an earlier date.

    Yet even after rebooting post-restoration the computer froze so hard even the courser stalled for long minutes untill I shutdwn by the power button and relaunched in Safe Mode with Networking, in which I now write this report.

    Stay away... I wasted an hour as a pro user, could mean much more downtime and resource guzzling pest running in the background for beginners.

    Updated on Aug 8, 2012

    It also swapped my default search engine (for typing a search term in the address bar) from Google to Bing. Even the restoring to a previous restore point haven't reversed this.

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  • Reply by etand67 on August 9, 2012

    The next day, after reboot: Browser homepage still highjacked by Conduit. My Chrome browser is configured to use Google as default search engine, yet Conduit malicious application installed by Freemake takes over).

    Here's what Conduit is (copied from from wiki answers):

    Conduit bundles a hidden "toolbar" and other apps with other companies' software, pays them a kickback because they are willing to hide from the end user that Conduit products are being allowed to install secretly alongside what the user actually wanted.

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