CNET Editors' review
Trillian offers several setup options, and the installer automatically removes old files if you're upgrading. We declined the option to run Trillian when Windows starts since we like a fast, clean boot with minimal Internet queries, but heavy chatters may prefer to get right at it. The first step is to sign in or create a new account; the next involves entering user names and passwords for Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, Skype, and other IM networks; and then just set up social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Foursquare. Signing in is easy; just click the appropriate network or site and log on as usual. Trillian asks to access your data (accepted) and post to friends (declined) just like the networks you access, and we could also opt to stay signed in through Trillian. We configured the e-mail accounts we wanted Trillian to follow and pressed "Done." Electronic tones signaled the program's launch, and Trillian logged on and started following our conversations in a narrow window with browser-like features.
Trillian is so popular in part because it takes care of a nagging problem with chat apps: Too many apps and not enough chat. We're sure we still have forgotten accounts with some equally forgotten social networks; Trillian can help prevent that, and also the problem, perhaps more annoying, of falling behind in conversations because of forgetting to check a feed, site, or thread. So see for yourself why so many users stick with Trillian.Trillian:
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Trillian is a free fully featured, stand-alone, skinnable chat client that supports chatting on Windows Live, Facebook, Yahoo, MySpace, AIM, Email, Google Talk, Skype, ICQ, Jabber, IRC, and Bonjour. It also helps manage your social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Trillian provides capabilities not possible with most original network clients, while supporting standard features such as audio and video chat, file transfers, group chats, buzzing, tabbed chats, tablet-based drawing, message history, plugins, avatars, multiple simultaneous connections to the same network, typing notifications, proxy support, and encrypted messaging.
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"Trojan Downloader, Browser Hijacker"
Version: Trillian 188.8.131.52
Excellent chat interface, many options, love the in-game chat. The trojan also does not attempt to connect to the internet or install any additional malware after the Trillian installation has finished. I guess that's a pro.
Trillian's installer is a trojan which downloads Claro Search adware, Babylon Toolbar spyware, and Claro Search Protect browser hijacker. You CANNOT opt out of the Claro installations, the Babylon installation is either optional or intermittent. I'm a computer tech so I offered to clean my friend's PC after he installed Trillian - his video games started crashing and his browser randomly went to unwanted websites. Not good.
After fixing the malware and DirectX (video game) corruption, we tested these issues by reinstalling Trillian. Both problems reappeared. So Trillian's installer is definitely a trojan downloader, and the in-game chat is definitely corrupting DirectX.
Finally, the file transfer feature does not work for Google Talk accounts. Not even from one Trillian client to another.
This software should not be installed by anyone who wants their PC to stay functional. You may lose DirectX's graphic rendering (video games, animation programs, etc.) and the bundled malware will compromise your PC's security. The malware offers an "uninstall" program, but it doesn't actually uninstall anything, it just pretends that it's been removed. Stay away.*Conduit Search Protect and Conduit Search adware. I confused Claro and Conduit.
Updated on Nov 27, 2013