Is it common knowledge to all that Device Doctor Download is packed with malware?
Is it actually malware? Or jsut obnoxious practices like having the tool bar check box already checked?
Dear Chris Marcoe, Thank you for your input,no sadly it was not just that the items metioned were ticked,but the fact that even after deselecting said addons they were still installed;also the fact that Comodo Internet Security blockrd information being sent to email address (Suspsious@#36bleij4lqa29) This in itself was enough to cause myself to remove both FF and IE and reinstall both.I Thank you for your input. Kenneth
Not that specifically - but I do hope it's common knowledge that all downloads come with a significant risk.
CNET used to be considered a relatively good source of downloads, but then they started carrying misleading "download" links and on my most recent visit the only way I could download the software I needed (a 10 day trial of a commercial package) without some annoying browser toolbars or search engine replacement was to become a member (free but I'll get their newsletter).
Even then you have to still look very carefully for the right download option. And then read the installation dialogue carefully to make sure you say NO to any additional software.
I got it wrong and had to spend 30 mins deleting the parasitic garbage, not strictly speaking a virus - but in my opinion dumping something I don't want, didn't knowingly request and hard to remove is malware.
Dear Rob H, Thank you for expressing my own worries about downloading Information from said sites. I am a novice when it concerns computers,slowly learning from experience.I LOVE MUO.com and did not wish any others to get caught out like I did.Thank you Kenneth
Assuming that you are referring to the Device Doctor obtained from: http://devicedoctor.com/ then no. It has been reviewed by lifehacker: http://lifehacker.com/5412009/device-doctor-is-a-free-driver-update-scanner-with-promise. And the website also claims that it was recommended by Kim Komando, which it appears that it was indeed a type of "Download of the Day" on Kim's website in the past, but I could not find an exact link. So, it looks legit, however, I would personally recommend not using an application such as Device Doctor, and instead go the manufacturers website for the devices for which you need drivers. I have nothing against Device Doctor, but I have always had better results not using such applications
Dear Adam, Thank you for your information,I actually used the information from this Forum to download Device Doctor. It may be the case that I am not expert enough with computers to fathom what the devil I am doing wrong,so I will have to take the slow way and download from respective sites for Driver Updates,Thank you again for your trouble.Kenneth
there is an article regarding Device Doctor
Update Your Hardware Drivers For Free With Device Doctor
Device Doctor is tested here and looks clean
you can also upload to virustotal
i just checked it on virus total and seems clean...with detection 2/46
perhaps now it comes with bundle such as toolbars..but you should be able to uncheck the installation
Dear Ha14, Thank you for your information,Upon reflection I have decided not to use any such tools anymore as I find they cause too many problems.I use Comodo Internet Security, and while I was downloading Device Doctor it blocked outgoing information to email address Suspsious@#36bij4iqa29 15 times,then after unchecking the offer for Delta Toolbar and serch engine-It was still installed!Then I read in another members reply that they used Radar Sync Driver Updater,alas I end up upon restart with Black screen.
I myself used DriverEasy and Slim Drivers with no problems, some freeware will come with bundle just to make some money the second option is to go with shareware, if you use alot driver updating then this can be a good solution, now concerning BSOD after driver update this can happen the best is to make a restore point prior driver update.