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Downloaded YouTube Downloader from:


YouTube Downloader includes optional bundled software that may trigger alerts from security software. YouTube Downloader has been tested for malware by the CNET team and meets our security requirements.”

I guess their “standards” don’t include the installer installing SearchSettings.exe from the wunderkinds at Spigot.  Once on your system, this little gem will (at a bare minimum) continuously change your default search provider to Yahoo.  Given Yahoo’s current financial woes it doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but still, I wouldn’t have thought they stoop so low as to launch flat-out hijacking attacks on user’s desktops.  

That’s the last app I will ever download from and the last hit yahoo will ever see from me.

Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2011 3:04 AM | Back to top

Comments on this post: Gotta Love C-Net’s “no malware” claim…

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Hi, my name is Laurentiu and I work for Spigot.

I am here to provide information about how to remove searchsettings.exe. Please take a look here:

During the installation you do have the option of setting yahoo as your default search engine, you can un-tick that if you don't want it.

Please contact me from our website if you need more help.
Thank you.
Left by Laurentiu on Nov 17, 2011 9:02 AM

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Gotta love idiots that can't follow instructions and then blame others!
Left by Richard on Mar 27, 2013 10:59 AM

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