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Downloaded YouTube Downloader from:

http://download.cnet.com/YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10647340.html

“CNET EDITOR'S NOTE

YouTube Downloader includes optional bundled software that may trigger alerts from security software. YouTube Downloader has been tested for malware by the CNET Download.com 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 Download.com 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: http://www.spigot.com/remove-search-settings.html

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 http://www.spigot.com/contact.html 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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