boco wrote: ↑
"Let the peasants who don't mind reading at all or prefer to be ignorant click-monkeys click on that big green button. For the rest who cares, there is another option accessible after just one more click."
That's like a scammer who rationalizes what he does by blaming the victims who fell for his scam.
boco wrote: ↑
People like you are the reason Malware
is as successful as it is. There are reasons why authors maintain their software. Usually new versions fix security problems, and Malware
creators rely upon users like yourself who do not update and put themselves (and others) at risk. Most Botnets spread through Exploits that are long fixed.
That's why I use MacUpdate to update (most of) my apps as soon as updates become available. And, that's why I found myself here; during the MacUpdate process for FileZilla, my antivirus protected me from the malware
bundled in the FileZilla installer, identifying the malware
in question. VirusTotal showed that Avast, AVG, BitDefender, ClamAV, Comodo, DrWeb, Emsisoft, Endgame, ESET-NOD32, F-Secure, FireEye, Fortinet, GData, MAX, McAfee, NANO-Antivirus, Sophos AV, and InstallCore also flagged the FileZilla installer as a threat.
Given your status as a project member
who has left more than 24K comments here since 2006, I don't expect that you can be objective about this. So I won't be surprised if you reply with a smug comment about how it's the fault of MacUpdate for downloading the wrong installer, my fault for using MacUpdate, etc. I don't expect that you will eever admit that it's morally reprehensible to release a FileZilla installer that includes malware
. But you can skip your "difference between Malware and PUP/PUS" argument. No sane person wants Yahoo to replace their browser's homepage and "Search Offer PoweredBy Yahoo!" replacing their browser's default search engine. So calling something that makes such changes a "potentially unwanted program" is like calling a dead roach in a restaurant meal a "potentially unwanted protein."
Update: I reported this to MacUpdate and received a response in which they wrote: "We never suspected FileZilla dev's of such behaviour...We are now going to replace the download link with a 'non-sponsored' one."