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#1 Post by fzbill » 2019-12-07 00:20

I just auto-upgraded to 3.46.0.

Then I noticed that the Windows 10 Xbox Bar program popped up sometime within a few hours later.

I didn't even know I had that on my computer as an "app". (I don't play games)

Supposedly you have to do Windows-Key-G to bring it up.

I had walked away from my computer, and I'm pretty sure I didn't hit that key combination.

No keyboard-walking cats or anything or anyone with access to my computer.

I know there was some thing with Filezilla where it offers "sponsored software".

I was just wondering if there was something like that in the upgrade that might have caused this weirdness to occur.

Could have been a coincidence of some sort, but it is very odd, and therefore concerning.

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FileZilla Client
Version:          3.46.0

Build information:
  Compiled for:   x86_64-w64-mingw32
  Compiled on:    x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
  Build date:     2019-11-25
  Compiled with:  x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc (GCC) 8.3-win32 20190406
  Compiler flags: -g -O2 -Wall

Linked against:
  wxWidgets:      3.0.5
  SQLite:         3.29.0
  GnuTLS:         3.6.9

Operating system:
  Name:           Windows 10 (build 18362), 64-bit edition
  Version:        10.0
  Platform:       64-bit system
  CPU features:   sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 sse4.1 sse4.2 avx avx2 aes pclmulqdq rdrnd bmi2 bmi2 adx lm
  Settings dir:   C:\Users\name\AppData\Roaming\FileZilla\

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Re: "Malware" / "Adware" / Offerware / Sponsorware

#2 Post by boco » 2019-12-07 02:59

Third-party offers are ONLY in the sponsored installer. They are NEVER used on automatic updating.

That game bar feature tries to detect games. As with any detection, there can be false positives (non-game processes are detected as games). Looks like some process falsely triggered the game bar. Nothing to do with FileZilla itself.

If you don't game at all, the game features can be disabled in Windows 10 Settings (the fancy ones).
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