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#1 chairmanmd

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 04:29 PM

I had older version of Frostwire and installed a new version.Since then I noticed that while using IE i am being redirected to other websites with pop ups opening in separate windows. I am pretty sure that this problem started after upadating the version of frostwire.Upon running spybot I could see that it identified virtumonde.sdn spyware which could not be removed but was able to remove it using malwarebytes antimalware tool.
Then the problem kept coming back for next day so now I have uninstalled Frostwire and Ask.com tool bar which was automatically installed with it (even though I chose that it not be installed).
Now I am not sure how to reinstall Frostwire new version without compromising or infecting my system again.Also, i dont know if it matters but, i downloaded it from download.com
I would appreciate any advice in this regard,thank you.

#2 Rocket Grannie

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 02:50 AM

FrostWire is a P2P (Peer-to-Peer) file sharing program. P2P programs represent a security threat to the information on your system as they allow others to access your system. Just look at the number of high profile compromises in the news as a result of P2P software:

http://news.cnet.com...eached-via-p2p/
http://www.gazette.c...ls-prompts.html
http://www.scmagazin...article/110855/
http://www.infoworld...-p-id-theft-103

In many cases P2P programs also represent a risk of infection from the program itself, as some have installed adware/spyware, or other programs without consent. Even if the program itself is clean, many P2P networks are riddled with malware, and it's often the newest, most difficult to remove malware. There are many risks associated with P2P programs, none are worth the risks.
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