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#1 Jack101

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 03:43 PM

Has anyone encountered the free "screen cleaner" with a pug sloppily licking the screen?

A friend mentioned it to me, and flags went up in my mind.

It's free, it's irresistibly cute (if you like puppies and pugs), it's slick, the "company's" website is a single page with a couple of google ads and a promo for the "screen cleaner.".

freescreencleaner.com is the website. Something fishy?

Thanx for any info you may know of.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:56 PM

Screensavers are a common way that infections are introduced to computers, so it is probably even more likely for a program like that to do the same... If the site that offers it does not provide any information about the author, contact information and so on, it is more likely to be a scam... I tend to be very careful, so I would NOT use such a program unless it came from a known trusted source...
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#3 Jack101

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 12:22 PM

Thanx Budfred. That was my advice to the friend who showed it to me. It looks very suspect to me, especially the website.
Just wondering if anyone had mentioned freescreencleaner specifically.

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 05:31 PM

That was originally a web site (very funny too), and the site was fine, but I don't think the original site is available any more and it's been converted to a screen saver. At that point, even if it was clean when it was released, and it probably was, unless you get the screen saver from the original author you have no idea if it's safe or not, as it could have been modified. At one time I think I saw a reference that said about half the screen savers you could find online were malware intended to infect you. You could always scan it at someplace like VirusTotal, but even that could have the potential of not detecting a newer infection and you would be taking a chance. Another item that was often similarly infected was many of the smiley programs that were available for download.

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#5 Jack101

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 09:38 PM

Thank you Joker. I'm with you both, it's not worth taking a chance.
I may have to check back in if he decides to install it
anyway, and then tells me, "The computer just started doing something
crazy all by itself..." The best way to fix it is not to break it.

BTW, Windows XP Pro 32 bit

Edited by Jack101, 09 January 2011 - 09:41 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:54 AM

Thank you Joker. I'm with you both, it's not worth taking a chance.
I may have to check back in if he decides to install it
anyway, and then tells me, "The computer just started doing something
crazy all by itself..." The best way to fix it is not to break it.

BTW, Windows XP Pro 32 bit


i wouldn't download it unless you really know its not malware because i download a screen saver and i got a fake antivirus




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