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#1 helena

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 07:38 PM

Does realplayer have any spyware or adware?

#2 jargonize

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 09:02 PM

Does realplayer have any spyware or adware?

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spyware, some people think realplayer is a virus, real networks like to spy on you , as the player will call home if it gets the chance. adware no in it's self, but real network will send spam if they can or ads. if you block it with your firewall and configure it right in it's options, then you may find it's a very good player. and you can always allow it out once in a while. i think real's audio quality is second to none.

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Posted 09 April 2005 - 01:57 PM

spyware, some people think realplayer is a virus, real networks like to spy on you , as the player will call home if it gets the chance. adware no in it's self, but real network will send spam if they can or ads. if you block it with your firewall and configure it right in it's options, then you may find it's a very good player. and you can always allow it out once in a while.  i think real's audio quality is second to none.

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How can we configure our Realplayer so it won't call back home and ads can be blocked then? Because I was thinking of downloading Realplayer 10, but I don't know if I should because of the adware/spyware concern.

#4 JRosenfeld

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 03:54 PM

After downloading and installing, in Tools, preferences you can clear automatic updates and message center. Also clear any startup item it has put in the startup list (you can use msconfig for that).

I have it installed and use it occasionally for streaming radio or video; noi spyware or adware if message center is turned off, no popups either.

#5 jmj713

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 12:09 PM

I would suggest uninstalling Real and using RealAlternative instead.

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 09:01 AM

May be of some use / interest:

SWI article on Real (towards the bottom):
http://www.spywarein...ves/0404/30.php

RealAlternative:
http://www.free-code...Alternative.htm

Cowon JetAudio:
http://www.cowonamer...ducts/jetaudio/

Making Real safer:
http://www.dslreports.com/faq/6896

#7 Mikashi

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Posted 30 April 2005 - 10:13 PM

Thank you for the links! They've helped greatly. Much appreciated!

Edited by Mikashi, 30 April 2005 - 10:36 PM.


#8 darealbigtigga

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 01:21 PM

Yah, real player is a good, thing to use. even if it has spyware

#9 CyberQurious

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 06:23 AM

May be of some use / interest:

SWI article on Real (towards the bottom):
http://www.spywarein...ves/0404/30.php

RealAlternative:
http://www.free-code...Alternative.htm

Cowon JetAudio:
http://www.cowonamer...ducts/jetaudio/

Making Real safer:
http://www.dslreports.com/faq/6896

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Good grief! Thanks for the links. I know someone who told me that they won't install Real's software on their computer because they had heard that Real's software messes up your computer. After reading the SWI article about Real's software and reading how Real used to hijack file associations and made it nearly impossible to change them back, I now see what this person was talking about. I would have completely uninstalled RealOne from my computer, however, unfortunately, there are some sites which require Real's software to play their media.

A few people in this thread mentioned how they thought that Real software was good and how Real's audio was second to none. Personally, I've always found Real's software to be inferior to Windows Media Player, plus, I always thought that Real had a crappy sound to it. If it weren't for sites that require Real's software, I would have gotten rid of Real a long time ago. And once again, I would like to thank the person who posted the link to the Making Real safer article. Although, after looking at the SWI article about Real's software again, I'm thinking about forfeiting the use of Real's software at the few sites that I come across that require Real's software and compeletly uninstalling it from my computer.

P.S. By the way, could someone explain to me how to downlaod RealAlternative? I didn't quite understand how to download it from the RealAlternative link. Maybe that will solve my problem of wanting to uninstall Real's software, but being able play media at sites that require Real's software. :D

Edited by CyberQurious, 02 May 2005 - 06:28 AM.


#10 helena

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 03:45 PM

You just have to click Download and open the file. I would remove Real first though.

#11 CyberQurious

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 07:46 PM

Thank you. I'll try that. :)

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 10:13 AM

RealPlayer is really buggy though... I only use it for playing .ram files...
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#13 CyberQurious

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 01:21 AM

I have a problem in uninstalling RealPlayer software from my computer. I have AOL and I recently uninstalled RealPlayer from my computer and from that point on, whenever I logged on to AOL I got an error message that said something like: Media Player Error, You do not have the files to play your media player or something like that. Plus, my computer was running very slow. I called AOL's technical department and we went through a few procedures and they said that if that didn't fix the problem, to reinstall the AOL software. Well, I had to reinstall the AOL software and I noticed that my firewall kept telling me that RealPlayer wanted to enter my computer. I went into my firewall and changed the settings so that RealPlayer is always blocked, however, periodically, my firewall keeps telling me that RealPlayer still wants to enter my computer. I did some checking and found out that RealPlayer is an intergal part of AOL's software. Therefore, what I would like to know is: If I can't uninstall RealPlayer software from my computer since I have AOL, does that mean that I can't install RealAlternative? :wtf:

Edited by CyberQurious, 14 May 2005 - 01:23 AM.





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