Podcast: Free software we hate

Podcast: Free software we hate

Summary: Rick Vanover and Jason Perlow talk about the risks of specific "free" software that can cause issues on computer systems through adding pop-ups, sending information or proxy serving other traffic.

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In this episode, Rick Vanover and Jason Perlow talk about the risks of specific "free" software that can cause issues on computer systems through adding pop-ups, sending information or proxy serving other traffic. This is a real risk not only on endpoint computers, but also data center systems that run with service accounts and more permissions. 

Jason recently also shared a video example of where this can all go wrong on a classic XP system (Funny, but not exactly safe for work).

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Topics: Malware, Security, PCs, Windows

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Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  • Specific free software?

    It's almost impossible to find clean free software anymore. If the software itself isn't tainted, the download site requires Ninja-like deciphering skills to figure out WHICH DOWNLOAD button provides the software you want. (It's often the smallest text link surrounded by huge green DOWNLOAD NOW images that are ads for crapware.)

    I have a read only virtual machine into which I install all *unknown* software first. If it contains one iota of crapware that it didn't tell me about and/or if removing it leaves said crapware behind, I yell a few obscenities at the screen, roll back the VM and move forward.
    robradina@...
    • I find clean free software all the time

      on the Windows Store.
      Joe_Raby
    • We all have our experiences

      I've had a few, though I can't remember the names of them. I really don't install anything anymore without referral or safeguards first...
      b4real@...
  • I have NO idea what you guys are talking about - i just use apt

    Will listen to this later from home, given the NSFW warning - but I assume you're talking about Windows only, or possibly Windows + Mac ... on Linux (currently, mostly Ubuntu derivatives), you fire up the Software Center or aptitude or apt-get command line, and boom, so much free software, and none of the issues described. It's all in a controlled repository that's vetted, and nearly all free (there's a couple for-cost packages also available). Hopefully you mention the advantage of Linux in this area - it's one of the reasons I continue to use it for all my PCs.
    daboochmeister