Solved Are these freewares safe??

July 31, 2019 at 00:41:54
Specs: Windows 10 , i3/16
hi there,
I truly need an answer on these three freeware programs that would really help me out. I am not very trusting of freeware at all and always buy everything instead, it's just these services are not offered by other software for sale from what I have found. I scanned each of these links with virustotal and all was clean. I still wanted to ask if anyone here knew of these programs or any issues associated. That being said about a year ago I did try tsMuxeR and ended up with malware leading to a Trojan. I don't remember which site I downloaded it from but I think it was this one which is I believe it's original site. So I don't really trust it yet although it appears safe from virustotal. Hope you can help me and appreciate your assistance

tsMuxeR
https://www.videohelp.com/software/...

MediaInfo
https://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo

File Viewer lite
https://windowsfileviewer.com/


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July 31, 2019 at 23:16:58


#1
July 31, 2019 at 02:33:55
"I am not very trusting of freeware"
I have used nothing else for 20 years.

"ended up with malware leading to a Trojan"
Here is how a USER got the problems.
No AV would have prevented USER error. Go to any Malware forum & no matter what AV they have installed, they got infected.

A lot of programs, now give you the choice to install toolbars & other during the install. Either uncheck these items during install, or use Custom install. No more click, click during an install, you have to read after each click.

Or, Use Unchecky to help prevent these third party installs. Nothing is perfect, the badies are always ahead of the goodies, so be vigilant.
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Syste...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Unchec...
http://unchecky.com/
A reliable application that aims to protect your computer against third-party components often offered during software installations.

"tsMuxeR"
100% Clean, except it hasn't been updated for 5 years.
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Multi...

MediaInfo
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Multi...
100% Clean.

File Viewer Lite
https://www.softpedia.com/get/File-...
100% Clean.


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July 31, 2019 at 02:47:50
Like Johnw, I've used nothing other than freeware for years now. It's often better than a paid-for version of software (the freeware Irfanview, specifically comes to mind). The problem with malware is generally related to the site where you download the software. In the early days, you could just about trust any download to be clean. Sadly that's not the case anymore, so make sure you have virus, malware and adware scanners installed/updated before installing anything from a source online and scan before installing to your system.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#3
July 31, 2019 at 04:48:44
Echoing both of the above regulars here.

Always use manual/custom installation - NEVER the proffered/default of automatic.

As per above watch for and uncheck "any" pre checked boxes - other than the one for actual software item you want installed. That way you avoid all manner of unwanted junk installations, and changes to system defaults etc... Much of the unwanted add-in software/changes are true PIA to eradicate, or resolve...

Ideally too, create a restore point before installing any software (especially off the web), and run a few cleaner apps before and again after installations...


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July 31, 2019 at 22:58:13
Hi, thanks for your information. I do thoroughly go through all the tick boxes and license agreement when installing software, I've always done custom install. I also have Kaspersky total security along with Malwarebytes. I also always download from the original website of the software. I should have been clearer before because tsMuxeR is my main concern. Instead of scanning their links on virustotal, I scanned the installation files of all three this time. The other two were clean but the file tsMuxerGUI seems suspicious to me based on the results. Only 1 antivirus out of 68 showed "Trojan.Malware.73863479.susgen". Now I remember when I installed it over a year ago Kaspersky said I was attacked by a “TROJAN.WIN32.GENERIC”. Strangely Kaspersky on virustotal showed no detection. I believe it was downloaded from the same site last time which looks like the original. Also, there's no "Signed file, valid signature" for this software like the other two and most other softwares I have scanned before. My question to you though is about the "Relations" page here

https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file...

Although that looks like a false positive, when I see this page it makes me not trust the software. What does it mean when the results of the file itself has one detection but it's "Relations" page shows pretty much all bad detections based on I believe system files like this? I appreciate your help as this will help very much in the future. Community showed good and bad ratings so I find it confusing.

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#5
July 31, 2019 at 23:14:35
"I also always download from the original website of the software"

I use Softpedia & FreewareFiles.com, they make you aware what Ad-supported programs the author of the program has included.
http://win.softpedia.com/index.free...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/new_fi...
Sample/Example pages.
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Multi...
http://fs5.directupload.net/images/...
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
· Offers to download or install software or components (Facemoods toolbar) that the program does not require to fully function
· Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system.
SS of above.
http://fs5.directupload.net/images/...


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July 31, 2019 at 23:16:58
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July 31, 2019 at 23:22:47
Thanks for introducing me to Avidemux 2.7.3. I never knew about it

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August 1, 2019 at 00:31:55
Wonderful . I will definitely try them all. Thanks Johnw!
I am about to select the best answer but just will ask again before, can you tell me what the Relations page on virustotal is for? Should I consider software dangerous when there’s a bad rating on that page but a good rating on the software itself? Appreciate it! I’ve tried to find out more on that online but haven’t found a good answer yet

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August 1, 2019 at 02:55:27
"Relations page on virustotal"
I have never used VirusTotal, that relations page is all gobbledygook to me.
https://www.freethesaurus.com/Gobbl...

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