Running Win95 programs on Vista/Win7

Started 9 months ago | Questions thread
Jim Cockfield
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uses OpenCandy (adware) installer
In reply to Joe186, 9 months ago

Joe186 wrote:

Still playing with everything (that doesn't sound right, but anyway), here’s a nice little piece of freeware you guys may like:

RIOT

Portable Version (starts an auto download, just cancel, read page, then use the download button)

"freeware", huh?

Try scanning it by uploading it to http://www.virustotal.com

Results here:

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/91bdf317e50d349cd096b8daa7d5aabf85ef8e2288086073be9a7105070611fb/analysis/1396140246/

If you've installed it, I'd suggest running adwcleaner and malwarebytes free for starters.  Those two are pretty good for getting rid of some of the nasty adware you see included with programs.

Get adwcleaner here (use it's scan choice, then click the clean button to remove everything it finds)

http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

Then, run Malwarebytes Free. Make sure you update it first (use the Update Tab and you'll see a link to update it). Do a full scan with it, then click the "Show Results Button to see what it finds. Then, check the boxes by everything it identified and then use the button to Remove the checked items (rebooting if prompted to do so).

Get it here:

https://www.malwarebytes.org/free/

It might have given you a way to "opt opt" of any extras it wanted to install like browser toolbars with adware hooks into your browsers.

But, most of those adware installers require you to use their custom install option (versus the default or express choice), and uncheck the boxes for any extras like that. Some of them can be very confusing and misleading (as they want you to install that crap).

That's how they make money on "free" software (via partnerships with firms that develop custom installers that get paid by the software vendors to include their software, browser search toolbars with adware hooked into them, etc.)

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