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A.: When it’s a toolbar installer

The site, and there are about a dozen more like it out there, presents itself as a peer-to-peer network with almost 120 million files for your downloading pleasure. It doesn’t really do that though.

We took it for a spin looking for some tunes by Bruno Mars:

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Our first hint that all was not as it appears was that VIPRE blocked the downloader.

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So we turned off VIPRE to check the rest of the schtick. Notice the “quick download” radio button is clicked on the download screen by default:

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When we clicked the “advanced download” radio button, it gave us a list of what the site was really up to: installing the WebBlog toolbar.

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In whatever browser you’re running apparently:


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Oh, and the file we downloaded? It’s an mp3 file ok, but there’s nothing in it.

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The license agreement is a gem of doublespeak too:

“3.      The MultiLoad Technologies.
         1. Downloading and Updates.

            MultiLoad downloads only those files that are both
authorized by you for download (specifically or by category or

Thanks Patrick.

Tom Kelchner

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