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NeoAudio - A CDEx ripoff with spyware

Written by Lasse Penttinen @ 05 Aug 2002 13:32 User comments (2)

There is an application called NeoAudio, which is a straight CDex rip off. They changed some string (i.e. replace CDex with NeoAudio), changed the logo and added some nice SpyWare and Adware. I contacted Richard M. Stallman about this issue, but unfortunately I can not do much about it, except for the fact that they are removing/changing copyright strings which they should not. So please do not download and install NeoAudio (they probably make quite a few dollars by shipping the adware) and also advice other people NOT to download NeoAudio either, and warn innocent users not to download this application but download CDex instead.
There are always people trying to exploit the good will of people like the open source developer. Spread the word so that this leach will get minimum benefit from the trick he has pulled.

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15.8.2002 14:14

Some entertaining comments: http://download.com.com/3302-2140-10132447.html ...note also the "thumbs up" vs "thumbs down" ratio :-)


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227.6.2005 2:26
karvonen
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First a warning concerning the spyware that comes with Neoaudio: One of the spy/adware programs (I can't remember which) is such that if you try to uninstall it, the uninstaller will start deleting all files from that folder in which it has been installed, e.g. it will delete files from C:Program Files if it is installed in a folder named (for example) C:Program FilesNeoAudio ubbishevenmorerubbishspy. Secondly: Does anyone know of any way to clean the system from said spyware? Spybot S&D or Adaware haven't been able to do it.

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