Winmerge Virus?

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Winmerge Virus?

Postby hflaisher » Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:59 pm

Hello -

I downloaded 2.14.0 and was blasted w/a number of popups, etc. Virus installed in Chrome (where I did the download) and subsequent scans found other virus programs.

Has anyone encountered this problem?
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Re: Winmerge Virus?

Postby aosorio » Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:57 pm

Where did you download it? Always download the software directly from the official page, in this case winmerge.org there is a direct download link there. Sometimes there are other providers such as CNET which also provide the software but includes adware. Maybe this is the case.
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Re: Winmerge Virus?

Postby yvakulenko » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:54 pm

Just downloaded WinMerge 2.14.0 from http://winmerge.org/downloads/
It is infected, silently installing adware.
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Re: Winmerge Virus?

Postby jtuc » Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:32 pm

I rather believe what VirusTotal says:

This file was last analysed by VirusTotal on 2015-02-24 19:19:40 UTC, it was first analysed by VirusTotal on 2013-02-04 03:32:19 UTC.

Detection ratio: 0/57
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Re: Winmerge Virus?

Postby BertR » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:10 pm

A couple of months ago a colleague of mine got infected after installing WinMerge.
Sourceforge is known to inject malware into the executable they host. See for example
http://blog.tedd.no/2014/11/25/sourceforge-malware/
http://thecomputerpeeps.com/2013/08/sou ... e-malware/

I recently got a new pc at work and would really like to install WinMerge, but as long as the executables are hosted on Sourceforge I won't...
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Re: Winmerge Virus?

Postby rosdi » Sat Jul 25, 2015 5:54 am

It is Sourceforge... they injected some kind of unwanted software into winmerge installer... during installation these extra softwares are selected by default... unsuspecting users will just press 'Next' without even reading what is being installed.

I have stopped downloading anything from soureforge... I just downloaded winmerge from here: http://winmerge.en.softonic.com/ (but be AWARE.. softonic is also known to add adware into their installers.. so BE CAREFUL!)
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Re: Winmerge Virus?

Postby Tommy7 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:36 pm

rosdi wrote:It is Sourceforge... they injected some kind of unwanted software into winmerge installer... during installation these extra softwares are selected by default... unsuspecting users will just press 'Next' without even reading what is being installed.

I have stopped downloading anything from soureforge... I just downloaded winmerge from here: http://winmerge.en.softonic.com/ (but be AWARE.. softonic is also known to add adware into their installers.. so BE CAREFUL!)


Damn I just downloaded from sourceforge and got a virus warning. That's messed up, all these people installing malware, viruses and adware are so sneaky. Where can I download winmerge that doesn't have any viruses/
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