Welcome Guest.   Make a donation to an author on the site November 28, 2014, 05:00:52 PM  *

Please login or register.
Or did you miss your validation email?


Login with username and password (forgot your password?)
Why not become a lifetime supporting member of the site with a one-time donation of any amount? Your donation entitles you to a ton of additional benefits, including access to exclusive discounts and downloads, the ability to enter monthly free software drawings, and a single non-expiring license key for all of our programs.


You must sign up here before you can post and access some areas of the site. Registration is totally free and confidential.
 
Free DonationCoder.com Member Kit: Submit Request.
   
   Forum Home   Thread Marks Chat! Downloads Search Login Register  
Pages: Prev 1 [2]   Go Down
  Reply  |  New Topic  |  Print  
Author Topic: Firefox Extension "Download Statusbar" Now Adware - Maybe Malware  (Read 10947 times)
40hz
Supporting Member
**
Posts: 10,888



see users location on a map View Profile Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #25 on: October 31, 2011, 01:38:11 PM »

Hmm...

It's back up on the Mozilla Add-ons page (good sign) with this updated info:



Looks like the author changed his/her mind. Nice of them to do so. But I still don't want to use it any more even if I will update my clients on the policy change.

Those of you who do elect to go back, please considering sending the developer a contribution. It will probably go a long way towards not having something like this happen again.  smiley
Logged

Don't you see? It's turtles all the way down!
J-Mac
Supporting Member
**
Posts: 2,885


see users location on a map View Profile Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #26 on: October 31, 2011, 02:42:24 PM »

I think he did remove the "bad" version, though since he tried to sneak that in I won't use anything from him again. Screw me once,,,

Thanks!

Jim

EDIT:  It is possible that the revised extension didn't pass Mozilla review; it definitely didn't pass user review!
Logged

"I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath."
Curt
Supporting Member
**
Posts: 6,352

see users location on a map View Profile Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #27 on: October 31, 2011, 03:27:14 PM »

-it is a little tiring to read all those hard words. Download Statusbar was developed and maintained freely by the trustworthy Devon Jensen. By the 20'th of September the addon suddenly belonged to a "C.J."; identity unknown. We don't know what happened, but we do know that shit happens. Get on.
Logged
J-Mac
Supporting Member
**
Posts: 2,885


see users location on a map View Profile Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #28 on: October 31, 2011, 09:27:33 PM »

-it is a little tiring to read all those hard words. Download Statusbar was developed and maintained freely by the trustworthy Devon Jensen. By the 20'th of September the addon suddenly belonged to a "C.J."; identity unknown. We don't know what happened, but we do know that shit happens. Get on.


So, what do you mean by "Get on"? Shouldn’t have notified anyone about the hijacking behavior of the new version that was current then? Why not? I don’t know who Devon Jensen is and I doubt many others do either. He might very well be trustworthy since Download Statusbar was such a great extension for such a long - and I do mean LONG - time. However it went bad sometime yesterday once all users were updated to that crap release!

Did "Devon" sell the extension or hand it over to this "C.J."? What is so trustworthy about that?   undecided  Or was it hijacked away from him?  Whatever the case, I don’t trust whomever the developer is now after receiving an auto-update of the junk that was installed yesterday.

Jim
Logged

"I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath."
bobholm
Supporting Member
**
Posts: 7


DRACO DORMIENS NUNQUAM TITILLANDUS

see users location on a map View Profile Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #29 on: November 02, 2011, 01:58:03 AM »

No longer wonky. Back to normal again Nov. 2, 2011. Thmbsup
Logged
J-Mac
Supporting Member
**
Posts: 2,885


see users location on a map View Profile Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #30 on: November 02, 2011, 05:11:09 AM »

No longer wonky. Back to normal again Nov. 2, 2011. Thmbsup

Yeah - but I don’t trust him now.

Jim
Logged

"I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath."
IainB
Supporting Member
**
Posts: 4,881


Slartibartfarst

see users location on a map View Profile Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #31 on: November 02, 2011, 06:38:05 AM »

I think he did remove the "bad" version, though since he tried to sneak that in I won't use anything from him again. Screw me once,,,

Yeah - but I don’t trust him now.

+1 from me.     thumbs up

And now FF is in bed with the Corporate psychopath, Microsoft (re Bing).

And after the Google unilateral fiascos and/or removals:
  • Google Notebook
  • Google WAVE.
  • Google SideWiki.
  • Google Buzz.
  • Google's software package download bundle.
  • Google Desktop.
  • Google Toolbar for Firefox.
  • Google Plus.
  • [Insert name of screw-up here]
- I am similarly unimpressed and and am wondering whether it is rational of me to trust Google with my data and/or my email, my Google Groups, my Google Webpages, my Google knol, etc.

I say this because it seems that Google have now clearly indicated that we users really do not matter and that ALL of these things are now uncertain and under consideration and could be taken away by Google at the drop of a hat, regardless of whether you pay for them currently. That's one reason why, for example, I keep my backups under MY control, duplicated on separate hard drives.
Logged
cyberdiva
Supporting Member
**
Posts: 908


see users location on a map View Profile Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #32 on: November 02, 2011, 07:51:49 AM »

And after the Google unilateral fiascos and/or removals:
    Google Notebook
        Google WAVE.
        Google SideWiki.
        Google Buzz.
        Google's software package download bundle.
        Google Desktop.
        Google Toolbar for Firefox.
        Google Plus.
   [Insert name of screw-up here]


And don't forget Google's Translate Client, which has been free (and better than any other I know) but which will become unavailable after December unless one pays about $40 (they're offering $15 off if one buys it now).
Logged
J-Mac
Supporting Member
**
Posts: 2,885


see users location on a map View Profile Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #33 on: November 02, 2011, 01:42:45 PM »

Also don’t forget one of my favorites, especially on a cell phone: Goog411, which was a voice recognition information directory. You could call it and it would ask what city; you tell it; then it asks what you are looking for and you tell it. It then returnedwith the name, address and number and asked if you wanted it to connect. Google stated last October that they conceived of that service in order to get as many voice samplings as possible to improve their voice recognition capabilities, and since they had more than enough samples they dropped the damn service. Well, at least they were honest about it, even if only after the fact.

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2010/10/google-shuts-down-goog-411.html

Thanks!

Jim
Logged

"I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath."
perlguy
Charter Member
***
Posts: 30


see users location on a map View Profile Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #34 on: November 03, 2011, 12:10:58 AM »

Before jumping all over the extension author about silent updates... make sure you know exactly how firerfox itself is configured to update any/all extensions.  If FF is set to have extensions auto-update as the default, then *you* have to tell it which extensions you want to be notified of updates before they are install.  It's not really his fault if FF did it on your behalf.  Personally, I'm glad he backed out the change - whether it was because of the backlash, or because of hijacking.   And I have now reverted (again) to manual updates only, for all extensions. (default = no updates, and all extensions reset to default update policy).
Logged
J-Mac
Supporting Member
**
Posts: 2,885


see users location on a map View Profile Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #35 on: April 13, 2012, 10:01:58 AM »

Before jumping all over the extension author about silent updates... make sure you know exactly how firerfox itself is configured to update any/all extensions.  If FF is set to have extensions auto-update as the default, then *you* have to tell it which extensions you want to be notified of updates before they are install.  It's not really his fault if FF did it on your behalf.  Personally, I'm glad he backed out the change - whether it was because of the backlash, or because of hijacking.   And I have now reverted (again) to manual updates only, for all extensions. (default = no updates, and all extensions reset to default update policy).

perlguy,

I was looking at different Firefox extensions and checking DC here for any info and I just noticed your post. FYI, I always have FF set to update manually, but Download Statusbar updated automatically anyway back in October 2011, when I first started this thread. I don’t know how that could happen but that was a big part of why everyone was so upset about that update - and was also the primary reason that the Mozilla Add-ons group removed the extension from the Add-ons site, at least until the author reverted back to the previous features and removed the adware functionality.

Thanks!

Jim
Logged

"I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath."
Pages: Prev 1 [2]   Go Up
  Reply  |  New Topic  |  Print  
 
Jump to:  
   Forum Home   Thread Marks Chat! Downloads Search Login Register  

DonationCoder.com | About Us
DonationCoder.com Forum | Powered by SMF
[ Page time: 0.034s | Server load: 0.17 ]