FlashGet - Is it spyware ? & if so, safe usage of it ?

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  1. Defenestration

    Defenestration Registered Member

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    I've tried several download managers and generally tend to use Firefox with the DownThemAll! extension. However, occassionally DTA doesn't allow pause/resume with some downloads and doesn't always have high download speeds. Because of this, I sometimes use another download manager and have found FlashGet to be the best of the bunch IMO (although still not perfect). The problem is that, while the FlashGet website (and just about every download website) states it is free from spyware/malware/etc., FlashGet appears to connect to other "unknown" I.P. addreses on a random interval during a download (eg. every 10-20 minutes). Some of the IP addresses I've noticed it connecting to are:

    59.151.31.139 Asia Pacific Network Information Centre
    60.28.197.234 Asia Pacific Network Information Centre
    195.122.131.10 Terraspace
    195.122.131.11 Terraspace


    To counteract this possible spying, I simply use my firewall to limit FlashGet to connecting to the IP's of th4 servers I actually wish to download from.

    Am I leaving myself open to data leaks (ie. FG sending my data to these P addresses) or possible attacks ?
     
  2. Aerowinder

    Aerowinder Registered Member

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    If you are not using Vista, find and download version 1.73.128.

    The newer version has BitTorrent and eMule support. FlashGet still makes connections with remote servers (this is probably what you have noticed) even when instructed (by you) not to. I am not impressed at all with the new versions. They still seem very buggy to me. Hence my recommendation of an older version.

    To answer your question, there is no spyware in FlashGet.
     
  3. Defenestration

    Defenestration Registered Member

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    This is the version I'm using and it also shows un-authorized connections.

    I tried the latest version of FG, but it also showed unauthorized connections.

    I suppose I'm wondering if I block any unknown connections with my firewall, is it safe to use ?

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  4. tgell

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    The Case of the Flashget Trojan Download, Regardless of who was to blame, it happened.

    Article
     
  5. Espresso

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    Turn off the file mirror check in the options.
     
  6. Defenestration

    Defenestration Registered Member

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    This is not what I was talking about, but thanks for the info.

    I have file mirrors disabled, and any other option which might check (ie. auto-updates), but FlashGet will still try to connect to unauthorized IP addresses periodically during a download.

    I am currently using it for specific downloads, but limit it to connecting to the IP addresses needed for the download.
     
  7. QQ2595

    QQ2595 Registered Member

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    59.151.31.139 Beijing China
    60.28.197.234 Tianjin China
    195.122.131.10 Germany
    195.122.131.11 Germany

    Flashget belongs to a new chinese company since the author sell it.
     
  8. krypton_harsh

    krypton_harsh Registered Member

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    Try flashget 1.90 its almost bug free and shows goo vista compatiblility
    and also good support for torrent and emule files
     
  9. farmerlee

    farmerlee Registered Member

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    i've used the classic version of flashget for a long time now with no issues. As far as i'm concerned its a safe app that works well.
     
  10. oldmystic

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    Even though I've uninstalled FlashGet in Add & Remove Programs and unchecked it from my firewall, the Search Companion still shows it as installed in Program Files, including a 51.2 kb folder containing Config, FG Mule, FG Update, etc. along with DMP & RPT files and their logo. I've scanned all this with AVG & no threats were found. I know that programs, when removed, will often leave behind traces, but this looks like the entire program was left in. Is there a safe way to remove it now that it's no longer in Add & Remove or All Programs menus? Or should I not worry?

    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Version 5.1.2600 (2002)
    Service Pack 3 Build 2600
    Default Browser, Firefox
    Dialup in the US
     
  11. Espresso

    Espresso Registered Member

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    A 51kb folder is hardly the entire program. :rolleyes: What you've described can only be classified as "traces", and is certainly safe to delete.
     
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