Orbital Decay: the dark side of a popular file downloading tool

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  1. SweX

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  2. AVusah

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    That's just bizarre.
     
  3. Snoop3

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    eh, i knew some of these FF add-ons like ANT Downloader were making their $$ by stealing/compiling your browsing data, profiling etc so this isn't too surprising either. If its "free" it usually isn't free.
     
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    Interesting article. Thanks for the post. I used Orbit a long, long time ago. Glad I replaced it with WinWget way back then!
     
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    I already left Orbit years ago since the development is slow and it didn't support the latest version of Firefox in that time. Despite what the article said, I found it to be an excellent download manager. Unless of course, there are some nasty things hidden under the hood some times after I quit using it. :ninja:
     
  6. siljaline

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    See appendices to article:
    [UPDATE #2: Popular file download sites BetaNews, DownloadCrew, Softpedia and Softonic have all removed Orbit Downloader from their sites. (2013-08-23 19:00 PDT)
    UPDATE #1: Popular file download site MajorGeeks has removed Orbit Downloader from their site. AG (2013-08-22 19:00 PDT)]

    Or - as below.

    http://betanews.com/2013/08/23/orbit-downloader-includes-ddos-code-says-eset/#comments

    http://www.downloadcrew.com/article/298-orbit_downloader

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Orbit-Downloader-Contains-DDOS-Component-ESET-Warns-377662.shtml

    http://news.en.softonic.com/orbit-downloader-contains-trojan-downloads-blocked

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/orbit_downloader.html
     
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    LOL, I´m still using an old version of this app, I noticed that the newer versions didn´t work correctly, so I never upgraded plus I found a better downloader (YTD Video Downloader). :)

    I´m actually surprised that it took so long to remove this app from popular downloading sites, on the Orbit forum and in some user reviews it was already mentioned that this app was behaving fishy a long time ago. :cautious:
     
  8. siljaline

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    And why would you need or use a download manager that poses this much risk ? Nonetheless, it has been removed from most sites as noted.
     
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    Wild that they got away with it for so long.
     
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    Is that a pun on LOIC? Or vice versa?
     
  11. SweX

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    ........one more
     
  12. siljaline

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    Thanks for the added note: SweX
     
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    You're welcome siljaline :thumb:
     
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    Hello,

    I've been thinking about doing a follow-up blog, but, there's just not much additional to report. Still no contact from the author, nor has any additional malicious behavior shown up.

    Regards,

    Aryeh Goretsky
     
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    The only download manager ive used was Download Accelerator. Used it a lot when i had Dial Up and early DSL days because i could resume my downloads. :D
     
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    Are you referring to Download Accelerator Plus?

    I'm using the registered version right now to speed up the download of Windows 8.1.
     
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    Back in those days I used FlashGet. It was adware but there were workarounds.
     
  18. siljaline

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    These days FlashGet and others of it's ilk would be in a Hosts file and or flagged by your AV as a PUA.

     
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    I gave it a try in 2012 just to remember the old days and to be honest i didnt notice any difference.

    I did try FlashGet once but for some reason i always went back to Download Accelerator.

    I used DA (Download Accelerator) from 2000 - 2008 when i got a decent DSL speed. (I think it was 512K . . . LOL)
    Currently i have JDownloader installed because its UBER SUPER DUPER ULTRA convenient when downloading zillions of files from hosts.
     
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    It isn't adware these days. I remember back in the day when there was a paid version you could input your serial number when you installed it so I would install without adware.
     
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    I makes a big difference for me with my slow internet conntection.
     
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    I stopped using orbit a couple of years ago. Good for me.:)

    @Noob
    Looking at JDownloader website right now. Nice find.:thumb:
     
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    Yeah, the only downside is that it needs Java but aside from that its very very very good and its free!
    Makes downloading multiple files a breeze.
     
  25. siljaline

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    ESET podcast: Popular Orbit Downloader Goes Rogue
    -http://go.eset.com/us/resources/podcasts/092013_ESET_Orbit.mp3-
     
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