Real player

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by enigma, Aug 24, 2003.

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  1. enigma

    enigma Registered Member

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    Hi to all,
    A friend of mine bought a new Dell 4600 PC. He had 2 choices for an ISP from Dell. Aol or Earthlink. (six months free from either) I insisted that they use Earthlink!! Now they want to watch real time racing at NASCAR.com. However you need Real Player to watch it, or so the site claims. Is there a "clean" alternative they can use? I have put my foot down about AOL and Real Player. I even uninstalled AOL and all its componets. Havent changed the registry yet, but thats next.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you!!
     
  2. Peaches4U

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    Hi - Try Quicktime http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ or

    http://www.macromedia.com/software/flashplayer/productinfo/partners/richmedia/mediaplayers/

    Read privacy policies to be sure that you are satisfied.

    You are right in ridding your friend of AOL and Real Player. If you friend is in doubt, show him the following spyware info. I got off an anti-spyware site.


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    Software Name: RealDownload
    Software Supplier: RealNetworks
    Software Website: http://www.realnetworks.com
    Offending Party: Internal
    Remarks: The problem is with the default configuration. Read about the behavior of this program at The Anatomy of File Download Spyware at GRC.com.
    Status: Confirmed
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    Software Name: America Online (AOL)
    Software Website: http://www.aol.com
    Offending Party: Internal
    Remarks: A computer that has AOL installed generates a calling to proxy.aol.com whether signed on to AOL ISP or not. Currently this is being investigated by different security.coms.
    Status: Under Investigation
    Entry Date: 14-May-2002
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  3. LowWaterMark

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    Well, you can certainly try alternative viewers, but, the Nascar site is not just using any version of RealPlayer, it's using RealOne Player, which has the software necessary to authenticate the $ubscriptions needed to view that media. The media feeds at the Nascar site are all pay now. As far as I know, there are no other working players that can integrate into the pay service there now. :doubt:

    As much as I'd like to view the media feeds on that site myself, I refuse to install any of the recent Real software applications. If you find out that these alternatives will work, please let me know, too. :)
     
  4. Peaches4U

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    I checked the anti-spyware sites again and a search could not find anything on Real Player One - maybe they have cleaned up their act and are okay nowo_Oo_O??

    Real Player 7 & 8 - confirmed to have spyware.

    Windows Player 9 - under investigation
     
  5. enigma

    enigma Registered Member

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    Hi to Peaches4U & LowWaterMark,
    Read the privicy policies at both links and they were vague. When i read that "we sometimes allow 3 party agenties (sp) to get info from them, that sends up the red flags for me. However i am thankful for your suggestions.
    I used AOL for a short time. As i became more knowledgeable about spyware i dumped AOL for ATT. NET. It actually took a registry cleaner to get rid of all of AOL. I have found that Att has a "track new member js." HTML that they use to........well...track new members! I have called tech and i guess its going to be there no matter what. Im not overly parinoid but i DONT like being tracked! I found it using NSW to clean up after i was on the net. Its there every time. Oh well....what can a person do? Right?
    Again, thanks to you all for the info.
     
  6. Peaches4U

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    Privacy policy for Macromedia: I could be wrong but think the only area of real concern would be DoubleClick cookies ... these can be blocked under 3rd party cookies. Mine are blocked most successfully as even some newspaper sites use Doubleclick. If you have SpywareBlaster installed, these cookies will also be blocked by this software.
    Anything that is free, is not really 100% free as a certain amount of privacy must be given up in exchange. As for Quicktime, I say shame on Apple Computers if they place spyware - could not find it on the spyware list on the anti-spyware site. However, the final decision is up to you.... Good luck. LWM what is your opinion on this privacy policy?

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