Careful when installing winamp
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01-16-2003, 07:44 PM -
I don't know where you got this information, but your source appears to be inaccurate. I checked my trusted site list (I have WA3 and IE6), and it is empty. Just to be sure, I reinstalled Winamp3 and rechecked. Still nothing. One has to wonder what motivation Nullsoft (the makers of Winamp) would have to place AOL domains on the trusted site lists of their users' computers. The two companies share no affiliations.
I suspect that some unscrupulous "l33+ h@X()r" downloaded the WA3 installer, injected the code to add AOL domains to the trusted site list, and reuploaded the infected version for distribution at a third party's site. He (or she) could then take advantage of this newfound trust by uploading pages with malicious code to AOL domains. I don't know why she swallowed the fly. Perhaps she'll die.
I appologize for the strange style of this post. I just got done watching CSI, so I'm in a weird analytical mood Smile

Anyway, the moral of this story: always download code directly from the author's web page, if possible. When in doubt, virus scan it. If you suspct the author is capable of something like this, look elswhere. Chances are, somebody else has made a similar product. And always, always make your own coffee. It just might save your life.

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[No subject] - by Bob Freeman - 01-16-2003, 04:04 PM
[No subject] - by shapeshifter - 01-16-2003, 07:44 PM
[No subject] - by Bob Freeman - 01-16-2003, 08:25 PM
[No subject] - by Guest - 01-17-2003, 04:29 AM
[No subject] - by shapeshifter - 01-17-2003, 06:42 AM

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