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Malware: Does RealPlayer Deserve Badware Label?

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"The Google-backed StopBadware.org group has explained the thinking behind its decision to slap the "badware" label on two versions of RealNetworks’ RealPlayer software, insisting there are serious problems with the installation process and behavior of the products.

But RealNetworks is hitting back, arguing that the claims raised by StopBadware.org doesn’t justify the company’s flagship media player to carry the embarrassing "badware" tag. "[The] only thing bad is the report itself," said RealNetworks Vice President Jeff Chasen in a point-by-point reaction to the StopBadware.org report." – Content courtesy of Does RealPlayer Deserve `Badware` Label?

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Paul April 18, 2008 at 12:49 AM

Real player is crap. I installed it and it asked me Do you want to maek real player your default player? I checked no and it made itself the default player any way. It also installed software that it did not mention during the installation process. It also kept giving an error message when trying to watch some video. Real alternative fixed all of those problem. Thank god for real alternative.

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Mud August 6, 2008 at 8:31 PM

As the other post mentions, Real Player is junkware. It installs extra stuff you don’t want and don’t have a choice but get during the install. It ignores the wishes of the computer owner and I’ve removed it long ago never to be used again. Anything that requires Real Player is not worth seeing.

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Jen April 29, 2010 at 7:31 PM

It certainly behaves like malware – running multiple background processes that come back within minutes if you kill them, even when you haven’t used the program in days. And its updater keeps adding itself to your startup list no matter how many times you remove it. The solution? Uninstall this pile of garbage. Mud is right – if it needs Real Player, it’s not worth watching.

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Scott April 9, 2011 at 8:06 AM

I agree with all of you when i installed the current one it tried to install a GOD-Damn Key-logger!!!! the nerve of those bastards. Unfortunately I wanted to watch some video from I believe it was CERN (the LHC collider) they only support the real player for all of their video. RealNetworks as far as I’m concerned belongs in the BADWARE penalty box PERMANENTLY!!!! it WORTHLESS P.O.S.S.

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dorn March 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM

all my laptop problems with tracking and other malware is coming from Realplayer. I shall be uninstalling and bye forever after years of using I am surprised.

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