[lug] Malware refuge?
druw at oneimage.com
Wed Aug 28 13:48:57 MDT 2013
I was, the other day, minding my own business editing some
educational MP3s ripped form ancient cassettes when I noticed a
volume problem. Me or my machines had screwed up the volume on the
whole batch -- way too low. I tried MediaMonkey and MP3DirectCut to
no avail, but a quick Google disclosed a quick and cheap savior in
"MP3Gain" -- freeware. When I went to download it I somehow
discovered that it, or other utilities like it, were wrapped in
controversy. CNET / Download.com and sourceForge and SoftPedia? all
now -- so it seems -- almost openly -- use a wrapped installer that
automatically infects your machine with malware -- if you can't stop
it. One comment on the practice indicated that it was a challenge of
unchecking boxes and reading fine print -- as in jumping through
hoops -- to prove you are smart enough and alert enough to not get
infected -- which some said you couldn't un-infect and would also get
further future infections.
Now for the Linux part you've been patiently waiting on. I don't
usually expect to find a lot of quick convenient utilities like
MP3Gain on the Linux platform -- and accordingly don't even really
look that hard for them -- which tends to keep my functionality on
Windows -- which is, of course, eaten up with Malware.
So, is Linux still, and likely to stay, a safe haven't from Malware
where I could avoid all this crap? Are there wrapped installers doing
this same crap on Linux? Is there a fast and efficient way to
determine (or almost, sort-of determine) that a cheap quick utility
like MP3gain (or it's utility) is available for the Linux platform
and a way to get it where I won't stumble while jumping through Malware hoops?
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