McAffee indicates spyware, etc...?

I am new to vassal but would really enjoy trying it out. However McAffee
popped up and said they have tested the download and it contains spyware, etc…

Anyone have any indicators of this being the case?

I don’t want to start any issues with my PC.

Vassal is completely clean of any spyware, malware, etc. I would say that’s either a false positive on McAfee’s part or some support program on your computer is triggering a positive. I’d run a full scan on your system to insure a DLL or java component on your system has not been compromised.

Thus spake TWTHOMAS:

I am new to vassal but would really enjoy trying it out. However McAffee
popped up and said they have tested the download and it contains
spyware, etc…

Anyone have any indicators of this being the case?

I don’t want to start any issues with my PC.

From where are you downloading it? If you’re getting it from the downloads
page on our site, or from our project page on SourceForge then it most
definitely does NOT contain spyware. If you’re getting it from somewhere
that we don’t control, though, I can’t vouch for it.

What exactly is the message you’re getting from your AV program?


J.

I just want to echo what Joel has said. You should not see this warning
ever and if you do, we would very much like more details.

  • M.

On 2 August 2010 05:32, Joel Uckelman uckelman@nomic.net wrote:

Thus spake TWTHOMAS:

I am new to vassal but would really enjoy trying it out. However McAffee
popped up and said they have tested the download and it contains
spyware, etc…

Anyone have any indicators of this being the case?

I don’t want to start any issues with my PC.

From where are you downloading it? If you’re getting it from the downloads
page on our site, or from our project page on SourceForge then it most
definitely does NOT contain spyware. If you’re getting it from somewhere
that we don’t control, though, I can’t vouch for it.

What exactly is the message you’re getting from your AV program?


J.

I just want to echo what Joel has said.� You should not see this warning ever and if you do, we would very much like more details.

- M.

On 2 August 2010 05:32, Joel Uckelman <uckelman@nomic.net> wrote:

Thus spake TWTHOMAS:
> I am new to vassal but would really enjoy trying it out. However McAffee
> popped up and said they have tested the download and it contains
> spyware, etc...
>
> Anyone have any indicators of this being the case?
>
> I don't want to start any issues with my PC.
>

From where are you downloading it? If you're getting it from the downloads
page on our site, or from our project page on SourceForge then it most
definitely does NOT contain spyware. If you're getting it from somewhere
that we don't control, though, I can't vouch for it.

What exactly is the message you're getting from your AV program?

--
J.

This is what pops up.
My PC is UBER clean, I am kind of freaksih about it, thus my orginial post. I check for updates
daily on my virus software.

Its when I click on download and it forwards me to sourceforge. I click on the windows version
and when I try to DL the installer, McAfee advises against it.

Uhmmm… What does it say if you try to download the Mac installer? That
will help us understand what part it’s referring to.

  • M.

On 4 August 2010 20:48, TWTHOMAS therron.thomas@att.net wrote:

This is what pops up.
My PC is UBER clean, I am kind of freaksih about it, thus my orginial
post. I check for updates daily on my virus software.

Its when I click on download and it forwards me to sourceforge. I click
on the windows version
and when I try to DL the installer, McAfee advises against it.

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[1] farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/486 … 8107_z.jpg

Uhmmm… What does it say if you try to download the Mac installer?� That will help us understand what part it’s referring to.

- M.

On 4 August 2010 20:48, TWTHOMAS <therron.thomas@att.net> wrote:

This is what pops up.
My PC is UBER clean, I am kind of freaksih about it, thus my orginial
post. I check for updates daily on my virus software.

Its when I click on download and it forwards me to sourceforge. I click
on the windows version
and when I try to DL the installer, McAfee advises against it.

[1]

[1] [farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/486 ... 8107_z.jpg](http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4861756462_d784628107_z.jpg)


Both Linux and Mac dl fine. No message.

Both Zip files get pop up.

I suspected the file extensions so I tried an EXE and ZIP from other sources and they DL fine also.

Well, it sounds like it’s complaining about the installer.

We can certainly vouch for the download. But if you have any doubts at all,
click on download VASSAL for other operating systems and download the
version for “Other”. If you unpack it in a suitable directory, you should
be able to just click on VASSAL.bat and you’ll be fine.

  • M.

On 4 August 2010 21:27, TWTHOMAS therron.thomas@att.net wrote:

Both Linux and Mac dl fine. No message.
Both Zip files get pop up.

I suspected the file extensions so I tried an EXE and ZIP from other
sources and they DL fine also.

Well, it sounds like it’s complaining about the installer.�

We can certainly vouch for the download.� But if you have any doubts at all, click on download VASSAL for other operating systems and download the version for “Other”.� If you unpack it in a suitable directory, you should be able to just click on VASSAL.bat and you’ll be fine.


- M.

On 4 August 2010 21:27, TWTHOMAS <therron.thomas@att.net> wrote:

Both Linux and Mac dl fine. No message.

Both Zip files get pop up.



I suspected the file extensions so I tried an EXE and ZIP from other

sources and they DL fine also.


Thus spake TWTHOMAS:

Its when I click on download and it forwards me to sourceforge. I click
on the windows version
and when I try to DL the installer, McAfee advises against it.

I’ve had a look at the McAfee SiteAdvisor site, and I have to conclude
that their methodology is deeply flawed. Here’s why:

Our downloads come from downloads.sourceforge.net. Here’s what they
say about it:

siteadvisor.com/sites/downlo … eforge.net

None of the files they list in the “Downloads we found on this site”
section are ours. In fact, they seem to have a random sampling of
files from projects on SF. There are likely hundreds of thousands of
files you could download from SF; there might well be some bad apples
there. But that depends on the people on the project who upload the
files, not SourceForge. Checking files from other projects makes little
sense for evaluating whether our files are safe.

Furthermore, I don’t see any evidence whatsoever on their site that
they even examined any of the files we provide via SF.

However, they do claim to have analyzed eight files from our own site:

siteadvisor.com/sites/vassal … downloads/

They say this about our Windows installer for VASSAL 3.1.7:

siteadvisor.com/sites/vassal … /21949311/

Everything they say there is true, though misleading. It looks like
they’re doing some (presumably automated) tests on a system where Java
isn’t installed. Because you need Java to run VASSAL, the Windows
installer will install Java for you if you don’t have Java already. Most
of the changes they’re picking up are a result of installing Java. All of
the changes they note are what is supposed to happen during the install.
There’s nothing untoward going on here, though they manage to make it
sound like we’re causing some sort of “nuisance”.

To sum up, I would not rely on SiteAdvisor to tell you whether VASSAL is
safe to install. You get much more assurance that VASSAL is safe from the
fact that it’s open-source, so anyone can examine the code. If there were
any malware in VASSAL, it wouldn’t take long for someone to notice.


J.

Thanks for the feedback. I will go ahead and DL it. Like I said above I am just uber sensitive about protecting my
PC. I figured as popular as it is and so many people using it that I would be able to find more complaints and such
but your engine is star studded from all I have read.