Just wondered why spybot is picking up 7zip as spyware? when i'm read on loads of sites as it being free of this?
Ask the Spybot developers! ;)
They don't seem to have a forum thats why I asked here. Your answer doesn't fill me with confidence about switching to 7zip :(
Because as all compression programs (WinRar, WinZip, etc) do, they trace, in thre registry, what you have done the last time you used the program (last directories and last files uncompressed). If this is really a problem, then stop using most of the software on the market...
Lol. What he meant was that since 7-zip has absolutely no spyware (its really and obvious fact, being opensource and all) then the fault lies with the developers of Spybot.
Don't worry, 7-zip is safe and completely free, with great compression too ;-)
What Spybot means is there could be a security break due to these registry entries. What they say also about WinRar and WinZip is :
Some lists of directories and recently used files.
Usage tracks allow any user with direct access to your machine to see what files you have worked on recently. If that user is you, those tracks are even a feature. There is no other harm done by usage tracks.
That's all and yes Igor the best ;-)
Is the report in Spybot a teal/blueish color, or red? Red means spyware, teal/blue means usage-tracking - which is NOT harmful. If it's teal, all Spybot is saying is that there is a recently used file list that Spybot can wipe if you'd like it to. Usage tracks do not *have* to be cleared for you to be spyware free. It's simply offering you the option.
Basically, if you use Spybot to remove the usage tracks, it will clear the recently used files list. This way no one else on your computer can open up 7-zip and notice that the most recently used file in 7-zip is pr0n.zip ;)
Oh, and if you'd rather not be bothered by usage-tracks being listed when you scan for spyware, check "Spyware Check Only" in the File Sets button in the Search & Destroy window of Spybot (you know, the main window where it lets you check for spyware in the first place). At the top there is the File Set button. Chances are you've got it turned onto "Select all available checks".
If you do this, 7-zip should never be listed again, as it is definately 100% spyware free. But it is also 100% okay to remove the usage tracks via Spybot - it will not harm any of your programs.
This is NOT a BUG of 7-ZIP and NOT a BUG of SPYBOT.
7-ZIP stores recent files and directories (should be
possible to switch this off, I do not like this).
And Spybot kicks this out.
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