Re: Realplayer security and privacy issues?
From: nemo_outis (abc_at_xyz.com)
Date: 31 May 2005 12:43:08 GMT
"nemo" <email@example.com> wrote in
> I haven't posted here for ages so I suppose I'd better introduce
> myself as a Newbie again.
> I accidentally deleted my old version of RealPlayer and yesterday, I
> downloaded the free basic version.
> It installed OK, plays a few more types of file and the picture
> quality is much improved. Fine I thought.
> But during the install, it repeatedly asked me for my postcode which
> I'd already submitted, (I have it listed as confidential info with a
> prompt instruction) and more disturbingly, it removed the Block
> Cookies rule from IE and my Norton firewall and used a huge number of
> them while installing. Fortunately it only altered the setting from
> 'Block All' to 'Prompt' in the firewall and that's how I realised what
> it had done.
> And on top of that, this morning RealPlayer contacted
> http://message.real.com/Msg/7.0/win32 resulting in my again being
> asked for my postcode. (That's UK for Zip Code, BTW.)
> The odd thing was - I didn't have RealPlayer running at the time and
> there's nothing new showing as running in the background when I hit
> Any ideas before I ditch the thing and do without it? Flash and Media
> Player 7 have already gone that way for phoning home.
> Thanks in advance,
Yup, what you need is "real alternative" which ,although it has to use a
few realplayer DLLs, is clean of spyware and doesn't phone home. It's
widely available on the net (free!) and I believe the latest version is
1.38. One place to get it: