Realplayer security issues?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by nemo, May 31, 2005.

  1. nemo

    nemo Guest

    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 there's
    nothing new showing as running in the background when I hit CTRL+ALT+DEL.

    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,

    Nemo
     
    nemo, May 31, 2005
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