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Worrisome sponsored link when you search for Editra

Postby nule » Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:56 pm

Hi,

I was installing Editra on a new machine and without thinking I just typed "editra" in search bar instead of going right to editra.org. I noticed the there is a sponsored link for (and I'm not going to make this a URL, as I believe it's probably not safe): editra (dot) softlate (dot) com

It looks like they just bundle a bunch of crappy malware with an Editra install and call it "Editra 2011". Maybe you're already aware, and possibly there's nothing that can be done about it anyway. However I would feel remiss not bringing it to the attention of the developers here.

Thanks much for a great editor, it's one I keep on all my machines (having the same editor in Linux, OS X and Windows is great) and something I recommend any new developer download and use instead of an IDE until they get a feel for what they're doing.

Thanks again,
Mike
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Re: Worrisome sponsored link when you search for Editra

Postby cody » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:57 pm

Hi,

No I haven't seen that before. What search engine/browser did you use?

I searched on google and that site doesn't come up anywhere in the top 10 pages of results. Would be surprised to see such a site near the top of any search engines results.

I visited that link and it seems like your normal 'free' (advertising) download site (i.e downloads.com). Though I guess I didn't download it to see what else is bundled in with it. Not much can be done about it though, other than just say always get your downloads from editra.org.

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Re: Worrisome sponsored link when you search for Editra

Postby nule » Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:35 pm

Hi Cody,

I just searched for "editra" on Google, and it was the only sponsored link. You're right, I don't think it would be in the normal search results.

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Re: Worrisome sponsored link when you search for Editra

Postby cody » Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:53 pm

Hi,

Ah, I see it now. I guess my eyes have been trained to just ignore that portion of the screen where the ads are located.

After reviewing that site some more there are a number of suspicious things and false claims so I have filed a report against that site with google and some other websites. So hopefully it will disappear from the search results sometime soon.

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