ALL2MP3 now comes preloaded with slimeware.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Partron22, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Wanted to convert a Flac to mp3 this morning.
    Opened ALL2MP3, and got Apple's "this app may not be compatible...) dialog. (32 bit software)
    Looked for an update thru the app itself.
    Viola, sure enough there was an update: 2.0820 to 2.09.
    I saved my previous version as All2MP3old.
    The installer asked me nicely about adding two or three pieces of software I'd never heard of.
    Then asked me to take a survey.
    Then, without asking, installed MacDefender.
    Then installed All2MP3 v 2.09, which is also a 32 bit app, so soon to be useless.
    Had to install Malwarebytes to kill off Defender.
    Turned out Malwarebytes was fairly intrusive, and icon on Menubar;wanted to check for updates once an hour.
    At least it quarantined, but did not remove MacDefender.
    Used AppCleaner to remove Malwarebytes.
    Used Find Any File to in look everywhere mode (Option key) and found a pile of files that Malwarebytes and Appcleaner missed (Keywords Malwarebytes an MacDefender).
    Killed them all by hand.
    Now I have a reasonably speedy Mac again.
    Only took an hour and a half.
    But the Flacs are now MP3's.

    Conclusions: Updating ALL2MP3 beyond 2.08 can cause a world of trouble.
    Give it a pass. The thing is still 32 bit anyway.

    Malwarebytes is not as innocuous as I remembered it to be.

    The best way to kill malware is by hand with a good file search App.

    Find Any File is still 32 bit, but EasyFind, which will also let you search in all the nooks and crannies is 64 bit.
  2. Miat macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2012
    When the All2MP3 site and program got hijacked a while back I got hit by the update with malware. Fortunately it was first thing that happened that day after I booted up my comp, and I also caught it straight away, so was able to quickly revert to the previous night's backup with no losses.

    I still have the old pre-malware All2MP3 installed (version 2.0820), and I disabled the update by using Little Snitch to block all outgoing connections for it.

    But given it is still 32 bit then it won't be a working app for much longer. A while since I checked, but IIRC there are other convert-to-mp3 apps in the App Store.

    But I will miss All2MP3. So easy to use, and has never made an error, far as I know.
  3. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    Try Mediahuman’s converter.

    I would post a link but the forums seem to be playing up.
  4. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013

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