Are these free apps safe?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Mr. 123, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Mr. 123 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2016
    I recently got a new Mac and have been slowly reinstalling apps and stuff that I had on my old computer. Many of the apps I used are free and came from the web. Recently I downloaded another free app on my old computer which brought adware and installer some apps without my consent so I don't want to make the same mistake with the new computer, so I am wondering if anyone here has any experience with these following apps:

    Audacity (, XLD (, Handbreak (, Megasync, MacX apps and Spotify.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Not familiar with all of them, but Audacity and Handbrake are great, and you should be good installing them from their official sources
  3. Mr. 123 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2016
    Great! I really like Audacity because it's straight forward!
  4. kaya macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2012
    I'm using Audacity and Spotify. I didn't have any problems so far.
  5. techwarrior macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2009
    I have used all at one time or another, should be fine. Only one I would urge caution with is Megasync, I believe that is Kim Dotcom's app although he is no longer involved with it, he had a number of legal all seems sketchy to me.
  6. kvorobyov macrumors newbie


    Oct 5, 2017
    Omsk, Siberia
    Actually, XLD and MediaHuman Audio Converter are two different apps but they both are safe.
  7. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Beware, however. Some old gold has recently been getting sold to dubious companies.
    Even App writers get old.
    When an independent App offers me an update, I always make sure to have a backup of the old App or installer, before updating. I've been glad I did that a couple times this past year. One of the "updates" quite happily installed MacDefender on my Mac, without asking. Going to a recent backup was the easiest way to dump that garbage, and downgrade the App with the booby-trapped update.

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