BitTorrent files now require malware codecs?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by macfreek57, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. macfreek57 macrumors 6502

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    Has anyone else noticed the increasing number of BitTorrent video files that require some stupid codec to play? This must be a new way for those jerks to infect computers with spyware and adware. I've been trying to download some video files, and I can't find one that doesn't come with a text file talking about where you can get the codec to play the file. It's so frustrating. They give you a link to some page that says something like, "New video advanced video codec for BitTorrent video files!" or, "Sign up for one of these FREE offers to get a password!"
    I hate this crap!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    What do you use beyond Perian, Flip4Mac, and VLC? :confused:
     
  3. tsu macrumors newbie

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    Porn?

    If you are seeing malware, chances are you are downloading porn from a popular tracker. The bad news is that I just called you out for being a perv. The good news is that I am also a perv: try Porn Bits instead.
     
  4. macfreek57 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No...

    It was not porn. It turns out that it was just one particular TV show I was trying to download episodes for. They all came with a text readme file saying that I had to follow some (different) link to download a codec I'd never heard of from sites who's whois registration pages looked suspicious (i.e. "iNtegrationMediaCorp's ShoppingSearch!® Software" etc.). And of course the codecs are all just some .exe file with a name consisting of some inscrutable string of characters. I have the usual codecs installed already, particularly the ones you listed Eidorian.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    On the Windows side I've never used anything beyond VLC or even sometimes CCCP.

    I don't see any reason to follow a suggestion to get some weird codec.
     
  6. nateco macrumors regular

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    It's a trap....


    Seriously.....don't get the codecs...just delete the file and find another one.
     

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