So, as a little experiment, I just d/l'd 'Unlocker' from CNet, and using
a Win7 install in VB, did a test install. Rather, I d/l'd and installed
the Cnet installer for 'Unlocker'.
There are two choices, 'Quick' or 'Express' install [whatever it was
called], and 'Custom'.
Under the 'Custom' setting, there's another checkbox for installing the
CNet 'additional' s/w.
If you select 'Express Install', it automatically checks the 'Additional
software'. If you select 'Custom Install', and uncheck the 'Additional
s/ w', it *STILL* installs the 'additional s/w", and then gives you an
opportunity to install unlocker now or later.
The above was all done under the window tagged, titled, and labelled as
the CNet installer.
I firmly believe that the CNet d/l'r is what actually installed the
unwanted s/w. I also believe that this has been happening far longer
than you think, as the CNet info on the d/l'r says it's only been using
the d/ l'r since July, but I specifically recall being presented with it
far before then.
...or, the user did not uncheck the extra stuff in the Unlocker
And the second link, CNet investigated Unlocker's install and found the
authors' installer placed the Babylon toolbar into the wrapper.
No, it didn't investigate Unlocker. CNet claimed the installer for
*Orbit Downloader* installed the Babylon toolbar.
..."Our team did confirm that Babylon was offered through Orbit
Downloader's installation process, but that process was not affiliated
with or implemented in the CNET Installer itself and was developed
separately from Download.com. Hopefully this will clarify some
Yes, hopefully that will clarify things for *you*.
That too is malicious. All of this is pretty damning evidence if you
If I had to pick between Unlocker and BartPE, I would choose the latter
hands down. Not only can BartPE do the same as Unlocker, but also do
zillions of other things as well. Even editing of the Windows registry.
Really handy when Windows refuses to boot because of a corrupt
Now if one insists to run Unlocker, well what is wrong with using
Unlocker 1.8.5? Nobody has a security problem with that version. And
Unlocker 1.8.6 to 1.9.1 are like 5 times larger than 1.8.5. Why did
Unlocker bloat so much for? And this is from downloads from the
author's own website too.
As the author explained....
v1.8.6 - Promotional Feature: Added fully optional shortcuts to eBay
during the installation. Simply untick "eBay shortcuts" in the choose
components page during install if you do not wish to have those.
and v1.8.9 - Promotional feature: Fully optional eBay shortcuts, Bing or
Quickstores toolbar depending on location.
So I d/l'd the Unlocker installer directly from the "Direct Download"
link right below the link for d/l'g through the CNet installer. The
Unlocker install *did* offer me a couple toolbar things, I unchecked
them all during installation, and they *did not* install.
Based on this test, I would have no qualms about using and d/l'g
'Unlocker', if necessary, but d/l it directly and bypass the CNet d/l'r,
and most likely, d/l from the authors website directly.
I would also advice to use this tool where required, but also advise to
l directly and to uncheck all options on install.