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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Why is a Codec Bad?

A Codec is normally a good thing. It’s short for “Coder-Decoder” and also acts as a compressor/decompressor. It’s named kinda like Modem was for Modulator/Demodulator.

There are various forms but lately you’ll hear it most often in regard to audio or video translation. It seems to be another popular way of tricking people into installing spyware on their systems.  Here’s how it works…

You’re invited or enticed somehow to view a video, or end up on a page with a video, Could be a Paris Hilton or it could be something really, really funny.
Before you can view said video, you must have a compatible “codec” installed on your machine. So naturally, they offer to let you download this magic codec.
Before you know it, you’re infected with more adware and crap than your computer can handle.

If you’re curious for more information you can read articles at
SunbeltBlog: “Another fake codec site” “Fake video webmaster is also pushing Zango”

Meanwhile, know what and where you’re downloading. Beware of the fake codec! 


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