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« on: February 26, 2014, 01:58:53 AM »
I actually uninstalled Pando Media Booster a long time ago, but for those that haven't.... Uninstall it NOW!
This from the forums:


 Check your system for left over Pando Media Booster. Virus Possibility
(Hopefully not posted somewhere else here, I didn't see another post)

According to this:

http://cstm.mymiddleearth.com/2014/0...oster-warning/

Pando Media Booster was used by Turbine in DDO and LOTRO downloads/installation and is no longer in existence. But if you previously had it installed DDO (before Aug 2013 roughly), Pando is popping up as having an update and this update contains the Sweet Page browser hijacker virus. If nothing else, it's a good reminder to uninstall it just in case.

Having downloaded the LOTRO standalone installer some time ago when it still used the Pando Media Booster downloader, it stuck around my system long after Turbine stopped using it as Pando had already apparently shut down on August 31, 2013.

Having forgotten about Pando having shut down, it launched a pop-up today informing me that a new PMB update was available and asked if I would like to install it.

As soon as I clicked yes, it installed the Sweet Page browser hijacker virus, the WPM service that seems to re-install it and 2 more pieces of insidious software that I hopefully was able to prevent from installing when I saw some suspicious install messages.

I got hit though, and Chrome, Firefox and IE’s home pages and new tab default pages had been changed to Sweet Page’s, all shortcuts to the 3 browsers had been modified that they would launch Sweet Page’s home page upon launch, etc.

If you did get hit by this, here’s a link that will help you remove Sweet Page’s install: http://www.antivirus-blog.com/remova...-page-removal/
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Re: PMB
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 08:00:00 AM »
Hmmm, that just popped up for me too on my newer desktop. I have only had for less then a year so installed ddo after 2013, and still got the pop up. I did not get the pop up on my laptop though. I didn't recognize the program as something I installed so I cancelled it, but it kept popping up every few minutes, so I uninstalled it. Sounds like I was lucky, usually I just hit update without a second thought.
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Re: PMB
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2014, 02:43:23 PM »
Both of the links you provided are no longer active.

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Re: PMB
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2014, 03:59:34 PM »
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Re: PMB
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2014, 07:21:29 PM »
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Re: PMB
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2014, 08:39:03 AM »
Thank you, I have had issues with Pando for sometime but viewed it as a needed evil :( it's gone now
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Re: PMB
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2014, 03:00:18 PM »
So is it a set page that it defaults to, cause we have had an issue with our homepage on my wife's account being changed and not being able to change it back. will have to look into this thnks AJ.
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Re: PMB
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2014, 10:11:12 PM »
Yikes I still had it installed hope this fixes my issues with that homepage. but we won't tell the wife my game gave us a virus that would only cause another issue
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Re: PMB
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2014, 10:47:51 PM »
Heehee! I actually found I had this still installed  ::)
I HAD on the other hand neutered it via the firewall and it had no inet access ;)

Don't get me started on this new Akamai shite tho  >:(
There are 3rd party workarounds and if you don't like the idea of a program that has the capacity to change the way it's p2p operations for DDO WITHOUT NOTIFYING YOU!  Then check out the different options on the forums. Please note that DDO runs just fine without it once the client has started. Personally, it should never be allowed to start when windows starts! It should start when the DDO client needs to update and then stop and dissappear once it's finished updating.
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Re: PMB
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2014, 04:47:09 PM »
I completely agree AJ and I know you can "after your done with set up of DDO" scrap the program and erase it from your comp though I will be reloaded upon the next update?? I can't remeber read it on the forums though should be there.
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