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From "Maurice Howe" <>
Subject RE: PDF-to-ODT conversion
Date Sun, 01 Dec 2013 17:56:49 GMT
I've had years of success with
If you've gotten snagged by The Bad Guys (via CNET or another source), try
Spybot, MalWareBytes, and Stinger32.  

Maurice Howe

-----Original Message-----
From: Think [] 
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2013 11:58 AM
Subject: RE: PDF-to-ODT conversion

I downloaded from and also got other software with the OCR
program. It was an accept/decline statement and the first one got past me,
but I saw the others and declined. So when my daughter went to use my
browser to find a recipe for me she said "there's a weird browser on your
computer." This happened with dealslider a week ago when I downloaded a free
font browser.

Unfortunately, this one issue is one of the biggest issues for people
utilizing free and open source software -- it is not "verified" to not have
malware, etc. attached to it.

I am in the process of specifying open source software for a non profit
company I am building, and am swimming the waters myself to see what
problems are inherent in open source. It seems that this one is huge and
relatively insurmountable unless someone wants to start a foundation to cull
the software for cleanliness.

Also, many people such as myself trust CNET. Obviously that trust is
misplaced. So if not CNET, then whom?

Brenda Hart Neihouse

-----Original Message-----
From: Allen Schaaf, CISSP []
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2013 4:09 AM
Subject: Re: PDF-to-ODT conversion

Alas, CNET is a nest of vipers. Sorry, I should have mentioned the best




On 11/30/2013 8:25 AM, Rory O'Farrell wrote:
> On Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:09:09 -0500
> "Maurice Howe" <> wrote:
>> BEWARE !!!
>> The download of FreeOCR from CNET brought along a huge mess of excess 
>> baggage.  After 3 attempts at System Restore, running Malware Bytes,
>> RegCure and Stinger got rid of (what I hope is all of) 243 infections.
>> There may be a "clean" version out there but this exercise scared me off.
>> I'll try Dave's Google Drive method.  Thanks to all, but I thought 
>> this warning was in order.  Hope it saves others a lot of grief.
>> Cheers,
>> Maurice Howe
>> I'm retired. Go around me.
> The comments on the cnet freeocr page indicate such infestation.
> You could try Calibre, downloading only from 
> which will convert a PDF into text. Anything I have ever downloaded 
> from
that calibre site has been clean.
> As a general rule I suggest only to download from an application's own

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