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From Rory O'Farrell <ofarr...@iol.ie>
Subject Re: PDF-to-ODT conversion
Date Sun, 01 Dec 2013 17:25:23 GMT
On Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:57:34 -0500
"Think" <thinktanky@gmail.com> wrote:

> I downloaded from freeocr.net 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?

For openoffice we only recommend 
www.openoffice.org/download

For all other applications I always recommend using the main project site; if I have to recommend
a particular site, it is always one I have used myself and know to be clean.

> Brenda Hart Neihouse
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Allen Schaaf, CISSP [mailto:netsecurity@sound-by-design.com] 
> Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2013 4:09 AM
> To: users@openoffice.apache.org
> Subject: Re: PDF-to-ODT conversion
> 
> Alas, CNET is a nest of vipers. Sorry, I should have mentioned 
> the best source: http://www.freeocr.net/.
> 
> NEVER TRUST CNET!
> 
> Best,
> 
> Allen
> 
> On 11/30/2013 8:25 AM, Rory O'Farrell wrote:
> > On Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:09:09 -0500
> > "Maurice Howe" <maurice@stny.rr.com> 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,
> Spybot,
> >> 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
> > http://calibre-ebook.com/
> > 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
> site.
> >
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