Giveaway of the Day fixes false positives on malware detection – don’t give up on GOTD yet!August 16, 2009 3 Email article | Print article
It seems that GOTD has fixed the false malware/virus readings many people have been getting for the past two days. As Victor Gnanaraj pointed out today’s giveaway is not detected as virus or malware, and I can confirm my Avira did not detect anything and neither did VirusTotal for today’s giveaway of Watermark Express. So now all I gotta say is don’t give up on GOTD yet! They fixed the false readings and I bet they are still open up for suggestions on how to work their Software Informer deal from users.
For those that have yet to encounter it, when running Setup.exe you get a little pop up asking you if you want to install Software Informer’s client:
You can very easily click “No” and not install the client.
Also, there is a button at the end activation window that you may click (again optional) to install the client:
Now here is my two cents to Giveaway of the Day. First thing you should do now is disable the “update this software” feature of Software Informer’s client. Why? Well because not only is it against your terms of service, regarding updates, but many giveaways turn into trial version if you update them. People that don’t know this will try to update and will not be happy.
Second thing is they should remove the popup. I say this because considering the nature of GOTD, installing new software everyday, some play may think this “Software Informer” thing is part of the giveaway and install it without full knowledge of the fact it is a third party client they do not need. At the very least put a disclaimer “this is optional and not part of the giveaway” if you are going to keep the pop up.
Last thing, if at all possible, I suggest removing the Software Informer client totally from your giveaways and instead put a link on your website like you do for Advanced SystemCare.
If I have any more suggestions I will be sure to speak out. Feel free to post your suggestions below.