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Kudos0

Is this program safe?

I found this program that is a kind of java based download manger  http://jdownloader.org/

What I want to know is is it safe, and should I allow the program past norton firewall if it asks. I'm not really that sure how it works, but I would presume Norton firewall will block it by default.

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Kudos0

Re: Is this program safe?

I found this program that is a kind of java based download manger  http://jdownloader.org/

What I want to know is is it safe, and should I allow the program past norton firewall if it asks. I'm not really that sure how it works, but I would presume Norton firewall will block it by default.

Kudos2 Stats

Re: Is this program safe?

What you reference is a web site. On the web site there is a program for download. You can download this program and save it into a dedicated sub-directory on your hard drive. You can then right click on the program within explorer and have Norton scan the file. Nothing however is guaranteed in life. If in doubt have you thought about trying getright instead.

Kudos2 Stats

Re: Is this program safe?

Hi Reactivate,

 

As per the Norton Safe Web ratings, this Web site seems to be safe. So, I don't think that you need to be worry about using this utility.

 

 

 

Yogesh

Kudos2 Stats

Re: Is this program safe?

I'm not familiar with the JDownloader application, but I think that it is unlikely to contain unexpected malicious functionality because it is open source. Since the source code is freely available, it is not likely to contain some hidden malicious feature because it would be discoverable by reviewing the code. From that standpoint, it is probably safe.

A more complete definition of "safe" would also include whether the program unintentionally weakens the security of your computer- that is, its exploitability. For example, consider the hypothetical example of a webserver program. Webservers accept connections and handle requests for data from external clients. A poorly-written webserver, or one that isn't kept up to date with security updates, can be very "unsafe" from the standpoint of opening up its host operating system to attack by malicious requests. Exploitable software defects are sometimes difficult to find, and I think it is safe to say that no software is completely "safe". The firewall helps to protect you in this regard by limiting external access to your computer.

In summary, I think the program is unlikely to contain malicious functionality, but you should only give it the minimal privileges necessary to function to help prevent it from being compromised externally.

Kudos0

Re: Is this program safe?

Yogesh_mohan

I think Reactivate was referring to the downloadable file found on the website. The trouble with Norton is that it does not clearly show what files it has tested even if you ask for the fully report. Moreover, if you click for definition explanations many are not listed. 

Message Edited by cgoldman on 09-10-2009 09:30 PM
Kudos0

Re: Is this program safe?

Thanks for all the advice, and thankyou Jlatino0, it is nice to get some advice from a Symantec employee.

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