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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Is RealPlayer safe?

    I remember being told that RealPlayer carried a payload of adware or spyware, but I can't find the details anymore.

    Do others run this software? Have you checked it out with AdAware, Spybot etc? Is it reasonably safe to install?

    StuartR

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    Re: Is RealPlayer safe?

    Stuart

    To play stuff from the BBC it is necessary to install their free version of RealPlayer. But ever after it comes up with screen telling you that this version is out-of-date, and you should perform the free download - which then wants to charge you for using it. If you don't need the extra supremely wonderful features the chargeable version offers, just ignore the entreaties to download the new version...

    To answer your question, in part anyway, I've had no trouble with spyware in this BBC free version of RealPlayer.

    John
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    Re: Is RealPlayer safe?

    I've also used the Real Audio product forever and I've never had AdAware or Spybot report anything suspicious in that area. Their installation is a pain with all the checkboxes you have to turn OFF for the crap you don't want, and still you might get a popup message or two when using the player, trying to sell you something. I guess I can't blame them for that - the player IS free so they have to advertise. It's not too often I run it, and has been quite awhile since I've downloaded, so I'm not too sure if it's still called RealPlayer or the newer name they cam up with a couple of years ago, RealOne.

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    Re: Is RealPlayer safe?

    I have the free RealOne player. It required an e-mail address for download and installation, but it accepted a fake one. I agree with Al that you must take care to turn OFF all options to keep you updated etc.

    There was one item in the startup list that was installed by the RealOne player; I removed it and have had no problems with the player.

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    Re: Is RealPlayer safe?

    If it's just a matter of playing .ram (Real Audio Media?) files, I found an alternative, <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> player that can handle that format: JetAudio. I'm quite happy with its ability to handle ALL my media formats - pictures, music, movies, even dvd's - and it is completely spyware/adware free. The downside is the program is a 14Mb download, and the driver for Real files was an additional 5Mb download (handled conveniently from within the program itself), but it basically required no tweaking once the installation was done, and with no automatic 'Startup' routines to be squelched.

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    Re: Is RealPlayer safe?

    I believe at one point this was a true statement, but anymore I cannot say. What I do know is that Real's defaults are exceptionally annoying and as Al noted, require a bit of attention. Personally I feel the same way about QuickTime - intrusive to the point of irritating.

    For both Real and QT, there are alternative codecs know as Real Alternative and QuickTime Alternative. Careful hunting these down though, they seem to appear on a lot of not-so-family-friendly websites.
    -Mark

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