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Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by fermentor666, May 18, 2006.

  1. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
    Ok, my computer has been acting funny lately and I've been combing over things to pinpoint any problems. Aside from a Java trojan, not much has come up. I did a scan with this website program called Housecall by TrendMicro that works well and is free. Something came up that was labeled AWS or something, and it was unnamed so I did a search for it. A while later, I started learning about Viewpoint Media Player.

    This is secretly installed with several programs, the biggest infiltration is with AIM. With AIM, the program is not only installed secretly, but upon removal it is automatically re-installed, EACH TIME YOU OPEN AIM

    What does it do? Well, it used to just look for updates and hijack your browser with pop-ups, along with allowing AIM to do those video ads. As of this year, they have begun something much more devious: TRACKING AND COLLECTING YOUR EVERY MOVE ON THIS INTERNET AND DOING SO WITH PRIDE, CLAIMING IT IS IN YOUR BEST INTEREST. - http://www.clickz.com/news/article.php/3561546

    This means that it is using not only your internet connection, but a heavy amount of resources on your PC. If you are experiencing any sort of slowdowns on your computer (not just the internet), this might be why. They claim to have 120 million "customers", so there is a very good chance that it is installed on your computer.

    Here's a bit from their "privacy statement":

    "Our clients are wide-ranging, from online retailers to auto manufacturers to online advertisers. For example, Sony uses Viewpoint to display complex features of its notebook, desktop, and server computing products. Toyota, Ford, and other car manufacturers use the Viewpoint player to highlight capabilities that are difficult to promote in a showroom or on a test drive. Many other product and service companies, most notably AOL, Coke, M&Ms, Sega, and Visa use Viewpoint for high-impact rich media advertising on a variety of popular web sites. The Viewpoint Media Player comes bundled with AOL, AIM, Adobe products and most retail computers sold today."


    PestPatrol (Computer Associates)
    -----> Ad-aware <----------
    System Info
    Computer Cops
    Webroot Spysweeper
    Microsoft Anti-Spyware
    Spybot Search & Destroy

    This is probably because either Viewpoint has paid these guys off, or they have found a loophole where you automatically sign their agreement when you install AIM. Also, they have only just recently started their tracking and collection, so the spyware detectors might still be playing catch-up.

    If you open your Control Panel, you will most likely find Viewpoint has installed an icon even in there, as if it were an essential component.

    Here's a way to remove it:

    ViewPoint Media Player manual removal:
    Uninstall Viewpoint Media Player from 'Add/Remove Programs'. Make sure you close any programs that might use this and also check your taskmanager (ctrl+alt+delete) for the "viewmngr.exe" process, or anything else with it's name. If you see it, close it, because if you try to remove the program, it will not fully do so when it is open. CLOSE AIM, FOR SURE.

    These Related files needs to be deleted if you want to remove viewpoint:
    AxMetaStream.dll, ComponentMgr.dll, MetaStreamID.ini, MtsAxInstaller.exe, npViewpoint.dll, npViewpoint.xpt, JpegReader.dll, Mts3Reader.dll, SceneComponent.dll, SreeDMMX.dll, SWFView.dll, WaveletReader.dll

    BEFORE YOU READ ANY OF THE SITES BELOW, READ THIS ONE: http://www.clickz.com/news/article.php/3561546


    Here are some links to help you:


    http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-viewpoint-media-player.html - This site lists it as being "legitimate", obviously they have been comprimised, but still tell you how to get rid of it. You should also read the comments, because they go much further into the illegality and the removal.

    http://www.download.com/ViewpointKiller/3000-2092_4-10492072.html - A "Viewpoint Killer", I have not tried this, but will after I begin the removal process.


    Recent (March), guy also offers a hidden way to stop AIM from re-installing it, and a pathetic excuse for a man named "Michael Tzez" defends Viewpoint: http://edeldoug.blogs.com/thoughts_rants_raves_and_/2006/03/aols_forced_ins.html#comments

    A very recent Slashdot discussion: http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/05/026202&from=rss

    http://ask-leo.com/is_viewpoint_spyware.html - A guy named "Leo" explains some things, plus more of Michael Tzez's ranting, the guy is becoming a well-known name for those who try and speak out against Viewpoint.

    For more information, simply search for "Viewpoint", "Viewpoint spyware", "Viewpoint removal", etc on Google.

    Viewpoint has more users than Realplayer and nearly all of them never even knew they had installed it. Think about that and then go and rid yourself of this plague. They claim they are not spyware and campaign that statement, but they are lying and you should not be fooled. Please spread this information. The more people that know, the sooner this will end.
  2. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
    I'm going to go disconnect my computer from the internet, close all my programs, and destroy all traces of this spyware.
  3. Feel Good Lost

    Feel Good Lost New Jack

    Joined: May 17, 2006 Messages: 53 Likes Received: 0
    One of the many reasons I'm happy to own a Mac.

    I read an interesting article in the Globe about how spyware companies need to clean up their act in the near future or risk prosecution / pay money damages.

    It really is fucking insane how far they have gone to fuck with personal users.
  4. Hayabusa

    Hayabusa Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 6,501 Likes Received: 219
    thank god i dont have it
    id prolly be in jail right now
    im a pirate
  5. GLIK$

    GLIK$ Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 23, 2002 Messages: 22,277 Likes Received: 117
    is this the shit that comes with the newer versions of AIM?

    Thats why I always stuck with 5.5
  6. Fondles

    Fondles Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 31, 2001 Messages: 7,866 Likes Received: 27
    I had it, just removed it. Thanks for the tip.
  7. trackstand

    trackstand Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 21, 2004 Messages: 2,262 Likes Received: 3
    Fuck that... I got AIM 4.8 still on my PC.

    Soon enough will I be getting a new laptop running OS 10 and I won't need to worry about the bullshit that comes along with running windows. I'm sick of it.
  8. Mainter

    Mainter Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 7, 2003 Messages: 5,450 Likes Received: 1
    yet another example..................misteraven
  9. Mainter

    Mainter Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 7, 2003 Messages: 5,450 Likes Received: 1
    you do not need to have AIM installed on your computer you can use multiple various other instant messenger clients like Gaim, Miranda, Trillian, Jabber that do not have viewpoint in them

    viewpoint is on a mac so that would not matter anyway
  10. Mainter

    Mainter Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 7, 2003 Messages: 5,450 Likes Received: 1
    oh might i also add it only tracks users that use IE, and netscape no matter how many times casek and i tell you GET FIREFOX
  11. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 623
  12. El Jefe Uno

    El Jefe Uno Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Dec 18, 2002 Messages: 2,588 Likes Received: 243
    yep, there it is in my process list
    atleast i use firefox
  13. Gat Bush

    Gat Bush Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 23, 2003 Messages: 9,817 Likes Received: 130
    thanks for the info
  14. WrIot

    WrIot Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 2, 2002 Messages: 1,045 Likes Received: 0
    same here. as soon as i saw the name im like "What the FUCK does this "program" do anyway" *DELETE*
  15. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15

    Older versions, too. Apparently, I've had it on my computer since at least 2003. According to the 2002 article I posted, Viewpoint had a 57% hold on North American internet users at that point, and they were mainly bundled with AIM and AOL. I would recommend GAIM or Trillian, in it's place.