Beware Classle Soft freeware! (Now fixed, please see update)

[important]UPDATE (22nd December, 2012): Please read through the associated comments under this article. As you can see, this software developer has offered an explanation of the issues associated  with his software, it seems pretty obvious that he made an honest error in judgement and has now taken steps to rectify the situation. I have re-checked the software available from Classle Soft and all titles now scan 100% clean through Virus Total, plus locally through Avast and Malwarebytes.[/important]

freewareI recently earmarked a freeware from Classle Soft called ‘Text to MP3 Converter’ with a view to testing the software and publishing a review. Came time to commence the testing and, as always, the very first step is to scan the downloaded file through Virus Total. Unfortunately, 7 anti-virus engines flag the file for malware. You can view the scan results HERE.

I might add that the Classle Soft site has yet to be rated by either WOT or McAfee Site Advisor, which suggests the site and associated freeware must be pretty new. No guidance there so, as a follow up, I decided to investigate and check other freeware offerings from Classle Soft myself; here are the results:

ClassleSoft Extension Changer: Strangely, this one is not mentioned anywhere on the Classle Soft home site even though it is freely available via external download sites. A scan through Virus Total reveals 7 reports of malware.

ClassleSoft Candy Font: Scanning through Virus Total reveals 2 instances of reported malware.

ClassleSoft Eye Pro: Scanning through Virus Total came up 100% clean.

Listings on external download sites, such as Softpedia, also include warnings that Classle Soft  freeware comes bundled with the Babylon Toolbar.

The strange thing with Text to MP3 Converter is that an earlier version of the software actually scanned clean, the initial version download was 1.26MB but the updated version, which is the one I was preparing to test and is flagged for malware, weighed in at a heftier 2.0MB. All in all, Classle Soft freeware definitely rings alarm bells. Even though the Eye Pro software currently scans clean, considering all the evidence, I wouldn’t be hurrying to download it.

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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