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What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby Irondell » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:04 pm

I just tried to update Frostwire and it wanted to install a toolbar and a 'search function' etc... :( My God! What happened?
The EULA has this CAPITALIZED RANT about how it DOES NOT INSTALL SPYWARE, YES REALLY!!! Well, whatever... bye bye Frostwire and hello Phex. :(
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Re: What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby Dazzle_2 » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:10 pm

Any chance of giving the URL you obtained it from, as likely as not it may not have been the genuine site.
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Re: What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby Fartingbob » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:11 pm

Huh, Didnt think Frostwire would do that ever. You sure you got it from the official site? http://sourceforge.net/projects/frostwire/
Seems very strange. Theyve always had a strong no malware stance...
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Re: What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby Irondell » Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:53 am

I got the installer from http://www.frostwire.com. I just had a look at the community forum and found this: http://www.frostwire.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2109

Quote from gubatron (development team):

"As of 4.13.3 We are proud to announce we’re now partners with IAC Search & Media on the distribution of the Ask Toolbar. The success of this relationship will ensure the continuity of FrostWire’s absolutely free distribution and evolution of the technology behind it."

I'm sorry, but I just don't like foistware toolbars.

What a damn shame :(
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Re: What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby LANjackal » Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:40 am

Fartingbob wrote:Huh, Didnt think Frostwire would do that ever. You sure you got it from the official site? http://sourceforge.net/projects/frostwire/
Seems very strange. Theyve always had a strong no malware stance...
I knew something fishy was afoot at FW from a while back:

http://www.slyck.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=37056

Really sad indeed. Well, other alternatives are Cabos and Phex, as someone mentioned. I already use Cabos, gonna try Phex and see how it goes.
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Re: What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby Artie » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:36 am

I've never used Frostwire before, but I do think it's a shame when a popular adware-free client turns tables on its users. I realize everybody needs money nowadays and has to make a living in order for certain software to stay updated with all the changes happening - after all, time is money - but surely there's better ways of making money; donations, advertising banners on the site, selling your coding services to another software company, etc...

What happens if you try to uninstall the toolbars? Will Frostwire still work?
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Re: What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby qm2003 » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:52 am

The installation of this toolbar is completely voluntarily.
Didn't you pay attention during the installation or what ?

Btw, you can uninstall this toolbar seperately.

Someone has to pay for the huge amount of bandwidth for downloading frostwire alone.
I doubt there are much donations.

So what is this fuss all about ?
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Re: What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby Irondell » Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:22 am

qm2003 wrote:The installation of this toolbar is completely voluntarily.


Yes, but the "Search Function" is NOT VOLUNTARY

Or didn't you pay attention during the installation?

The "fuss" is that Frostwire was once a trustworthy open source file sharing application, and now it is not. The developers have got into bed with advertisers (and God knows who else in the future). Believe or not some people actually care about this king of thing.

Still, no biggie, I've just installed Phex 3.2 and it looks a lot better than the sick puppy it used to be.
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Re: What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby qm2003 » Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:08 am

That ominous "search function", would that be the abilitiy to search for files ?

Because i don't find ANY other "search function" in my Frostwire installation.

Maybe i am just blind.
Could be, people often say i imagine things. :toast:

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Re: What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby gubatron » Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:28 pm

The Ask.com search bar is Absolutely Optional and it has nothing to do with how frostwire works.
It says clearly that its there to help you with WEB browsing. It's not related to Gnutella search.

You can uncheck all the boxes, and stop and read the actual question and finish the installation without the toolbar.
Nothing evil there, no spyware. Bandwidth bills can't be covered anymore with donations, sorry.
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Re: What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby Dazzle_2 » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:43 pm

Cheers for stopping by to confirm that the program is free still Gubatron, most of the folks here have an aversion to installing software that has nothing to do with the app you wish to install but perhaps someone may want to use ASK.

As long as the Frostwire sourcecode is still gratis I,m not complaining :)
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Re: What Happened To Frostwire?

Postby ~NeonFire372~ » Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:36 pm

I just installed Frostwire successfully without installing the Ask toolbar or any other adware.
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