Archive for the FlashGot Category

Notice to mariners: starting with NoScript version 2.6.6.9 (ATM still a RC) and next version of FlashGot (1.5.5.6, most likely) the packages (XPIs) of my Firefox add-ons won’t be signed anymore.

Almost no other Firefox extension gets signed these days (NoScript and FlashGot had been among the earliest and few for a long time), and AMO being the only authorized repository you can install the add-on from by default, there’s little or no point in keeping the relatively expensive and clunky signature machinery in place.

You probably noticed AMO lags quite a lot behind stable versions. That’s because the editorial staff manually checks every line of code published as “stable” for security issues and known performance problems. Therefore, if you’d like to always run the latest and safest (a good idea for a security tool like NoScript), you may want to switch to the fast lane, i.e. the automatically up-to-date beta channel, by installing 2.6.6.9rc1 now.

Well, already a dozen requests today only.

Unfortunately, Safari 5's support for extensions looks even more limited than Chrome's.

So, no NoScript (nor FlashGot, nor any half decent ad blocker*, for the matter) as a Safari extension for the foreseeable future...

* Looks like ad blockers are actually possible, see Dave Hyatt's comment below. Documentation of this feature is deeply buried inside a completely unrelated "Messages and Proxies" chapter, but whatever. NoScript is a very different beast though, and infrastructure to port just does not exist (yet?) :(

In the past few hours I've received many reports from users of the popular free avast! antivirus, who were abruptly prevented from using FlashGot because its FlashGot.exe component was mistakenly detected as "Win32:Trojan-gen {Other}", a generic identifier usually associated to false positives.

FlashGot.exe is digitally signed by InformAction Soc. Coop. and unchanged since some months ago, so if you installed it from AMO or from the FlashGot web site, which both serve downloads through secure connections, you can be sure it's not a virus.

If you're in this situation, first of all please report the file as a false positive to the avast! guys, pressuring them to adjust their flawed virus database.
Then, while you're waiting for their updated definitions, you can add an exception in order to keep FlashGot working:

  1. Right click on the avast! tray icon
  2. Select Program Settings
  3. Select Exclusions and push the "Add" button
  4. Type the following path mask:
    %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*\FlashGot.exe
  5. Push "OK"

Happy downloads!

Update 21:48 UTC

They fixed it, just update your avast! virus definitions.

Just googled for Vista TCP Limit on behalf of FlashGot user.
The first 500 results at least are all reported as malicious sites, including the top two, Softpedia and MSFN.
Luckily enough for P2P addicts, Firefox's Safe Browsing -- even if backed by Google's data -- doesn't seem to agree ;)

Update Sat Jan 31 2009 16:32:50 GMT+0100

Looks like it was a more general Google bug, fixed now.

Hurry, it's the best time to use FlashGot Media!
Adobe and movie providers might withdraw their generosity at any moment :)

Bad Behavior has blocked 2305 access attempts in the last 7 days.