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IrfanView 3.92 bundles eBay Toolbar

This is just a heads-up for those looking into IrfanView 3.92, the latest version of the utterly brilliant freeware imaging tool. When you install it, it now asks if you want to install the eBay Toolbar – a BHO for Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer which lets you search eBay. Some sources reckon this is spyware, and indeed Spybot Search & Destroy will detect and remove it, but others say it isn’t. What it may do is pass on details of any eBay searches you do to eBay’s advertisers along with your IP address (from what I read here).
Although I have previously withdrawn endorsements for programs after they became spyware-infested, I will make an exception here, since:

  • I can’t be sure that it really is spyware
  • Removing it using its uninstaller is painless and effective
  • It is optional (although ticked by default)
  • Irfanview is so damn useful

4 Comments

  1. Hmmm…I don’t even see 3.92 on irfanview.com. I haven’t seen anything from the author on this — I love Irfanview, too, and have been using it since version 1.4, if I remember correctly.

  2. I’ve had Irfanview on my PCs as long as I’ve been running Windows. Hard to imagine him ever doing anythng bad. If I bought off eBay and using the toolbar would get him a little cash I’d use it.

  3. I have a registered copy of Irfanview, yet this also has the toolbar, I have written to Irfan to ask what this is all about.
    Rgds
    Martin

  4. Yep, I just installed this on my computer so we could look at some digital pics from our camera. I was shocked to see an eBay icon appear on the desktop. More worrisome yet was the code behind it which appeared at first glance to be redirecting to eBay after going to another site, which filled me with unfounded worries of keystroke logging and hidden frames.
    I am glad to hear there’s less than that going on, but certainly disgusted to see the sellout of another great tool. I never saw any request to add this. Was it there? Sure, probably. But I’m more upset because it was so unexpected – it’s like having your mother rent your room out or something.