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Although I have previously withdrawn endorsements for programs after they became spyware-infested, I will make an exception here, since: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