Martin wants to know about FreeFileViewer – is it safe?
I came across this file while checking for something else. I was wondering if you had seen this site and, if so, is it a safe one. Thanks.
Sounds like a great program – opens all kinds of files. Unfortunately when we went to download it, we found it using a curious installer, called InstallIQ. InstallIQ allows the developer to earn revenue from a free program. InstallIQ sets cookies on your computer (no big deal) and it makes changes to your registry. This means InstallIQ earns money from somewhere – most likely advertisers. This smacks of adware to us – and with the registry entry and cookies – it looks like InstallIQ comes close to being spyware too.
We didn’t download FreeFileViewer because of its installation methods. We don’t recommend that you do either.
Here’s more information on the installer (InstallIQ) that FreeFileViewer uses:
Click the ‘Download’ button to begin downloading the software using InstallIQ™. When the download box appears, click ‘Run’ or ‘Open’ to start downloading. Once the download has been completed, the installation process will begin.
InstallIQ™ manages the installation of your software. During the installation we set cookies and update your registry:
Our websites install cookies on your computer. The product and last session cookies includes information about when and what products you downloaded. The user cookie helps us to recognize you on subsequent visits. An identification cookie is placed on your computer if you choose to register with us. None of our cookies contain Personally Identifiable Information. For information on how to remove cookies click here.
InstallIQ™ also updates your registry with a unique installer id. The installer id allows us to recognize you on all our websites. For information on how to remove the registry entry click here.
InstallIQ™ automatically uninstalls once you have received your download.
Advertisers & Publishers – Learn more about generating revenue and traffic from your Windows application using InstallIQ™