WinZIp - quick question

Edward Pamias
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This is not really a problem, I just want to know why WinZip is considered an unwanted program by all AntiVirus software? All that chime in will get points. 1st one that responds gets dibs on the accepted answer and so on.
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Probably because of version of WinZip that bundles unwanted software

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https://forum.eset.com/topic/2660-why-does-winzip-download-cause-a-warning/
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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It depends on the AntiVirus. Symantec does not pick it up but SEP does pick up DU Meter for example.

I'm all cases, AV picks up low volume product. Not enough volume for them to set up the exclusion by default.

WinZip is certainly not a virus and not provided from a virused site.

It happens and we have to deal with it. I just build exclusions
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Another thread about WinZip bundling software, another reason why I will never use it
https://betanews.com/2005/06/14/google-bundles-software-with-winzip/

Remember AV software removes unwanted software that includes viruses, malware, adware, ransomware,  hacktools etc.

If my AV blocked WinZip for bundling software, I would consider it a job well done.
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Edward PamiasTeam Lead RRS Desk
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Thank you gentlemen, I appreciate the input.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Thanks Edward. I have been using a licensed version of WinZip since Windows 3.1. My clients as well. We do not have the problems described about and you can use it without any concern so long as you get it from WinZip direct and not any "free" source.
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Here is the reason why WinZip bundles software
winzip.png
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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WinZip the site (winzip.com) does not bundle software. Free sites do, but I get my licensed software free of any bundle. 3 decades like this now.
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Look at link I posted, they do/did
WinZip quietly updated its download executable last week, which now weighs in at close to 4MB with the added Google tools. Users are given the opportunity to opt out of installing the Google software on the first WinZip setup screen; by default the tools are installed.

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