Thursday, September 23, 2004

AOL bypasses security in IE with WinAmp

We all know that WinAmp puts links all over the place to AOL. They are on the Desktop, the Start Menu, the IE favorites, The quick launch bar, even in your history. A I've found a new place and I find it rather disturbing. WinAmp adds an AOL website to your IE Trusted sites during installation, and this along with all the other AOL garbage is NOT optional.

To see if your computer has been affected:
  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Click on Tools then Internet Options.
  • Click on the Security tab.
  • Click on the Trusted Sites icon.
  • Click Sites.
  • Look for "http://free.aol.com", which may have been added during the installation of Nullsoft WinAmp 5 Lite.