VideoLan or VLC media player is one of many popular open source and free cross platform media player that plays almost any media formats and various streaming protocols is now spreading malware thanks to some company who bundled up the soft with crapware to monetize it.
Clearly, VideoLan company isn’t very happy about it and says here :
“At VideoLAN we’re really fed up with all those websites/companies that are tricking our users to download malware and violate our IP by distributing misleading versions of VLC without conforming to the GPL license.
What bothers us the most is that many of them are bundling VLC with various crapware to monetize it in ways that mislead our users by thinking they’re downloading an original version. This is not acceptable. The result is a poor product that doesn’t work as intended, that can’t be uninstalled and that clearly abuses its users and their privacy. Not to mention that it also discredits our work as volunteers and that it’s time-consuming, time that is not invested in the development.
Of course this situation is not specific to VLC, other open source products are affected by this scourge and there’s not much we can do about it. They have the money to buy adwords, we don’t. Sadly, as a non-profit organization we don’t have the money to sue them.”
VideoLan player is certainly one of the best media players around and we do use it to run various media formats including minor corrupted video files and flv, it’s sad to know that companies are taking advantages of it and as the nonprofit organization is without much money hence incapable of suing them.
Also according to its developer, VLC media player will always remain free from any charges and advice users to download the popular media player from its official website www.videolan.org so do get it from there and spread the news around.
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